Deep, warm colours can turn a cold, sterile space into a cosy nook and give the illusion of comfort. Resene Colour Consultant Rebecca Long explains.
Warm colours are often made up of hues such as red, orange and yellow and can bring a warm, comfortable feeling to your home. They tend to make you think of warm things such as heat, fire and sunlight and vary in strength from strong and powerful to soft and muted.
If you are naturally drawn to cooler colours don’t panic. You can still create a warm home as every colour has its own spectrum of warm and cool tones. For example, light greens can appear cool and fresh while olive greens can appear warm and grounded. Resene Grey Olive is a mid-toned green with a subtle, olive yellow tone.
Blues can vary from cold and icy, smoky and muted to dark and brooding. If you’re looking for a warmer blue, steer clear of the icy blues and work with a deeper blue such as Resene Artemis, which is a muted, slate blue with a gentle green undertone. Pair with rich timbers and thick, textured throws for added comfort.
Greys become warmer with the help of yellow, green and beige tones. Resene Half Truffle is a great neutral grey that offers sleek, modern sophistication without sacrificing warmth.
This winter we are seeing a surge of subtle apricots, sunkissed terracottas, delicate creams and burnished browns and golds coming through. So why not celebrate the changing seasons by experimenting with rich Resene Swiss Carmel, elegant Resene Virtuoso and the weathered Resene Stonewashed? One of my top picks of the moment is Resene Sunbaked, which adds an instant hit of energy.
Resene Colour Expert, Rebecca Long is passionate about the difference colour and paint can make to a home. If you have a paint, colour or wallpaper query, visit your Resene ColorShop for expert advice, or book an appointment with a Resene Colour Expert online.
Stylist – Annick Larkin. Photography – Bryce Carleton.May 2019
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