Temperature is a colour thing. Cool, warm, neutral… And by no coincidence at all, these temperatures also describe our feelings, both on a basic level (hot or cool) and on an emotional level (hot passion or cool indifference). They’re all interconnected. By simply changing the colour of your decor—whether it’s the whole room or just accessories—you can also change your perceptions of temperature within that room, warming it up or cooling it down.
For now, let’s warm it up. Add to this some touchy-feely fabrics such as wool blends, rough and fluffy textures and sumptuous velvets that make you want to snuggle up all day, and you have the makings of a room that will feel warm and cosy even if if the power goes out and the mercury drops.
Try these ideas for starters…
1. SPICY ORANGE
Just as a hot orange-and-ginger drink on a cold day will warm you up from the inside, flaming orange with a hint of a ginger undertone will optically turn up the thermostat in your home… without upping the electricity bill! Being complimentary to blue, this spicy colour pairs well with rich navy or deep indigo.
2. MAD FOR MUSTARD
Have you noticed? Mustard is everywhere! In every store from fashion to decor to kitchen accessories. So, if you’re not wearing it, or eating it, you should at least be sitting on it.
3. RED HOT RUBY
There’s a reason red is associated with passion—it literally makes you feel hot! It’s also the colour of choice for fast-food franchises because it’s associated with increased appetite. But hey, ‘tis the season for comfort eating so just go with it. Some deep midnight blues and subtle greens should counter the impulse to pig out every time you sit on your new ruby sofa!
4. JOIN THE RUSH FOR PLUSH
Feeling warm is all about, well, feeling. So, whether it’s scatter cushions, upholstery or curtaining, snuggle up to plush fabrics with velvety textures, and you’ll create a warmer atmosphere in your home instantly.
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