Scorching days, eyes closed and facing straight towards the sun, soaking in the rays like a cold blooded lizard. I want to take this feeling with me throughout the year, hold on tight and not let go. When it feels like I need to wear a toque inside my house in the middle of January, I want to keep this warmth with me.
Now I love a cool gray palette as much as the next designer and layering neutrals is always fabulous. But lately I feel myself gravitating back towards a warmer palette. It started with corals and rich, soft pinks and I see it evolving into an appreciations for richer reds with a whisper of orange. Design trends for 2015 are predicting lots of colour: pastels paired with neon hues, a return to muted 70’s inspired colours, and dynamic, vibrant colour pairings. I see this as the perfect time to heat things up.
To create a warm, inviting space that still reads as contemporary, pair gorgeous red accents with modern pieces and focus on layering textures. Warm reds bring out the depth in dark woods like walnut and mahogany, which will add a grounding element to your design. To keep the effect light, combine with soft white walls with a drop of yellow or for drama add a dark gray feature wall. Red plays beautifully into an eclectic style and looks rich with vintage pieces and brass tones. The beauty of red is that it’s such a stimulating colour on the eye that it doesn’t take an army of pieces to accessorize a room; A few fabulously warm pieces will really go a long way to brightening your winter blues.
Benjamin Moore colours:
2003-10 Million Dollar RED
OC-13 Soft Chamois
Product Images: All available at Mountain Home Decor in Whistler, BC. 1. Red + cream stripe, 2. Warm wood dresser, 3. Hammered brass pendant light fixtures, 4. Bright red throw blanket, 5. Solid red ceramic vases, 6. Wood starburst decorative mirror, 7. Warm red medallion wallpaper.