Decorating for winter can be a challenge, even for seasoned interior designers. How do you completely change the mood of a home without going over your budget? One thing you can do is change your colors to suit the season. Color has always been a powerful design tool, and the right choice of colors can transform any home into a warm winter haven. Here are some colors worth trying out this season.
Red: Easily the warmest color in the spectrum, red is great for large spaces that tend to appear cold and unwelcoming. Use it as an accent rather than your main color, as an all-red room can be too much for the eyes. Go for patterned red rugs, red drapes and throw pillows, and red curtains that filter the light and cast a warm glow around the room.
Yellow: The color of sunlight, yellow is often associated with summer and the outdoors. Yellow décor themes never fail to make anyone feel at home, even when it’s below freezing outside. Unlike red, it’s safe to use as your main color as long as you stick to soft, muted hues. Pastel and butter yellow work well for the walls, and ochre is great for accents and details.
Orange: If you’re feeling adventurous or going for a modern theme, orange is a great winter choice. As bold as red but as calming as yellow, it lets you enjoy both colors without going overboard. Soft but eye-catching shades can make a rustic color scheme that’s perfect for the season. Try using brick and rust with cool accents such as blue, green, or black.
Brown: For something more toned down, go for a brown color scheme. Brown is very neutral and goes with virtually any other color. Combined with the colors above, it makes a vibrant southwestern effect that instantly becomes the room’s focal point. And like most earth tones, you can use it all year round and still stay in style. If painting your walls is too expensive, try using movable items such as brown area rugs, drapes, and slip covers. That way, you can replace them and put them back any time you want.