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The Easiest Way to Cool Down Your Warm Interior Decor (Without Repainting Your Walls!)

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Regardless of your specific home decor style, everyone wants to feel warm, cozy and comfortable when they’re in their personal space.

Sometimes, you’re lucky enough to start from scratch and create the interior of your dreams as you envision it. Other times, you’ve got to work with what you’ve got. If you happen to be watching the budget, dealing with a rental, or simply not ready to commit to making any drastic changes I highly recommend you keep reading!

Over the past few years, I’ve worked with various clients with assorted tastes spanning an entire spectrum of style. From modern to traditional, mid-century to Hollywood-regency, I’ve pretty much seen it all! Perhaps, one of the biggest questions that comes up is how to transition a space from warm to cool tones, without a room feeling cold and unwelcoming.

The last 5 years we’ve seen a major shift in color trends, with the most popular colors leaning cool. Many of my clients have questioned whether their warm toned decor is “out of style” and whether it was worth a complete overhaul.

My short answer — “NO.

My longer answer — If you have the budget and the will to strip down an interior and start from scratch, H*LL-to-the-YES! I’m on it. Let’s do it. However, if you’re more practical and willing to step outside your color comfort zone, how about we try Plan B first?!

So, what’s Plan B?!

Plan B is my foolproof (and inexpensive) strategy that allows you to keep those warm hues up on your walls while injecting your space with all sorts of cool. Oh, and the best part!? It still feels warm and cozy — perfect for cuddling under your blanket with a glass of wine and 5 episodes of Stranger Things to binge watch.

Sigh… I really need to get into that show!

Plan B involves no painting whatsoever. All you need is an open mind and a fairly unique color palette, kind of like this one!

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Or, how about this one…

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The single most important feature of this transition?

Adding GREY.

Yes, that deep, rich grey is the perfect counterpart to the warm golds. I love a pop of navy as well, to tie it all together. Dark wood floor and furniture tones work, but again keep it balanced with white details to lift and lighten. You want the space to be warm and cozy — not necessarily a man cave.

Take some inspiration away from some of these amazing interior design below:

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Clean lines, soft textures and a creative color mix make these designs all rooms I just want to snuggle into. Definitely no outdated spaces here.

Gray to the rescue!

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