After a long day at work, nothing sounds more relaxing than walking into a cosy, warm living room. Whether your living room needs to be spruced up with a few changes or completely overhauled for a new look and feel, we have five interesting tips for creating a cosy, welcoming space where you’ll enjoy spending more time with your family and friends.
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1. Create a cosy seating arrangement
Few design elements can match the impact of a grouped seating arrangement when it comes to warm, welcoming and cosy interiors. You want to create a space that encourages intimate, friendly conversations, not a sparse, empty space with a ‘cold’ vibe. Unless you have a very small living room, avoid placing couches and chairs along the walls. Instead, pull all seating inwards, around a warm wood coffee table to create a cosier ambience. If your living room is rather big, the large gap between the sofa and a coffee table can be easily avoided by using a plush, stuffed ottoman as a coffee table instead of a traditional centre table to close the gap and also add a touch of softness to your décor. Use a rug to visually define the seating area and also add a little colour, texture and pattern to the space, for a cosier vibe.
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2. Work with colours
One of the easiest ways to add a soft, warm touch to any living room is to paint two-tone walls. Choosing warm colours like cream and orange or white and green will instantly create a cheery vibe and also make it easier to pick accent pieces for the room. However, if your living room is rather small, there are many other ways to bring in some much needed warm colours. Think colour blocked curtains matched to rugs and cushions or simply add colour and freshness through flowers and wall art. The key is to use harmonious colours in small doses throughout the living spaces to create a cohesive yet inviting look.
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3. Layer of soft lighting
Do not overlook lighting; it is the single most versatile way to add warmth and cosiness to any space. Instead of bright overhead lights, opt for soft mood lighting with a layered effect. Complement overhead lighting and ceiling fixed lights with table lamps and floor lamps. You can also add spotlights and downlighters as well as up-lighters to highlight art and décor accents and also create visual interest. Add the final finishing touch with a decorative aromatic candle that can be lit while entertaining or simply when lounging in the living room on a long weekend.
4. Add comfort with textiles
Using a variety of textiles and patterns will soften up the room, especially those with hard surfaces like wooden floors and vitrified tiles. Cushions and throw pillows are the perfect 'union' between style and comfort. Pick a fabric that best suits your décor and lifestyle and choose a range of textures, patterns and colours to create a fun grouping of cushions. Throw rugs also add a comfy vibe to the room and will speak to your individual taste.
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5. Showcase your style with accessories
A living room that looks too sparse or too fragile never feels welcoming for guests or yourself. For a space to feel cosy, it needs to have a ‘lived in’ feel, or it ends up looking like a hotel lobby that is too formal to offer any comfort or relaxation. Choose your favourite family photographs, put them into an interesting frame to line one wall and create a photo gallery or display these over a long console table. Fill shelves with books, decorative accents you have picked up while travelling or the ones that hold sentimental value to you, or simply pull out some ceramic pottery/ crockery pieces to add colour and drama to table tops and side tables. If you love green décor, fill up an empty lonely corner with a tall potted plant in an interesting planter. Add character to the space that is in sync with your own personality so that your living room feels cosier and more welcoming.
With these simple tips, creating a cosy and warm living room just got easier! Remember - make comfort paramount, but don’t be afraid to play with colour and texture.