Designer Color Palette: Cozy Getaway

Cozy Getaway

Like a soft blanket, this palette offers coziness in the form of warm colors with a rich twist. Chocolate brown, crimson red, and royal blues bring luxe to comfort.

Designer: Sara Gilbane Sullivan

Getting Started:

Use a ratio formula to help you put together a color scheme. Choose one main color to serve as 40-60 percent of your color palette, then one to two supporting colors to comprise 30-40 percent of your color palette, and fill the remainder with one to two accents. Thinking of color this way can help you determine how much of each color to use. Go to the next slide to see how this scheme breaks out.

The Colors

Mix vibrant jewel tones with texture and a little bit of glimmer to capture a cozy yet luxurious look. Start with grass cloth in a warm beige on the walls. Ground the space with a rich chocolate brown as a supporting color. Use the color on your largest piece of upholstered furniture. The chocolate brown can also come into play on wood floors and bookshelves. Incorporate red as a second supporting color via a lacquered red ceiling, an armchair, or both. Use royal blue and rich green as accent colors on pillows and accessories.

Cozy Getaway: Rooms for Retreats

This palette is best suited for a den, library, or another small room without a lot of natural light. In a small or dark room, the colors and textures will work as a cocoon, rather than a damper.

Cozy Getaway: Attitude

Contrast is the key to achieving a look that is both relaxing and rich. "This palette conveys a relaxed and inviting attitude," designer Sara Gilbane Sullivan says. "The velvet mixed with the rough grass cloth mixes the luxurious with the humble. This is a room that everyone should feel comfortable in, yet it still feels special."

Cozy Getaway: Accents

Finishing touches in luxe materials will give the palette an edge. Lacquer, brass, tortoise shell, shagreen, and blown glass will fit right in with the colors and textiles and will give the room shimmer. Consider lacquer trays, brass picture lights or bookshelf railings, a cocktail table with a tortoise-shell top, tortoise-shell picture frames and boxes, shagreen-wrapped side tables or small shagreen accessories (coasters, boxes, picture frames, etc.), and blown-glass bottles in jewel tones.

Get the Look!

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Grass-cloth wallpaper: Madagascar in Natural Straw, Y9392-AB, Hinson;

Use for: Walls

Blue/multicolor ikat fabric: Perseus Print, 2009145, in color 15 (Blue), Eric Cohler collection, Lee Jofa;

Use for: Club chair upholstery

Brown velvet: 29429-6, Kravet;

Use for: Sofa

Red trim: Red Leather Cord, 973-34243, in color 2120 (Garnet), Samuel & Sons;

Use for: Sofa piping

Blue houndstooth: Westminster Houndstooth Campbell, DE12242, Holland & Sherry;

Use for: Throw pillows

Green plaid: Wool Plaid Cottage Tweed in Lime, DE10569, Holland & Sherry;

Use for: Throw pillows

Red paint: Merlot Red, 2006-10, Benjamin Moore;

Use for: Ceiling (use Satin Imperva Gloss finish for a lacquer look)

Brown paint: Clinton Brown, HC-67, Benjamin Moore;

Use for: Doors and trim

Set the mood in any room by decorating in dark colors. Create your own rich color scheme with dark paint colors and plenty of luxurious accent colors. See how it's done with our helpful tips!

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