Winter has arrived, and with it, our desire to retreat to our homes in search of warmth and comfort. While bright colours and breezy textiles are synonyms with summer, the colder months call for a different aesthetic. It’s time to embrace the allure of darker hues, which, when used correctly, can help transform a space into a cosy cocoon where one can relax and unwind away from the cold. In this article, we share some of our favourite ways to inject warmth into the home this winter through dark colours.
Make a statement with paint
One of the simplest ways to transform a space into a cosy haven is to paint the walls. Deep shades of charcoal, navy, green and burgundy can instantaneously change the mood of a room and make it feel warmer. If painting all the walls in a room is out of your comfort zone, opt for a single accent wall. Painting just one wall in a room is a great way to experiment with colour without overwhelming both you and the space. The darker wall (or walls) will add depth to a space and serves as a great backdrop for furniture and textiles.
Play with contrasts
Play around with contrast. When decorating with darker hues, it's important to create a visually dynamic and balanced interior, and you can achieve this by contrasting light and dark elements. An example would be inky blue walls paired with a soft caramel sofa or a cream-coloured rug. This sort of contrast adds depth and dimension to a room and allows your furniture and textiles to pop against a backdrop of darker shades.
Create a cosy cocoon with textiles
Up the cosy factor by selecting textiles that make the room feel like a cocoon. Sumptuous fabrics like velvet, wool and faux fur in dark shades of black, chocolate, emerald green and ruby red all create a tactile and inviting atmosphere. By layering items such as throw blankets, rugs and scatter cushions, you add visual and physical warmth to a space.
Illuminate the darkness
While embracing dark colours is the name of the game in winter, it's important to note that there has to be some element of light to prevent a space from looking overly sombre. Adequate lighting is key to achieving this delicate equilibrium. Maximise natural light where you can by way of windows and doors, but also include a few carefully-considered light fixtures to ensure the room has a cosy glow about it. A combination of ambient, task and accent lighting will give the room a layered look and prevent it from feeling too heavy. Fixtures in warm metal tones of gold, copper and brass look spectacular when paired with darker-hued wall colours, furniture and textiles.