How to get cozy with earth tones in your home


By AGENCY
  • Design
  • Tuesday, 06 Dec 2022

Pale neutrals blend with elements of greenery in this living space. Photo: Handout/TNS

Blacks, browns, oranges, reds and even yellows are often considered to be earth tones that can help add warmth and coziness to a space.

Earth tones work especially well in spaces that are overly cool or large and cavernous, as they add a welcoming feeling.

Looking for ways to infuse warmth into your home? Here are some top do’s and don’ts for using earth tones.

A neutral furniture piece against a neutral wall. Photo: Scott Gabriel Morris/TNSA neutral furniture piece against a neutral wall. Photo: Scott Gabriel Morris/TNS

DO’S

Do blend a neutral palette of earth tones such as brown, black and taupe.

Do use earth tones as foundation colours to serve as a blank canvas and springboard to a colour story.

Do use earth tones to add a sense of warmth and coziness to a space.

Do add organic elements such as greenery or succulents.

Do incorporate textiles to infuse earth tones into a space.

A pairing of black and deep rich brown helps create a soothing mood. Photo: Scott Gabriel Morris/TNSA pairing of black and deep rich brown helps create a soothing mood. Photo: Scott Gabriel Morris/TNS

DON'TS

Don’t overuse the same earth tone in the same space. Use tints, tones and shades.

Don’t be afraid to black and brown together for a rich, luxurious feel.

Don’t overlook opportunities to incorporate earth tones in unexpected ways like a piece of artwork or furniture.

Don’t use earth tones in spaces that are overly dark, as they may make a space feel small and closed in.

Don’t ignore black and brown as foundation colours for other earth tones as part of an overall colour scheme. –

Tribune News Service

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