Colour can make you feel cosier says in­te­rior ex­pert Oliver

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Grace Ham­mond

RE­SEARCH from E.ON re­veals colour and fur­nish­ings can have an im­pact on the per­ceived tem­per­a­ture of a room. They have teamed up with in­te­ri­ors ex­pert Oliver Heath to show how max­imis­ing colour and light can make you feel cosier. Here are his tips: Use nat­u­ral light to your ad­van­tage. Light bounces into your room through win­dows and glass/pa­tio doors.

Paint win­dow sills in light re­flec­tive colours – white works very well. Keep win­dow sills clear of clut­ter and dec­o­ra­tive items. Place re­flec­tive items such as mir­rors or glass-framed pic­tures near win­dows to help light re­flect back into the room. The floor near win­dows and pa­tio doors can also be a re­flec­tor – lighter coloured sur­faces will bounce light deeper into the room

Keep win­dows clean and clear from ob­struc­tions. On the ex­te­rior, keep win­dows clear of de­bris and dirt by clean­ing them ev­ery six weeks. In­side the home, con­sider over-ex­tend­ing the cur­tain poles be­yond the win­dow frame, so that cur­tains do not ob­struct the win­dows and re­strict light coming in.

Clever cur­tains. Thick cur­tains will not only in­su­late your win­dows against heat loss in the cold win­ter months but can also help re­duce so­lar heat gain in the sum­mer by prevent­ing the sun’s heat from in­fil­trat­ing the room and soaking into the floors walls and fur­ni­ture.

Which di­rec­tion is your room fac­ing? Con­sider the ori­en­ta­tion of your room and max­imise the dif­fer­ent shades of nat­u­ral day­light:

North fac­ing rooms have cooler nat­u­ral light and a lack of di­rect sun­light. Use lighter, warmer shades such as warm whites, light yel­low, pinks, or neu­tral stone and woody colours to com­pen­sate, but avoid grey shades which can feel cold and heavy.

South fac­ing rooms have warmer di­rect sun­light. Make use of a greater range of colours, from rich warm reds, or­anges and yel­lows to cooler fresher greens, blues and turquoises.

Be aware that all white or bright colours may be too daz­zling once hit by full sun­light.

East fac­ing rooms have plenty of en­er­getic morn­ing light re­duc­ing to cooler light by the evening. Use colour to cre­ate a feel­ing of warmth and en­ergy in the space, such as vi­brant greens, yel­lows and blues. How­ever, if you feel this may be too much to wake up to in the morn­ings, opt for a neu­tral pal­ette of nat­u­ral muted colours, which will be warmed by the morn­ing sun.

West fac­ing rooms have evening light and sun­set tones, mean­ing this room will go from cool light in the morn­ing to warm in the evening. Neu­tral, cool or grey colours such as nat­u­ral tan, stone, mauve, blue and green can be used, ben­e­fit­ting from the ad­di­tional warmth of evening light. If you want to opt for a calmer space in the evenings, go for a tonal range of colour.

Know your colours. Richer colours such as reds, pur­ples and or­anges will add a warmer, cosier feel whilst lighter, airier colours such as blues, turquoises and greens will feel cooler.

Tonal colour schemes will cre­ate a sense of calm and can be used to great success if the colours that you choose are from a warm pal­ette con­tain­ing red, or­ange and yel­low.

Splash some colour on your walls. Try to keep the colours near the win­dow light or white, so a vi­brant or bold colour can be fo­cused on a fea­ture wall for a play­ful con­tem­po­rary look. Con­sider tonal ranges of a colour, keep­ing the lighter shades near the win­dow. This will have a calm­ing ef­fect on the room.

Think about sea­sonal fab­rics to in­tro­duce colour through­out the year. Con­sider hav­ing a sum­mer and win­ter range of cush­ion cov­ers, and add a throw in the win­ter .

Dis­creetly in­tro­duce a colour into the room – use the colour on just one or two items in the room, such as a door panel, piece of fur­ni­ture or back panel of a book­case.

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