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Cozy up a room by enveloping the space in a warm, soothing neutral. Here, buttercream-yellow walls and a matching sofa, plus blond wood trim, add up to a cozy backdrop for an intimate family room. Amping up a soft neutral with a bold, warm color anchors a room, as does plenty of texture and a handful of medium-tone neutrals. Orange pillows, an orange accent table, a wicker coffee table, and taupe club chairs do the trick in this space.
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Cool colors, such as blue and purple, can create a cozy atmosphere the same way warm hues can. Blues and purples in medium intensities, not too light or dark, appear soft and inviting, both proponents of a cozy space. The walls in this living room bear a misty blue-gray, recalling a look of soft rain showers. A purple that has slightly more red in it than blue also projects a comforting aura. Well-chosen neutrals are also important when decorating with cozy colors. Mocha armchairs play in to this living room’s inviting personality and temper the stark white trim and fireplace surround.
Recall the look of a charming forest with plenty of wood tones and grains. The look can take a sophisticated turn when you use modern interpretations of wood tones and a variety of finishes. Bleached-wood paneling clads the walls of this bedroom, which is crowned with more wood paneling on the ceiling and beams in a hewn honey stain. A sleek four-post bed frame and bench bear the same stain for continuity. If you love the cozy look of wood but want to avoid a cabinlike look, incorporate a sophisticated color, such as the soft aqua used in this bedroom, and traditional bedding and accessories.
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Dark colors tap into the intimate side of cozy. These rich hues play out well in a formal dining room, where you want to create a space for guests to linger. Charcoal gray walls, teal blue velvet chair seats, and rich cherry wood furniture create an elegant, welcoming dining room, perfect for dinner parties. Tan carpet softens the richness, as do bright blue vases and bone-white lamps. Include several lighting sources in a dining room with a dark color scheme so you can set the mood, no matter what the occasion or time of day.
Since it is usually the place where guests enter your home, a foyer or entryway is the perfect place to play up a cozy color scheme that says “welcome.” It is also a good place to include a bold color or wallpaper pattern. Since it’s not a room you spend a lot of time in, you won’t tire of the color or pattern quickly. In this formal foyer, classic white trim and woodwork and a cheery wallpaper set a friendly tone. An upholstered bench in mustard yellow and a blue accent pillow match the wallpaper’s pattern.
If you love the clean look of white but want to stay away from stark, choose a white with brown or gray undertones. This barely noticeable tint will cast a warmer glow. When choosing a paint color, hold the paint chip up to something pure white. Doing so will make the undertones of the paint color more apparent than if you were just looking at the paint chip, helping you identify the color’s exact undertone. The warm white look plays out in this living room on the walls, upholstered furniture, and rug. A dose of rich colors, such as the brown drapes and jewel-tone throw pillows, bring the white to life.
While the right colors can convey comfort, so can certain textures, and when the two work together, it creates the ultimate in cozy decor. In this small living room, shades of brown -- ranging from clay beige to cognac to taupe -- play out on the walls, furniture, window treatments, and accents. Textures, varying from smooth leather on an armchair to silky soft drapes and a cuddly sheepskin throw, add dimension to the monochromatic color scheme.
Dark colors can make a large room feel more intimate and cozy. To avoid a cavelike atmosphere, infuse a space with plenty of white and a light-color flooring. In this traditional dining room, white wainscoting tempers the purple paint above it and red drapes brighten the rich purple. A minimal use of pattern keeps the room from becoming overwhelming.
Warm and soothing doesn't have to be boring. Faux bois wallpaper adds visual texture, while the dark brown upholstered headboard adds warmth to the room. An aqua coverlet and crisp white sheets keep the room on the fresh side of cozy. A symmetrical arrangement of furniture and accent pieces furthers the calming mood of the room.
Use colors inspired by the fall season to convey a cozy look. In this living room, a striped rug serves as the basis for an autumnal color scheme. A saffron yellow sofa is comfortable yet striking, as are the scarlet armchair and ottoman. Repeating a bold color, as done on the chair and ottoman, will help ease the color into the room.
The romantic atmosphere of this living room gets its personality from pink accents and playful pattern mixing. The room is anchored by warm brown walls trimmed in pale pink, a foundation that helps balance the vibrant colors and patterns. The turquoise rug is an invigorating color that complements the dusty pink sofa and green-and-white chair. The muted shade of aqua in the rug combined with its floral pattern helps create the room's romantic and slightly glamorous look.
Warming up a color scheme can be as easy as adding a few new accessories or embellishing those you already have. In this snug bedroom, neutral basics -- a dark wood bed frame and nightstand, tan walls, an ivory chair, and a duvet cover -- cozy up with plum accents in the rug, blanket, pillow, curtains, and artwork. Purple can represent either cool or warm parts of the color spectrum, depending on the hue. Look for shades of purple that have a slightly red hue to pull out the warm tones in a room.
A warm palette of raspberry red and pear green links the separate seating areas in this bright, charming living room and gives the traditional furnishings a fresh, modern twist. Larger pieces, such as the sofa, coffee table, and rug, are pale neutrals to balance the bolder hues. Considering the bright mix of colors and patterns, it's best to stick to solids and fabrics that feature one color on an ivory or white background.
Wearing a patina of age, this country-style bedroom captures the warmth of the prairie sun by splashing warm yellow underfoot and coating the walls the color of a wheat field. A hand-carved bed provides the foundation accent for the room, but the look is on the lighter side with the help of soft shades of khaki, cream, and yellow. A woven basket and simple accents keep this room casually comfortable.
The warm color palette in this enchanting bedroom begins with the walls. Paint in a deep, dusty taupe with whispers of rose creates a feeling of intimacy, while salmon-color silk taffeta draperies define the window and add sheen. A floral duvet on the bed blushes in shades of pink that are echoed in the painted lampshade.
Many decorating techniques can be used to alter the look and feel of a room, but not many transform a room as effectively as the use of color. Shades from the warm side of the color wheel (reds, oranges, and yellows) add a cozy atmosphere to any room. In this living room, spicy colors, such as orange, honey, and scarlet, make a large space feel intimate and inviting.