More Creative Ways to Bring Coziness Into Your Living Room
Whether your space is large or small, these inspirational ideas will give you that cozy living room you’ve always wanted.
Holistic Design Approach
For warmth, incorporating things that you love is always a winning strategy. Don’t be afraid to surround yourself with beautiful items that bring positive energy. And if those things end up being healthy and environmentally conscious, even better. Natural elements, like organic textiles, raw fibers and eco-friendly furnishings not only work together to create a restorative environment, they can make a significant impact on wellness and overall happiness.
Leaning into the theme of “natural,” when designing an open living space to be inviting and warm, incorporating natural wood is a great choice for decorative and functional purposes. Not only does it provide balance and texture, it also injects warmth. Plus, as an innately imperfect element, natural wood can bring casual simplicity to contemporary spaces. For a significant impact, consider plank walls, raw oak floors or large beams. Handcrafted wood tables make striking accent pieces.
Texture is Key
When working to bring warmth into a neutral living area, texture is key. Yes, even more subdued color palettes can exude coziness by layering varied textiles and textures. Plush pillows, throws, and upholstered furniture in a variety of fabrics — linen, chenille, velvet, linen — go a long way in providing a comfortable atmosphere. And don’t forget the area rugs!
Use Saturated Colors
While using deep, rich hues in compact spaces may seem counterintuitive, doing so can actually be more effective for imposing warmth than choosing lighter, more reflective colors. In other words, if you’re dealing with a smaller area, consider picking a wall color that is going to make an impact. Once you’ve made your choice, build on it with accessories and a variety of decorative elements for texture. You’ll be sure to ramp up the fun, drama and coziness in the room.
Warm Up With Layers
As mentioned before, layering adds interest and coziness to interior designs simultaneously. From furniture materials, throws and pillows to area rugs, lighting and greenery, the importance of a layered approach cannot be understated.
Tell Your Story
Personalize your living room by displaying family treasures and pieces that you love. Allow your home to tell your story. Curate special objects and allow others to appreciate the sentiment behind them. By doing so, you’ll be turning up the coziness factor.
Another idea is to print and display family photos, whether distributed throughout the room or hung on a gallery wall. Either way, visitors can embrace the warmth and love captured in them.
The type of seating you choose for your living room is absolutely critical to how cozy it is — especially when dealing with an open floor plan. Not only should there be an ample amount of seats available, there should also be a variety of different seating types. For example, some prefer to sit in the middle of all the action (think couch or sectional), while others like to sprawl out in a low-key spot (think side ottoman or lounge chair). Don’t forget quick-perch options for those who just want to pop in and sit for a minute or two before going on their way.
Add In Artwork
Wall art rich in color and texture helps create warmth in areas that are otherwise plain. Pair it with plush seating, layers of materials and decorative elements, and the result is a functional, yet intimate space ideal for relaxation.
Multiple Lighting Sources
The importance of lighting is often overlooked when it comes to bringing comfort to a room. However, good lighting has the ability to make everyone and everything look better. Ideally, you want to incorporate light from at least three sources to optimize mood, contrast and to keep your guests looking their best. For example, try mixing the unique attributes of natural lighting, sconces, overhead lights and floor lamps to create the perfect atmosphere in a living room.