1. Spice up your space for instant warmth
Nothing will warm up your room quicker than the addition of Spiced Honey, our Colour of the Year 2019. Incredibly versatile, this amber tone exudes sophistication and works beautifully with a range of palettes, from understated neutrals to impactful brights and even pastels. Try using it to zone an open-plan space to create a cosy living area. For a truly toasty feel, pair it with textured throws and soft cushions in deep shades.
2) Balance out lilac hues with velvet and dark wood
Lilac tones have a miraculous calming effect, offering a warm welcome home after braving the elements. This clever colour, the perfect balance of red and blue, is also extremely adaptable. So, whether your style is classic country or minimalist chic, it’s the ideal choice for injecting some character into a room. To dial up your winter wellbeing, look to sumptuous details, like velvet scatter cushions in rich jewel tones, deep-pile, shaggy rugs, the softest throws and dark wood accessories.
3) Winter proof pastels to create a dreamy retreat
Reminiscent of the ocean or crisp clear skies, pastel blue hues are instantly soothing. But when the temperature drops, and the days get shorter, they can sometimes feel a little chilly. For a true blue scheme with added warmth, transform your walls with an ombre finish. Blending two similar tones together will create a subtle statement and add a comforting depth to your space. And to really get hibernation ready? It’s all about the layers. Think soft, tactile fabrics and accessories in sheepskin, wool and cashmere. See how to create an ombre effect.
4) Give high-ceilings the comfort factor with chic two tone walls
Rooms with high ceilings often have a wonderful feeling of light and openness, but they can also lack the snug factor of smaller spaces. Using colour to horizontally divide your walls is a clever way to create intimacy, without distracting from your impressive architecture. Try a sage green tone at the bottom and a light neutral at the top for a sophisticated yet serene look. The addition of a painted ‘dado rail’ keeps it classic and also allows you to introduce a third, complementary colour to your scheme.
5) Combine blush tones with vibrant accents for instant uplift
Soft pink is the colour of choice for creating a space that feels cosy and comfortable, yet still fresh and uplifting. With this magnificently malleable shade as a backdrop, you can change the mood of your room throughout the year, simply by updating a few accessories. For the cooler months, choose fabrics in accent colours and lighting in warm metallics. Extending your wall colour onto your skirting will not only unify the space and make it feel bigger, but also create a cocoon effect, perfect for curling up in.