The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. Glimpses of the sun are getting few and far between and it’s cold, all of the time. Some people love winter but for most sane people, it’s the worst time of the year. Turning up the heating and getting a sweater is one way to beat the heat but if your house doesn’t feel cozy enough, you’ll always feel that chill. There are a lot of simple ways of achieving that by putting in heavy cushions and thick rugs, but there’s something to be said for a quick coat of paint. Painting your rooms in a new color can completely reinvent them and, even though the temperature isn’t any different in there, it can give you the impression that it’s a whole lot warmer. Here are a few great examples of how you can use paint color to make a room way cozier.
I know what you’re thinking, there’s nothing less inviting and warm than a gray room, except maybe a black one. That’s where you’re wrong. It’s all about how you use it. This Modern bedroom in idealist is a perfect example of an absolutely amazing room that uses gray paint, yet still creates an inviting, warm space. The key is not in the paint color alone, it’s the way that you pair it with the other surfaces in the room. The use of wooden features in the room offsets the gray and warms it right up. Leather also has the same effect so using wooden or leather furniture in combination with gray walls will create a very warm room.
Gold is a very warming color but it’s a pretty dangerous one if you don’t know what you’re doing. Painting an entire room in gold is going to make it look incredibly tacky and can easily get overbearing. That doesn’t mean you should steer clear of it completely though because if you balance it properly then it can give you great results. It’s a very strong color so you need to match it with something neutral. It’s best to use the gold on just one or two of the walls and then accent it with something less harsh like a white or a light magnolia to bring it down a step.
Again, green is a color that can easily go wrong. When you’re choosing a green color to create a warming effect, don’t go for anything too bright. Neon lime green is less warming and more nauseating. When you’re thinking of greens, picture nature. Think of a log cabin in the forest with a roaring fire, that’s the kind of green you’re going for. Equally, you don’t want to go too dark or you’ll just end up with a dingy hole instead of an inviting room. Green is a great color to use if you’re going for a vintage theme.
Ok, so I already said that black can be even worse than gray and for walls, it is. But using a deep black for your front door can create a great contrast that makes the rest of the house feel much warmer. Having such a drastic cold color on the door gives the impression that all of the chills are locked outside while you’re safe on the other side in your nice warm house.
You might not have considered these colors before when you’re trying to create a warm room but if you use them right, they’re incredibly effective.