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!
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!
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?
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…
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.
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.
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…
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.
If your snug is blessed with wall to wall wood panels or ceiling beams, what a joy!
The natural warmth, character, and interest is hard to beat.
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.
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.
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.)
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
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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.
Because that’s the wonder of wintry seasons…we are afforded more contemplative time for restful dreaming, scheming, and maybe a little meme-ing:
Sending you warm wishes for a snug December and…
Peace to you right where you are.
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