Color Palette: Warm or Cool?

What is your best color palette? Are you warm or cool? Clear or Muted? If you are not sure, read on…

Warm Cool Palettes

Your best colors flatter your skin tone, brighten your face and give you a ‘feels good’ feeling. The wrong colors can make you look tired and older. You know when you are wearing a great color, but what about the rest of your wardrobe?

In the color wheel, there’s a separation that you need to be aware of so that you can understand color schemes better: warm and cool colors. Each has its own purpose to convey emotions. Warm colors exhibit energy and joy (best for personal messages), while cool colors convey calmness and peace (best for office use).

As a general rule of thumb you don’t want to have more than three colors in your outfit. Use the right colors for your skin tone and coloration. Try different colors against your skin and learn which palettes look best on you. Also, get a second opinion. Never use holiday colors like red and green unless it is close to that holiday. Avoid matching gray colors with bright colors such as yellow.

Overtone: the warmth or coolness as associated with warm or cool objects.

  • Blues and greens are seen as cool because we associate them with cool water and forests.
  • Red, orange and yellow have warm overtones as we associate them with the sun, fire and heat.

Undertone refers to how the color has been created and whether or not it has a warm (usually yellow) or cool (usually blue) base when the pigments creating the color are mixed.’s team of trained Stylists can identify and show you the best colors for your wardrobe.

Building your wardrobe with all flattering colors equals a coordinated mix and match-able closet.

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