7 Cool Paint Colors That Will Warm Up a Room
It’s the time of year when we try to make our rooms feel a little cozier, and while accessories can certainly have a warming effect, nothing can transform a space like a fresh coat of paint. In search of hues that will provide the perfect backdrop for a sophisticated fall vibe, we turned to the experts at Ridgeland and Oxford, Mississippi-based interior design studio and home furnishings store SummerHouse for advice. Below are a few of their seasonally-inspired picks, and you can find more on their blog, Always Summer, here.
Fallen Timber, Benjamin Moore: “This lovely shade of gray, or wait…it’s brown…or maybe it’s ochre. That is precisely why I love it. You really can’t put a name on it,” says SummerHouse Lead Designer Lisa Palmer. “It feels like earth and wintry leaves all rolled into one. I would pair this wall or accent color with possibly a Ralph Lauren wool plaid, a mohair in plum and a burnt caramel leather. Throw on some logs and add candlelight and you’ve got a party for two!”
Gray Cashmere, Benjamin Moore: “This color would work all year long, but if you designed your room with warm brown velvets and oatmeal linen paired with Ben Moore Gray Cashmere, your room would feel very cozy for fall and winter,” SummerHouse Ridgeland Interior Designer Katherine Shelton says of the sophisticated hue.
Knoxville Gray, Benjamin Moore: “In a darker room, this color would add the right amount of cozy, the right amount of color, and would look killer with rich leathers, plaid pillows or throws, and a couple of whiskey cocktails in front of a wood-burning fire,” says SummerHouse Social Media Director Laurel Donahoo.
Tavern Taupe, Sherwin Williams: “I’ve used this color in projects before and it is always so warm and cozy,” SummerHouse Ridgeland designer Lana Pate says of the brown hue that would pair wonderfully with creams and light greens or blues.
Briarwood, Benjamin Moore: “It is the perfect chameleon warm paint color. It will look great any time of year, but it is perfect for cuddling up near the fireplace,” says SummerHouse Ridgeland Design Assistant Camille Parker. We think the rich neutral would be a timeless choice in a living room or library.
Studio Green, Farrow & Ball: “I would use Studio Green on anything from kitchen cabinets to a study or even a small bathroom,” SummerHouse Oxford interior designer Rebecca Cornelius says of the dark, rich green that can read almost black. “I would use it with brushed gold hardware pulls or knobs and Kelly Wearstler Tableau Coastal tile in the kitchen, cream molding in a bathroom, and I may even put a natural, loose woven Cowtan and Tout grasscloth over it so the green would show through. In the study, I would place or a Rosecore Vanilla sky rug and cream throw in with natural raw wood accents. Keep it simple, but also keep it neutrally and modern textured so it will be visually pleasing and not too dull.”
Narragansett Green, Benjamin Moore: “I’m very cautious about bold colors, but a study ended up being the perfect opportunity to take a risk! My client and I chose this color, and the room exudes fall,” SummerHouse Ridgeland Interior Designer Elish Moon says of this elegant and complex shade of green.