The right colour palette can transform a space and radically alter an environment, which is why colour is such an integral element of interior design. Whether you’re renovating a property or redecorating a single room, selecting the colour scheme is one of the most critical aspects of the interior design.
While your personal preferences are, of course, paramount, there is lots to consider when it comes to choosing a winter colour palette. From maximising space to creating a sense of warmth, the shades you use will have a major impact on how the room looks and feels. To help you feel inspired, take a look at these top winter colour schemes and plan your next interior now:
1. Ice Blue
An ice blue winter colour palette makes a room feel fresh and bright, while complementing accessories inject a sense of warmth. Using a cool, icy blue on the walls can create the illusion of space too, which makes it ideal for smaller rooms. Known for bringing calmness and serenity, ice blue is the ideal colour to use in spaces where relaxation is a priority, or in rooms, like a home office, where decisiveness and clear-headedness is key.
Choose statement pieces in darker hues, like the Harry Modular Sofa Siena and Vienna Blue by Laskasas, or accessories in mid-tone shades, such as the Aztec Cushion from the Modern Textures Series or the Seville Cushion from the Heirloom Series, both by Milieu, to soften the interior and create a richer palette.
2. Earthy Browns
When you envisage your dream winter colour schemes, brown might not be the colour that first springs to mind. However, an earthy colour palette is perfect for winter, particularly if you opt for rich, warming shades. An earthy colour is essentially anything that contains a hint of brown, from muted pumpkin and deep salmon to forest greens and chocolate browns. The scope of this winter colour palette gives you the opportunity to create a lavish and cosy interior that envelops you.
To add balance to an earthy colour scheme, incorporate metallics into your palette. The combination of copper and terracotta in the Diya Terracotta Oil Lamp Set by Ikkis adds a sense of lightness to the deeper shade and rougher texture, for example. Similarly, the Coronum Coffee Table in Gold by Scarlet Splendour creates a stunning focal point amidst rich and earthy colours.
3. Mustard Yellow
Bright yellows might be associated with summertime, but mustard is the perfect shade for a winter colour palette. The depth of the colour adds warmth to your interior without overpowering the space or making it feel smaller than it really is. Mustard is one of the top winter interior design trends for 2021, so be sure to incorporate it into your colour scheme if you want to stay ahead of the crowd.
If you’re apprehensive about using mustard for interior design, don’t be. This shade of yellow works well with petrol or dark blues, greys, and even deep greens, so you can incorporate it in a variety of ways. A mustard sofa can look striking and welcome against a grey wall, for example, while glimpses of mustard in home accessories, like the Fontenelle Rug or the L’Ancresse Cushion in 100% Lambswool both by Claire Gaudion, are easy ways to incorporate the shade into your interior design.
4. Dark Navy
A dark navy space is inviting and restorative, which is exactly what you need after a long winter’s day. The perfect retreat on cool, blustery days, a navy colour palette can work just as well throughout springtime too.
Navy blue works well with crisp white but there are many other colours to consider incorporating into your winter colour scheme. Navy and blush pink, rust orange, or even fresh greens can make a stunning colour palette for winter.
A cognitive enhancer and a shade that represents peace and serenity, navy blue can work well in virtually any space. From calm kitchens to restful living areas and organised home offices to serene bedrooms, you can use a navy-blue colour palette to enhance the interior of any room.
When you’re designing your space with a dark navy colour palette, remember to incorporate lighter shades that will add brightness and levity. Both the Cross My Palm Pink Round Rug and the Cross My Palm Green Wool Rug by Matthew Williamson can work exceedingly well in navy and pink or navy and green colour schemes and will liven up the space with lighter shades.
5. Mulled Wine
The ideal colour palette for Christmas, mulled wine can be as rich and dark as you choose. For a dramatic impact, use deep reds and rich cinnamons to create a comforting and rich interior. Alternatively, start with a neutral base and choose statement pieces or accents in deep reds, burgundies, tobacco, and cinnamon to enrich a mulled wine winter colour palette.
If you want to add lightness to the room, use metallics to lift the palette. The rose gold hue of the Stella Coffee Table Medium Oro by Scarlet Splendour or the bronze and gold leaf Torcello Coffee Table by Casarialto can blend seamlessly into your interior by adding a metallic element to a mulled wine colour scheme, for example.
Alternatively, the Spine Decorative Handle or the Goli Decorative Handle, both from the ACH Collection, will complement the richness of a mulled wine colour palette and elevate the interior with elements of gold.
Planning Your Winter Interior
Updating your interior design is one of the most effective ways to keep your home or workspace feeling fresh and invigorating. By using the seasons to guide your design choices, you can ensure that your space always reflects the outside world and provides the solace you need.
Whether you want to remind yourself of sunnier days or create a comforting retreat from which to enjoy the snowy winter days, these winter colours schemes will provide all the inspiration you need as you plan your interior for the upcoming season.