A neutral color palette which looks airy and bright in the summer, can take on a gloomy hue when there is reduced light through the windows in the winter. To combat this light effect, remove all of the smaller accent and decorative items from the room and stage the items in a separate space. Reduce the decor in your room to just the basics of curtains, rugs and upholstered and wood furniture. Most people have taken interior decorator’s advice and painted their walls in neutral tones with white trim. Usually, they will have neutral upholstery and wood pieces as well. With the accents removed the room may look very dull. There are two basic directions you can take with your color selection; warm or cool. The warm tones have a red undertone. To add this color to your room, bring in a large red-tone area rug. The rug should fit the style of your home and furnishings. Pull accent colors from the rug in the form of pillows, lamps, throws, and decorator items. Bring in a second pop of color that is a brighter shade of your accent color. This will lift the palette.
Winter color trends for 2012 include a soft blue, silver and gold combination for the cool range and a rich red and aubergine palette with metallic accents for the warm range. Bling is in. Look for opportunities to add metallic, mirrored, jewel-like or items that shine to the decor. These items will pick up and move the light around adding a sparkle. Purchase new items in your new accent colors and then shop from your staged items to see what you can re-purpose back into the room. Use old items in new ways. Jewelry pieces are becoming curtain tie-backs, silver platters can be used to hold a sheet of small flower heads.
Add an attractive throw for the back and side of a sofa. Include items in similar colors with different textures to add depth to the decor. Change your art. One of the most overlooked ways to vitalize a room is with large pieces of statement art. It is much better to bring one large painting to a wall than many little pieces. Art allows you the freedom of color. Select uplifting, positive feeling pieces of art for winter decor. Mix paintings with sculptural pieces and move the pieces around in the room before you install them. If your space is flexible, alter your furniture arrangement so that your furniture feels fresh. Keep your windows clean and the drapes opened as far as possible to bring in as much light as you can. Finish your room by adding candles. These will fight musty odors and add glittery evening light.
Kayla Kitts HGTV article on trendy winter decorating colors and tips provided by David Bromstad in his Color Splash show have been helpful in generating this article.