Warm Colors

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Red. Yellow. Orange.


These colors are known by the general public as “warm colors.”


In a gardening article done by Cornell University, the effects of warm colored flowers are given. Warm colors, such as shades of red, yellow, and orange, catch a person’s attention because they are energetic and lively. Because these colors draw your attention, yellow flowers have the ability to de-emphasize buildings, as show in this picture.

Warm colors have the ability to make a large space seem smaller and more intimate.

Warm colors are suggested by home decorators if you want to have a cozy feel within your house. They give a lively look, like a warm fire or a sunny day.


Warm colors tend to pop and therefore you can use less of a warm color to make an impact.

Artists, like William Turner, use warm colors to create a feeling for their viewers. When you look at the reds and oranges in this picture, you can almost feel a light, warm breeze blowing on you.

Too much of a warm color can suffocate a room or a painting or a garden, so it’s wise to keep in mind that all colors should be used in moderation with one another.




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  1. Great examples, but I would like to hear more about your response as well…what do you think of the Cornell study? How has this changed/affected your thinking?
    Eric Carle’s children’s books use these color palettes as well…your first piece of multimedia makes me think of him. Title the Turner painting (The Fighting Temeraire).
    some new information on the topic; informational post: attempts to synthesize information and form new meaning; well organized but needs to be written in a somewhat interesting style and voice; sentence fluency is mostly achieved
    no spelling errors; no grammar errors; multimedia adds new information or perspective to post; several links included that add to the reader’s understanding post; categorized or tagged


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