Decorating with colour is an excellent way to give a room a completely different feel and as the cold weather comes along, using red or terracotta rugs can make a cold room seem much warmer. Warm shades are not the harsh oranges of the brights palette but the rich reds which are dark rather than bright. If the room is otherwise neutral it is really easy to introduce a red note as a rug but if there is any other red in the room it pays to be careful as reds can clash with each other like no other colour can – in general all greens go together, as do blues and yellows but clashing reds can make you feel very edgy as red is nature’s ‘danger’ colour.
For this reason, red is best used as an accent colour. Used near seating it makes everything seem instantly warmer and more cosy but for a really relaxed atmosphere, try terracotta. This lovely shade can be used more freely than red and when it is diluted with white it still matches and blends very well with the darker shades, so can be used alongside a rug as an echo of the colour. A deep terracotta rug, especially one with a nice long pile or one of the newer shimmer types, looks very welcoming when teamed with paler terracotta shades in the curtains or lampshades. There is nothing more welcoming on a cold winter’s night than a room subtly lit with warm lamplight being soaked up by a terracotta rug, perhaps with matching cushions and throw.
It isn’t really possible to redecorate an entire room just for one season but it is certainly true that some rooms seem very difficult to heat in the winter. They are perfectly warm according to the thermostat, but they just feel chilly. If they are north facing, this is because the light they get during the day is very blue when there is no sunshine and so the human brain recognizes that as cold and so you don’t feel cosy. A red or terracotta rug or any accent in the warmer shades to reinforce the effect immediately fools your brain into feeling warmer, you relax and you start to feel more comfortable in the room. A rug in the warmer palette of colours is a quick and economical way to feel much warmer in your home this winter.