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How To Make A Room Feel Cooler, or Warmer, With Colour

Cool colours used in painting your home interior can help make hot rooms feel cooler

When the mercury is rising, you should be able to retreat to a cool room in your home. You can create that sanctuary by making the room feel cooler with the right colours. And if you have a room that is naturally chilly when the winter winds breeze through, you can use colour to create a warmer feeling. But how?  

Cooling colours can help a hot room feel cooler.
Photo by Kara Eads

How To Make A Room Feel Cooler

If you want to know how to make a hot room feel cooler, you need to know what colours make a room feel cooler.  

Typically, lighter colours do a better job of reflecting heat. Every paint colour has different properties, and one of those is light reflecting. The more reflective particles a paint contains, the cooler it can make a room.  

White is the most reflective, so it is your best option for reflecting light and keeping the room cooler. However, pale greens and pale blues are also great options. Light-reflecting colours bounce the light around the room rather than absorbing it, which is why it’s great for making smaller rooms look bigger. Lighter shades of grey and pale yellows are also a great option as they reflect around 90% of light. Typically, cooler colours are calming and it’s because they tend to be the colours we most associate with nature.  

You can cool down easier by installing additional insulation in your walls and ceiling. It helps reduce the time it takes for the AC to cool a room, which means your money will go further. 

How To Make A Room Feel Warmer

If you want to beat the winter winds, you can warm up your chillier rooms with darker hues. Darker shades absorb light which helps them retain heat to make your room warmer. The least reflective colour is deep red. Any dark, rich colour is great for warming up a room. Opt for a colour that’s neutral enough that you can easily accent with bright colours for warmer months. Dark hues also work well with wood which has a natural warmth to it. If you can incorporate wood into your design, you’ll up the warmth.  

If you want to create a cooling or warming effect in your home, reach out to AJ Cochrane & Sons for your no-obligation quote. We can recommend cooling or warming colours that will perfectly match your style, home, and décor. 

Talk to an AJ Cochrane & Sons Colour Consultant today

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