This time of year, when “Colorful Colorado” is at its most monochromatic (crisp, white snow and brown-sage foothills), we could all use some color infusion—a little paint therapy, if you will.

Which is why what I love most about this edition of 5280 Home is the bold use of color throughout all the houses we profile. There’s a kitchen remodel with liberal use of vibrant red (“Merry & Bright” ); a suburban home’s electric blue, graphic-print floral bedroom (“Pattern Play” ); and a Cherry Creek Georgian with a Kelly green breakfast nook, teal dining room, and purple throw-pillowed living room (“Living In Color” ). The designer for the latter, Andrea Schumacher, explains this “welcome color” design style best: “The more, the better. I look at the calmness and beauty of a neutral room—that Barbara Barry look—and I think, I love that, but I have a hard time doing it. Color is my happy place.”

Speaking of happy places, this entire issue is full of wintery-chic ideas guaranteed to warm up even the chilliest corners of your house—just in time for the houseguests to descend. We found locally made felted-wool throw pillows (“Pillow Talk”), reindeer-inspired decorative antlers (“Welcome Winter”), vintage filament light bulb wall hangings (“On The Right Track”), and even cowboy-themed fine art (“Modern Cowboy“).

Here’s hoping this issue inspires you to take a chance on color and create your own cozy, happy places to wile away the winter.

—Inset photo courtesy of Worth Interiors