With the increasing prices of fuel to keep our houses warm in the winter months, it is worth looking at other ways of giving your home warmth, without having to have the thermostat turned up to maximum. The appearance of a living space can do as much for wellbeing as a functioning boiler, a large storage heater or an open fire. One of the factors which is key is colour choice. Blues and greens are common place in bathrooms as they reflect water, cleanliness and freshness. White and neutral colours in a kitchen suggest hygiene and functionality. In the living room, and the bedroom red rugs can add depth and warmth.
Red is the hottest of the warm colours, which also include orange and yellow. It relates to emotions from passion to power. Studies carried out in the USA show that the use of the colour red can have a physical effect on an individual, raising blood pressure and therefore, body temperature.
Often teamed with neutral colours, a flash of red not only draws the eye, but also helps to make a space appear more cosy. The size, from a doormat, to a large rug covering the majority of a floor space will also affect the level of warmth given to a room. Using red to carpet a whole room can be too overpowering. The use of a red rug, in conjunction with other floorings and soft furnishings in different colours, albeit other warm colours, can create a very comfortable palette, giving the suggestion of warmth without it being too much and being too aggressive.
For example, a red rug as your welcome mat in the hall instantly gives an impression of warmth and comfort, a dining table placed on a rich burgundy rug leads you to the centre of hearth and home, the sit down meal. In the living room, a red rug, complimented by neutral coloured walls and low lighting will increase the feeling of warmth. The choice of material for a red rug is also an important, a deep pile will help the feeling of warmth via the sense of touch, and the use of a soft material will also complement this.
So when spring has sprung, but the sun’s hat is not quite on, why not rely on colour rather than expensive power to bring warmth to your home.