Decorating in Cozy Colors

Rev up the cozy factor in your home with these rich shades of red, orange, green, and brown.


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Warm Mixes

    This window seat is covered in cozy pillows in mixed tones of warm colors.

    Make it work for you:

    --Find fabrics that work well together like this blend of orange, red, purple, and tan used on the seat cushion.

    --Cool-hued molding pops against the warmer colors.

    --Mix a cool shade like this lovely lavender pillow for added interest.

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Mix and Match

    This yellow-green wall is paired with a pop of rusty red to create a traditionally cozy palette.

    Make it work for you:

    --Green is a color that can be warm or cool, so choose yellow-based shades to add warm vibes to your room.

    --When pairing green and red, choose a red with brown undertones to avoid creating a Christmas combo.

    --Find creative ways to separate the shades. The classic tones of the oak bookcase do the trick here.

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Shades of Brown

    The elegant vibe created in this living room comes from the shades of the rich chocolate brown used throughout the space.

    Make it work for you:

    --Warm up the brown family with pops of color such as the eye-catching orange accents.

    --To highlight an architectural element such as this beautiful ceiling, choose a dark color for your walls.

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Bold Reds

    Red walls and accents can instantly transform any room. Here the cherry walls paired with splashes of yellow create a cozy atmosphere.

    Make it work for you:

    --Don't be afraid of bold shades.

    --To create more texture in the room, mix and match patterns such as plaids, polka dots, and stripes.

    --Keep a refined look by choosing furniture with clean, traditional lines.

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Simple Pops

    This white kitchen's swath of orange adds instant warmth and verve to this otherwise neutral space.

    Make it work for you:

    --To enhance the look, choose accessories in bold colors, such as the mixer and flowers in this kitchen.

    --When choosing a wall color, coordinate it with the shades in the countertop.

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Red Shades of Brown

    Warm wood tones paired with rich russet walls create a dramatic look in any small space.

    Make it work for you:

    --Even though deep colors can make rooms look smaller, they can also add elegant effects, especially in a small space such as a bathroom or reading nook.

    --If you are pairing wood tones with brown paint, be sure the tones complement each other.

    --To prevent the room from looking too dark, accessorize with neutral elements such as crisp white hand towels.

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Tone on Tone

    Vertical stripes in two shades of orange create an elegant look in this casually sophisticated dining room.

    Make it work for you:

    --To get this look, choose two shades within the same paint family, perhaps from the same paint card.

    --Simple furniture and accessories will highlight the paint treatment.

    --To create an even more dramatic look, paint one color in a glossy sheen and one in a matte finish.

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Warm Green Hues

    Shades of green paired with rich burnt-orange accessories add warmth to this elegantly formal room.

    Make it work for you:

    --Don't be afraid to saturate a room with color; just be sure to stay within the same color tones (as seen here).

    --To add warmth to a room, paint the ceiling one shade lighter than your walls. Then top it off with crown molding to make a statement.

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Rich Reds

    Red is a popular color for dining rooms and kitchens. A deep red such as this one looks sophisticated and dramatic yet comfortable.

    Make it work for you:

    --To ensure you get the right shade of red, try a few sample cans on your walls. Red paint can be very tricky to choose.

    --Accessorize with touches of red such as the window treatment and rug.

    --Connect two rooms by incorporating the rich shade into furniture throughout both spaces.

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Modern Warmth

    Cozy chocolate-brown sofas paired with rich green club chairs and a sassy ottoman are the ingredients for this super sleek living room.

    Make it work for you:

    --You can also add warmth by using cozy fabrics such as velvet.

    --A simple pop of color through artwork will add a lot of bang for your buck.

    --To add more warmth, layer different window treatments.

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Contrasting Colors

    The detail of the white woodwork pops against the crisp contrast of the deep red walls.

    Make it work for you:

    --Choosing a red with a burnt-orange undertone creates a more refined look in a room.

    --Keep your accessories simple when highlighting the architectural character of the space.

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