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Dr Dulux: How To Create a Warm, Relaxed Feel In Any Room

Want to create a cosy and comfy atmosphere in your home? It’s time to reconsider your colour scheme!

Warm colours have the ability to lift the level of cosiness in any room and can make you feel like you’re being greeted by a big, warm hug every time you enter the space. Warm paint colours typically consist of oranges, reds and yellows. But warm tones of blues and greens can give your room a snug feel, too.

So, whether you’re decorating your living room, kitchen or bedroom, here are Dr Dulux’s top tips for creating a more inviting space, with suggestions for warm colour schemes. 


7 ways to cosy up your home with warm paint colours

Bring in warm neutrals

More than ever neutrals are finding their way into warm home colour schemes. Our Colour of the Year 2021, Brave Ground, is a warm, earthy neutral that works well in any room and allows other shades to shine.

Both grounding and comforting, Brave Ground is a beautiful colour for a master bedroom, where you want to feel snug and safe.

brave ground bedroom

Wrap your room in warm colours

When it comes to painting a room in warm colours, don’t forget about your fifth wall. Painted ceilings are not only on trend, they can add extra warmth to any space.

We used Heart Wood for this kitchen ceiling and Polished Pebble on the remaining walls. The heathery blush colour with its warm tones of pink, gives the room a cosy, cocoon-like feel.

heart wood polished pebble kitchen

Consider darker colours

Who said warm colour schemes have to be limited to lights and brights? Dark, moody hues of blues and greens can be used to create lively and energetic spaces, too. The vibrancy and intensity of Emerald Glade, especially when paired with pink and gold accessories, is the perfect choice for active rooms where you entertain

emeral glade living room

Add colour in layers

Layering is all about bringing different elements of your room together. To achieve this look and create a relaxed, cosy atmosphere, you’ll want to use similar warm colours throughout your room. This means not only painting your walls and woodwork but applying warm paint colours to your accessories and furniture, too.

Make your furniture a focal point

One way to welcome warm living room colours into your home is by choosing a colourful sofa or armchair. Making your seating the focal point not only creates a colour statement, it gives you chance to add texture and pops of warm colours with pillows and throws. Here we’ve used Blush Pink as the backdrop for this gorgeous, golden armchair.

blush pink dfs sofa

Don’t write off grey just yet

When you think cosy colour schemes, you might not think grey, but this much-loved shade can give your home a comfy, laidback vibe. There are lots of soft, warm greys out there that do this well. We used Natural Slate as the backdrop for this spare bedroom and packed the space with bright, lively colours through accessories and artwork. 

natural slate bedroom

Upcycle existing furniture

You can work warm paint colours into any room by adding colour to your furniture. Instead of forking out for a new chair or coffee table, why not upcycle the existing furniture you already have? Not only will you save money, you’ll have the freedom to choose from a range of warm colours. We painted this cupboard in Chic Shadow and you can find out how we did it here.

chic shadow painted furniture

You’ll find lots more ways to create a cosy living room here

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