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Decorating in Cool Colors

Cool colors - ranging from blue to green - offer a crisp calm to a space. Decorating in cool colors can bring serenity or richness to a space, depending on the depth of the hues you choose. Learn how to use a cool color scheme and create a tranquil look you'll love.

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Infuse your home with cool sophistication by choosing a color scheme from the cool side of the color wheel. The cool side of the color wheel imparts its serene calmness in the room. It spans from peppy green, to rego purple. In this example, a living room is decorated in shades of green and blue. When choosing colors, choose one hue to be the star for cohesiveness. Here, a Caribbean blue colors the walls and appears in variations on pillows and in the striped rug. Take the chill off of cool colors by incorporating a cool color with warm undertones. A yellow-based green lends that warmth on the ottoman and striped pillow in this living room. Use white as a crisp counterpoint to cool hues. A white lamp table and sofa create a kickback cottage or beach style mood. White sheers on the windows, surface a smooth transition between the bright sunlight and a cool interior. White blinds keep the look light but it can also be lowered for privacy. Patterns will help you carry a color scheme in a room. The floral print on the armchair showcases all the use of the color scheme, plus a bit of yellow for warmth. Play with different combinations of colors from the cool side of the color wheel to create a room that imparts a calm vibe. Mix in a crisp neutral and a few hands of warm views and you'll create the perfect cool color scheme that will work in any room.