This is the time of year, in the Northern Hemisphere, I like best. This is when I feel most grounded and balanced. The outdoor temperatures are nippy enough to enhance alertness, but not cold enough to be harsh. The furnace cycles on, but less frequently than it will during the next few months. This is also the time that people decorate their homes with warm, rich colors.
Warm colors are those that remind us of fire or embers. They trigger deep, instincts of seeking comfort and community around an open fire. Despite their firy nature, warm colors calm us.
I began this week’s color experiment with items from the royal city in the Indian state of Karnataka, Mysuru, or as it used to be called, Mysore. The area is famous for its native sandalwood. The material is frequently carved into attractive implements and accessories. This sandalwood vase is intricately detailed and pleasantly shaped.
The very small opening at the top allows for only a very simple arrangement. I wedged in some dark, warm dried elements as subtle notes to the gentle warmth of sandalwood. I decided to also display a small trinkets tray carved in the same city.
A very old stoneware jar provides an earthy foundation for an explosion of firy lilies and sunflowers. Tropical leaves provide the tempering counterpoint to all this heat.
Harkening back to tradition, this flood of warm tones finds a home in an old FTD duck planter. The elements are all very warm in a setting of nostalgic form.
These examples show that a person can notch back the thermostat by simply playing the mental trick of adding warm colors to a room.