Monday, July 12, 2010
The Winter Room
Warm colours up the psychological temperature of a room. Red, yellow, and orange are the warm tones on the colour wheel. Combinations of these colours will make you feel warm and cosy even if it's cold outside.
Light has an effect on how a room looks and feels. Warm, yellow light sources like natural sunlight, firelight, candles, and soft light bulbs feel warm and inviting. You may not want to open windows to let sunlight in, and you might not even want to build a fire every day. Then just choose warm light bulbs or mass candles to create a light source.
Lamps make pools of light that feel cosier than overhead lighting's glare. Add lamps or change the shades to russet or saffron tones to get a quit shot of warmth in the room.
Texture helps, too. The reflections from metals and the play of light on rough textures can intensify the warmth created by firelight or candlelight.
If it's time to paint or paper the walls, don't hesitate to use a deeper, warmer tone. Changing furnishings in warm weather can make your winter room look summery when the season changes.