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Mixed Warm & Cool Color Symbolism

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Examples of Mixed Warm and Cool Colors

These colors pull a little bit from the warm (reds or yellows) and a bit from the cool (blues) sides of the color wheel. © Jacci Howard Bear; licensed to About.com

| Cool, Calming Colors | Warm, Exciting Colors | Unifying Neutral Colors
Colors with attributes from both the warm and cool colors can calm and excite. These are colors derived from a mix of a cool and warm color such as cool blue plus warm red or cool blue plus warm yellow. Shades of purple and shades of green along with beige are mixed colors that carry the color symbolism of both the warm and cool sides of the color wheel.

A cool blue and a warm red combine to create deep purples and pale lavenders. To a lesser extent, shades of green, especially turquoise and teal, also have both the warming and cooling effects born of warm yellow and cool blue. Some light neutrals such as cream, pale beige, and taupe evoke some of the same warm and cool feelings of purples and greens. The opposite or clashing color for purple is green and for green, purple.

The profiles for each of these mixed colors include descriptions of their nature, cultural color meanings, how to use each color in design work, and which colors work best together.

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