So you’ve sparked your fireplace into action, brought out the cosy throws and lit all the candles. Now all you need to bring your cosy interior to the next level is a cleverly chosen colour scheme.
Here are eight beautiful winter warming ideas to get your home looking toasty and snug – without cranking up the central heating all the way to the top.
1. Co-ordinating Pastels
A grown-up way to use pastels at home is to choose muted, toned down shades. This is also a great way to make them work for the winter months, too. The cosy living room above has used dark, smokey shade Urban Obsession over the fireplace to offset the playful pastels elsewhere in the scheme, add depth and make a focal point of the cosy fireplace.
The best greys for cosy rooms are warm greys and greyed neutrals that have hints of pink, gold or yellow in them, such as Urban Obsession. This mid–tone shade gives the impression of looking light and airy without looking too cold. Pair with pastel pinks yellows such as Tea Rose and Natural Calico to complete the look.
2. Turn up the heat
Have you ever wondered why you feel even cosier in the presence of red? A warm, earthy colour like this Burnt Autumn 2 tends to advance, so it appears to come forward and make spaces feel homely and comfortable.
Pair a warm and toasty red with fresh white woodwork (try Cool White) and accessories in natural wooden tones to maximise the warm and inviting mood.
3. Purple haze
Wild Blackberry makes for a dramatic backdrop for any dining room. Using dark purples like this creates a cosy, intimate space for entertaining in. Harness the richness and grandeur of this deep shade by adding hints of gold or metallics, and strike a balance by offsetting them with natural, earthy hues.
Painting your woodwork, dado rails and doors the same colour as your walls gives your space a contemporary look. It’ll also give your space the feeling of more space, despite the dark shade.
4. Au naturel
Take your inspiration from nature when it comes to the decorating. Pair your wall colours with earthy hues, natural wooden accessories and relaxed, soft furnishings.
5. Two-tone tricks
Use two similar tones in a room to create an enveloping and cocooning feel. The contemporary two-tone technique keeps things graphic and sharp while the warming pinks and reds keeps on top of cosiness.
Pick your colours wisely. Using shades that sit next to each other on the colour wheel, such as pinks, reds and oranges, work well for this two-tone effect. And remember, the walls don’t have to be exactly split in half.
6. Hot, hot, hot
Grey has been the colour du jour for a while now, and it isn’t going anywhere soon. One fresh way to brighten up subtle, soothing greys is by introducing an eye-popping shade of yellow. A vibrant splash of a zesty shade around a focal point such as the fireplace or an artwork will give your scheme an up-to-date twist.
The best thing about grey is that it’s so versatile. A soft grey like Rock Salt makes for a cosy backdrop for showcasing warm and welcoming hues like yellow, coral or copper. If you’re undecided on which grey works best for you, read Dr. Dulux: How to Find the Right Shade of Grey.
7. Purple serenity
For a magical and soulful mood, go for a bold purple such as Heather Bloom 3 on your walls. This deep, enveloping colour was made for curling up and chilling out in, instantly creating a warm, intimate ambience in the room.
To make things extra cosy, surround yourself with meaningful artworks and photos on the walls with a cluster of mismatched frames that'll make you smile.
8. Earn your stripes
If you thought red was tricky to live with, think again. Intersperse rich reds between stripes of hot oranges, earthy browns and caramel tones for a balanced but impactful scheme that’s as cosy as it is dramatic.
These shades are Pink Nevada 1, Blush Noisette 2, Bongo Jazz 1 and Java Cream 4. Keep accessories and furnishings in the same colour family of oranges, browns and reds for a snug scheme that’s harmonious and not too busy.
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