Now winter has settled in, many of us look at ways to keep our homes warm. A nice roaring fire and some comfortable furniture can go a long way to creating just the right atmosphere on these cold, frosty nights.
Warming your home isn’t just about turning up the thermostat on the central heating or adding more logs to the fire. There’s a lot you can do with your décor to make a cosy environment. In general, warm colours tend to be stimulating while cooler ones have the opposite effect and calm us down.
Warm Your Home with Winter Colours
Below are some tips on how to warm up your home décor this Winter:
Start with the Walls and Ceilings
Colours can either be warm, neutral or cool. Pink and blue, for example, can seem cool on their own, but combined with warmer colours work well. Rich reds, light yellows and reddish browns can transform any room and make it look a lot warmer. Mix these in with some dark, comfortable furniture and cushions and you’ll probably feel the warmth even before you turn the heating on.
Here are some ideas to change how a room feels with some warming paint colour tips:
- Transform your bedroom from a chilly, clinical feel with a ceiling that has an elegant yellow shade. This can contrast quite brilliantly with light coloured walls. Yellow also works well with grey and can be quite distinct.
- Rustic greens can be a good choice for your walls and provide a slightly antique or aged feel to an area like the living room.
- If you want something that has more impact, choose a striking red for the staircase and hall, it can make a big difference, especially as you walk in through the front door from the cold outside.
- Peach is another way to warm up a bedroom, especially a smaller sized room. It goes with most décor mixes and gives an innate sense of cosiness you’ll love.
Of course, you can always choose to go white. This might seem counterintuitive, but it’s a neutral colour that will work well with your furnishings – if you’ve got warm sofas and comforting throws, the neutral white décor will make the furniture “pop”.
Follow The 80/20 Rule
Before you start to decorate your walls, if you’re using strong colours, there’s the 80/20 rule to think about. This basically stipulates that 20% should be given over to strong hues and 80% to light or neutral. It stops you from creating a room that appears overpowering and which should have just the right amount of warmth.
To make a truly warm home environment you need to look at all your other fixtures and fittings. Your carpets can follow the rules above and for furnishings like sofas and beds there are plenty of warming choices. Leather works well but dark browns and even blacks can be transformative whatever the material. Space is also important – if you have a large living room, for instance, moving your favourite furniture away from the wall and towards the fireplace can give a feeling of comfort and warmth.
You’ll also want to pay special attention to lighting. It’s the one thing that can transform a room at the press of a button. Lamps with elegant shades, thoughtfully positioned can create the feeling of a lot of warmth, especially when a winter storm is blowing away outside.