Posted on November 01 2016
With the colder weather finally here and looking to stay awhile, you may be wondering how to create a warm look in your home to carry you through until the warmer months are here again. For me, the best way to have a room read as 'warm and cozy' is through layers of textiles and colors inspired by our natural surroundings. Neutral hues are not only beautiful, they also rarely go out of fashion so incorporating these colors into your design is always a great way to ensure you won't tire of it any time soon.
Of course, there are varying shades of taupe, chocolate, beige or the many other shades that could be construed as being in the brown family which may immediately come to mind when we think about neutral shades. However, varying shades of white and ivory - from linen and cream to pearl and brilliant white - all come under the neutral family as does shades of black – from deepest slate to soft charcoal and the dusty blue and green greys as well. The color grey – proclaimed by interior designers everywhere as the ‘new neutral’ – has over 500 different shades that can be seen by the human eye.
So when we start to consider the wide range of colors we really have to choose from, why not understand how to use this vast array to create a perfectly cozy retreat from the cold weather?
If we consider textiles, winter is the perfect time of year to bring in soft touchable textures to play against harder surfaces in the space. So you might want to consider using a shaggy deep pile rug with a soft worn leather sling chair or choosing to pair a velvet footstool against wooden parquet flooring. These textures will play against one another creating interest and layers in your design.
When using neutral colors, be sure to mix up the range and saturation that you are using. While the colors may be more muted, you’ll still want varying shades of light and dark to contrast each other. Use less variation to create a calming effect or use both dark and light shades to create a space with more energy. The greater the contrast in your colors, the more energy created so think about what feeling you'd like in your room and let that be your guide.
You'll also want to think about patterns. With neutral tones and shades, you can layer patterns more easily as there won't be the strong colors to distract the eye and it's a little easier to play up a good mix and have fun with it. Try to keep in mind when mixing patterns to stick with one large-scale pattern, one medium scale and one small scale pattern along with some solid colors that pull everything together and keep the look calm and comfortable.
Finally, consider adding some organic shapes and color to your design by way of houseplants. Whether you use large potted trees or tiny succulents dotted along a windowsill, plants will add their own unique layer to a home whilst also purifying the air and adding an additional layer for cozy style. Choose natural terracotta and ceramic planters alongside woven baskets for textural warmth or consider macramé planters for a boho chic vibe.
We've chosen some of our favorite neutral furniture and accessories to bring in a bit of cozy warmth to your home this winter!