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When you're confronted with a blank space and it's time decide a color scheme, how can you know how to make color work with you instead of against you to accomplish your design goals? How can you know what color goes where?
The answer to those questions is in the color wheel.
Since warm colors tend to advance, this means that they tend to draw in a space. This red living room feels more intimate because it's red. If the designer wanted to make the room feel more open and expansive, she would have chosen a cooler color.
If you have a large, sparsely furnished room and your goal is to close it in and make it feel more intimate, a warm color like this yellow can do that for you.
This tendency of warm colors to advance can be seen at work in this yellow-green accent wall. That accent wall is pulling the stairs closer to the dining table. Of course, it's not actually moving anything, but the perception is that the space feels closer.
If you're deciding on a paint scheme and there are elements in a room that you want to draw closer, point them in a warmer color.