What are Warm and Cool Colors
Is That Color Warm or Cold
You hear a lot about the terms warm or cool colors. There is a broad definition and a more detailed explanation for warm and cool colors. The basic definition for your primary colors are red is warm and blue is cold some refer to yellow as warm but I consider it a neutral color meaning it can lean either warm or cool. Next you have your secondary colors Orange is warm and Violet is cool but once again I consider green to be neutral because it can be warm or cool.
|Warm Colors||Neutral Colors||Cool Colors|
There is a more detailed definition of warm or cool and it is applied to every color on color wheel and the colors you have on your palette. Here is a break down of the warm an cool versions of each color.
Warm and Cool of each Primary and Secondary Color
|Warm Colors||Cool Colors|
|Yellow – Orange Yellows||Yellow – Greener Yellows|
|Blue – Blue Greens||Blue- Violet Blues|
|Red – Red Orange||Red – Red Purples|
|Orange- Orange Reds||Orange – Orange Yellows|
|Purple – Purple Reds||Purple – Purple Blues|
|Greens-Yellow Greens||Greens – Blue Greens|
There is an even more detailed definition and probably the most important
Warm or Cool Depends on the surrounding colors
Colors can be warmer or cooler in context to one another, you can take a cool color from a overall warm painting(one with mostly oranges and reds) and put it in an overall cool painting(one with a a lot of purple and blues) and the color that was cool in one context can be warm in another. Below is a good example.
The Violet Color Seems Warm among blues and greens but cool among yellows and reds
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