22 May 2013
If you’re looking for a quick, easy and affordable way to warm up your home for winter then introduce a splash of red.
Red, whether in its pure shade or mixed with yellow, is just the right colour to add warmth without turning up the heat. The psychological properties of this shade stimulate blood flow and increase heart rate, which is just what we need when our body starts to go into 'hibernation mode' for winter.
When the outdoors start to feel chilly it's time to turn up the heat in your home. But before you triple your monthly electricity bill, here’s how to use red to create a cosy home for your family.
Artwork can infuse a room with warm colour. Art that incorporates warm tones such as red, orange and yellow not only brightens up a room but also imparts a feeling of cosiness. And it doesn't have to be expensive - it's easy to make your own frames and dress them in pieces of red fabric.
If you’re thinking about making slipcovers for a tired sofa, why not make two? Have a cover for the summer and a cover for winter. That means you can change the colour of a sofa simply by switching the covers.
A sofa covered with a red slipcover immediately becomes a feature especially when teamed with neutral colours.
Sizzling furniture pieces
If you have a small budget for new furniture it always pays to see what's on offer at Mr Price Home. I love the new Downtown range of furniture they have in store, which is priced from around R3 500 for a two-seater couch finished in a delicious ribbed fabric.
Grab a can of red paint and update an old piece of furniture as a stand-out piece.
Give outdated furnishings a coat or two of Rust-Oleum 2X gloss apple red and you will instantly create a noteworthy furniture piece which adds colour to a cool room.
You can use Rust-Oleum 2X on almost anything, so 'out' with plain boring furniture and 'in' with outstanding décor pieces.
Smoking hot accessories
Of course, you don't have to go to extremes just to warm up your home’s interiors. A few bold red cushions, a gorgeous soft throw and possibly a rug.
Heat up your bedroom with a few accent items, and let's not forget about the kitchen. It may be the heart of the home but some kitchens can be freezing in winter, especially when placed on the south side of a home.
You don't need to go overboard to add a dash of heat - just pop in a few red accessories. Swap out curtains or blinds with ones that feature red accents.
If you do decide to use paint use the Plascon Inspired Colour System to choose warm reds.
While adding colour doesn't actually add heat, it does make you feel warmer inside. Article courtesy of www.home-dzine.co.za
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