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lounge room with warm tones
Harness the power of colour and texture to cocoon at home this winter.

Comfort tones

A winter-inspired palette of comforting colours can turn your home into a hibernation haven. With the power of bold colour to imbue a room with warmth, winter is a perfect time to try this interior design look on for size.

Vibrant reading corner including a bright yellow bookcase and a rich navy velvet armchair

Start with colour

When creating a cosy, comfortable space, colour is key. “Colour and emotions are closely linked, with colour playing a substantial role in influencing how we feel in a space,” explains Jane Wright, Bunnings trend and design manager. “Earthy terracottas and ochres, and cosy shades of elderberry and clay evoke feelings that support our physical and emotional wellbeing. The warmth of these shades plays into our need to feel cocooned.”

Warm reds and yellows are not the only choices; it’s all about undertones, richness of pigment and, of course, how the colour speaks to you on a personal level. Melanie Stevenson of Porter’s Paints, says, “Cosy up your space with colours you love, whether that is a restful blue, deep emerald green, a classic navy or a rich turmeric – as long as the colour is complex and moody, it will work well.

Go-to cosy hues

For a restful scheme, opt for soft sunset shades of blush and coral, or earthy shades of tobacco, rust, ochre and mustard. Deeper tones tend to be more cocooning, but ultimately it’s about personal preference. Lighter, pastel shades might be an easier choice for the colour-shy, and can be layered with deeper-toned accessories.

Marble coffee table adorned with cosy toned accessories and florals

Keep out the cold

If you prefer a cooler palette, you can still create a cosy space. Melanie says, “If you love cooler tones like greys, blues and greens, look for ones that are complex with some warm element to the undertones.” For example, choose a grey with undertones of ochre over one with a straight black tint, which will be cold and soulless. Complete the paint scheme with a warm neutral for trims and any other walls. Davina Harper, Dulux colour specialist, suggests, “To balance these cooler hues, you can add texture with beautiful warm layers of textiles in rich browns, caramels and terracottas".

Cosy bedroom styled with a cool colour palette

Dress up warm

A plush rug or artfully draped throw can take an interior scheme from summer to winter. It’s all about adding softness and balancing hard materials, says Melanie Stevenson. “If you have roller blinds, soften the effect with sheer curtains. Leather sofas? Add throws and textured cushions to counter the hard texture.” Pick furniture with rounded forms over hard angles, and choose natural materials that invite touch – especially those in rich colours.

Lounge room styled using rich brown hues. Feature wall painted in Tampico Brown by PPG Paints

Safety tip: Always have your wood heater professionally installed to ensure regulations and correct clearances are met.

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Photo Credit: Cath Muscat and James Moffatt

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