SNUG Inspiration Rooms + Cozy Paint Colors

I’m rather hopeless when it comes to dreaming and scheming when the weather turns cold, and my thoughts turn to all lovely things cozy and snug! Goodness, why aren’t we all transforming our homes into a collection of snug rooms–each one more cocoonish than the last? English country cottages always have the best snug inspiration rooms as you’ll see. But if you call home an apartment in the city or a bungalow in the suburbs, what’s a snuggle-ista or snuggle-bun to do? Borrow ideas from these color stories, built-ins, paneling and room configurations! So romantically British! Even when we don’t know the exact paint color, I’ll offer informed suggestions based on decades of paint color consulting experience!

Pembrokeshire cottage with snug room - photo: Michael Sinclair for House & Garden UK. #englishcountry #snugrooms
House & Garden UK (photo: Michael Sinclair)

SNUG Inspiration Rooms + Cozy Paint Colors

Inspiring Snug Rooms With Moody Deep Color

Sometimes snug factor can be created with the right color placed in the right places. Notice how the ceiling, walls, and trim are painted the same color. However, there’s contrast and a lighter moment on the back of the shelves which makes it feel so much more friendly.

Fortunately, we have the exact paint color!

Q Design House - cozy snug room with built-in shelves painted F&B De Nimes. #farrowandballdenimes #snugrooms #englishcountry
Q Design HouseFarrow & Ball De Nimes

It’s so gorgeous too – Farrow & Ball De Nimes No. 299:

Remember how gorgeous the kitchen by Whitney Parkinson in HB was with this color?

De Nimes 299 Farrow & Ball blue on a beautiful kitchen designed by Whittney Parkinson in House Beautiful (Robert Peterson photo). Builder: Ladisic Fine Homes. #denimes #farrowandballdenimes
F&B De Nimes No. 299 – Design: Whittney Parkinson in House Beautiful (Robert Peterson photo)

Here’s another snug English library by Rose Uniacke that feels so velvety sumptuous and elegant, you’re going to want to paint a room top to bottom with an elegant moody teal-indigo with a Roman Clay or other textured finish…

Rose Uniacke designed snug home library painted deep blue (photo Lucas Allen for House & Garden UK). #snugrooms #englishlibrary #darkblueinteriors
Rose Uniacke (photo: Lucas Allen)

That blue is custom, but it reminds me a little bit of Sherwin-Williams Indigo Batik.

This next space is ai-designed and also inspires with bold blue.

Should you sample a few of these colors mentioned? YES, oh yes. At least three if you ask me, no matter how similar they appear. Once they are side by side, you’ll notice beaucoup differences!

You could use Indigo Batik or something similar for trim and built-ins only as you see in the snug designed by Rita Konig above. Oh, this designer! I took an interior design course (Create Academy) of hers, and it was top notch!

Will Neutral Colors Work in Snug Rooms?

But is it necessary to turn to moody colors and paints with low LRV (light reflectance value) to capture the cozy vibe? No, madame.

Sarah Hiscox (photo: Paul Massey) cozy snug Cotswolds kitchen in House & Garden UK. #snugrooms #englishcountry
Sarah Hiscox (photo: Paul Massey for House & Garden UK)

Just look at this cozy cottage’s snug dining/living/cooking/entertaining space with Farrow & Ball James White No. 2010.

Here’s another snug as a bug space to cozy on down with books or a drink by Cathy Kincaid.

While I’m not certain, I know Cathy Kincaid loves using F&B colors, and I’m guessing Parma Gray on French doors and this one on walls and trim:

Aren’t those colors magic together? Here’s a narrow media room snug that is enlivened with pattern and a rosy salmon accent color that feels like a warm hug.

Polly Ashman designed snug room (photo Owen Gale for House & Garden UK). #snugrooms #mediarooms
Polly Ashman (photo: Owen Gale)

Notice how that rosy pink is continued on the panels of the built-ins. Sometimes it’s all about the architecture and snug space allotted for your snug:

When You Like Your Snug BOLD

Sophisticated and gentle snugs are swell, and some like to push the boundaries of a cozy sitting room…

Rosi de Ruig bright blue snug room with stripe ceiling (photo Paul Massey for House & Garden UK). #snugrooms #brightblueinteriors
Rosi de Ruig (photo Paul Massey for House & Garden UK)

WOW, I’m awake now! And I’m ready to daydream my day away here:

BTW – find more ideas for HYGGE in this story.

The Power of Paneling & Mill Work

Paint is not always necessary…ahem.

John McCall designed cozy snug room with wood paneling (photo Alexander James for House & Garden UK).
John McCall (photo: Alexander James)

If your snug is blessed with wall to wall wood panels or ceiling beams, what a joy!

Rustic Sussex farmhouse with snug room by Harriet Anstruther (photo: Ngoc Minh Mgo fin House & Garden UK). #snugroom #rusticfarmhouse
Harriet Anstruther (photo: Ngoc Minh Mgo)

The natural warmth, character, and interest is hard to beat.

Ben Pentreath designed arts and crafts cozy snug roomw ith paneling (photo Paul Massey in House & Garden UK). #englishsnugroom #paneledinterior
Ben Pentreath (Photo: Paul Massey in House & Garden UK)

Oh this snug by Heidi Callier just takes my breath away. Did you see her feature in MILIEU? You’re going to be breathless and filled with awe.

