Top Color Combinations for Winter 2013/14

Although fall isn’t even a third of the way through, now’s the best to focus on sprucing up your home for winter. There are still two months to go, giving you ample time to pick paint colors, get them on the walls, and still be able to relax before Christmas. And whatever you choose, this is definitely not the year of pastel, so get ready to live a little on the edge!


Start with a base of beige, creating a warm atmosphere and easy color to pair everything else with. Although beige has gotten a bad rap in the past as being bland and boring, that’s only because it hasn’t been paired with the right colors yet.

Next, pick a warm brown or umber hue as your contrast color. Where your walls might be beige, or beige on top if you’re doing wainscoting, brown will act as your “anchor” color. An umber-colored sofa, brown accent wall, or rich, dark tables are the perfect way to create warmth and coziness.

Last, try gold as your accent color, using it on your lamps, pillows, curtains and trim. If you’ve got paintings in the room, make sure they reflect the colors in the room to create a seamless, elegant appearance. You can add a pop of color here and there to make the room even more striking, like red-and-gold striped pillows or a painting with some rusty orange coloring in it.


This can be a little trickier to pull off than a neutral color scheme, if only because each color demands so much attention and needs to be paired carefully. Before you start, think of what kind of mood you’re after. If you want a passionate feeling, blood red could be your base color. But if you want something a little subtler, try a monochromatic look. The same rules still apply here: pick a base around which everything else is centered, add in a contrasting color, and top it off with an accent.

From what the fashion runways have been indicating so far, drastic contrasts aren’t as hot as colors more in line with each other. For example, if your base color is wine red, a better choice would be to pair it with ocher rather than bright orange, and accent it with gold. If you prefer darker colors, like blue, try going with cerulean as the base, gold as the contrast, and either aquamarine or mint green as the accent.

Or, if you’ve decided that you want to do away with colors altogether, use black or a dark aubergine as your base, both of which can create an incredibly warm and inviting atmosphere. Use the base on typical anchor pieces, like your sofa, carpet and cabinetry. But where you go different is using the walls for your contrast color, which would be something like ash gray, silver or uptown taupe. Finally, finish off the look with maroon as an accent, using just a hint of it in strategic spots to brighten your room.

Amy Wright
Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.