Heidi Callier designed snug room with magnificent architecture and windows (photo Haris Kenjar). #snugrooms #heidicallier
Heidi Callier (photo: Haris Kenjar)

And I think such awe is my favorite thing about being immersed in the world of interiors as I am. Something within me longs to be awestruck and fed by the wonders of nature, craft, and beauty.

Jake Arnold designed cozy home library with dark moody green walls and ceiling (photo Michael Clifford). #homelibrary #moodydarkinteriors
Jake Arnold (photo Michael Clifford)

It is what sparked this blog back in January of 2010…this idea to greet lovely design daily as a practice with an open heart. This last snug is seriously appetizing (I’m imagining these cabinets are made of chocolate.)

Douglas Mackie designed snug room home library painted dark moody colors with burnt orange velvet arm chair (photo Simon Upton in House & Garden UK). #homelibrary #englishlibrary #snugrooms
Douglas Mackie (Photo: Simon Upton)

All of the designs coming out of the UK remind me of this gift guide I assembled for Anglophiles:

Even More UK-Inspired Cozy Things

I independently selected products in this post—if you buy from one of my links, I may earn a commission.

And for you gardeners or loved ones of gardeners, don’t we all need this in our lives for the spring?

Is this the ultimate stocking stuffer for 2023?

I hope this winter will bring lots of moments for snug time, no matter where you find your peace.

Poignant meaning of life quote by Richard Feynman on Hello Lovely Studio. #lifequotes #poignantquotes

Because that’s the wonder of wintry seasons…we are afforded more contemplative time for restful dreaming, scheming, and maybe a little meme-ing:

Funny meme chips at the bottom of bag too small to dip via quickmeme. #bagofchips #allthatandbagofchips
Funny tweet humor quote about sharks and triathlon by @EmmaManzini on Hello Lovely Studio.

Sending you warm wishes for a snug December and…

Moody wallpaper mural in Parisian interior with ai design by @aude.jolijour. #aidesign #aiinteriors #parisianstyle
@aude.jolijour – Snug Inspiration Rooms as well as Paint Colors for Cozy Interiors

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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8 Comments

  1. Kathleen McManus
    December 5, 2023 / 7:02 am

    Wonderful post! I am looking forward to doing over 2 rooms this winter with dark moody colors – one small with 7’ ceilings and one large with high ceilings also adding moldings. Could you please post more rooms like this-even the mistakes to avoid in doing so. Thanks for your inspiring blog and messages…..be well.

    • Michele
      Author
      December 5, 2023 / 7:23 am

      Best to you as you re-decorate. If you follow my FB page, you’ll find many more moody inspiration spaces since that audience varies from the blog audience. Blog followers can’t get enough neutrals and all white timeless designs. πŸ™‚

  2. Shirley Sexton
    December 5, 2023 / 7:31 am

    Love all your posts! They show beauty and give me such joy right here in my PJs! I will get busy I promise! Need some advise before I pull the trigger on a paint color though. My primary bedroom is a north facing room! What color is good to use? I am very neutral but love a warm and cozy feel HELP PLEASE!

    • Michele
      Author
      December 5, 2023 / 8:43 am

      Thanks for being here – you are delightful! North facing rooms can be tricky. So can getting the mood right in a bedroom. So it makes sense to get very mindful and even scientific about it. Even if you decide on a neutral warm greige, you should sample 3 versions to get the best one for your lighting. Our bedroom is painted SW Agreeable Gray, but it could be too dark for some rooms. If a color like that feels ‘almost’ right but a little dark? Have it mixed at a lower saturation or look at the lighter color on the swatch card with it. In our last house, our bedroom was northern exposure, and I loved having it white (BM OC-151) and accenting with warmer tones. It never felt cold to me. In the house before that, BM White Sand was the warm beige that was perfect for the bedroom. Dig into my archives for ideas to sample.

  3. Carole
    December 5, 2023 / 9:41 pm

    Michele, you have to be a genius to pull together the patterns and colors in Nadine Finnegan’s room, which means that Nadine Finnegan is definitely a genius! Another room that captured my attention was the room by Rita Konig. I’m adverse to taking naps. (It’s the child in me.) But put me in that room and I’d be reaching for a blanket and curled up like a cat and asleep in a minute. Plain neutrals are relaxing like the grandmother you admire from a distance. Pattern and ‘non-neutrals’ ungulf you like the grandmother, who gives you the best hugs ever. So… My dream of a snug (noun) is snug (adjective) like a hug.

    • Michele
      Author
      December 6, 2023 / 12:15 pm

      So much to learn from these marvelous designers represented…once you begin to study the compositions, you realize even clashing can be quite charming when it’s the right balance of clash! I can’t nap either even though I have the best intentions. I’m too grouchy and groggy when I awaken during the day, and since I’m a morning person I am in bed early anyway. πŸ™‚ Happy snuggling. xox

  4. Susan
    December 6, 2023 / 3:30 pm

    Here’s wishing you and warm and snug December! My thanks for all that you share with us.

    • Michele
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      December 7, 2023 / 5:00 am

      So happy you’re here, and right back at you – may December be as snug with warmth as you need it to be. xox

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