Tips for creating that perfectly cozy living room
It may seem obvious that we all want a cozy living room, but there are some specific decorating techniques that add an extra layer of warmth to your well-used space.
From lamps and ottomans to throw blankets and pillows, anyone can take the harsh edge out of a room by introducing textures, colour and mood.
Toss your cozy around
Whether it’s on a sofa, in a bay window or in a decorative basket, throw pillows and blankets are almost a must for a cozy room. One important tip is to find a balance in the mix of the two, while also using the right myriad of colour, pattern and texture.
It’s probably best to stick to one major colour palette, but don’t be afraid to add the occasional accent colour to change things up. You could, for instance, use a solid colour for two larger pillows and then add two more smaller pillows with a neutral pattern and different texture. Toss in a blanket that accents the grouping and you’re on your way.
Light and cozy
The right mix of lamps — think about size, colour, design and placement — can go a long way to adding mood to a room, making it warm and attractive for a variety of functions. Whether you’re snuggling with a partner, entertaining guests, or reading alone, the perfect lighting arrangement will allow for all activity.
A mix of stand-up floor lamps and end-table lighting will give you the right diversity for almost any use. When mapping out what you need, consider the size of the room. A larger space allows you to bring in larger lamps or more of them. Conversely, a smaller room will look better with size-appropriate lighting.
Drop a stand-up floor lamp behind an armchair and you have yourself a cozy reading corner. Put a smaller table lamp between two armchairs and there’s room for you and a reading buddy. And don’t be afraid to mix and match designs and colours. This will add to the texture and warmth of the room.
Out with the table, in with the ottoman
While coffee tables can still bring a room together nicely — and still providing the traditional functions of holding martinis and your favourite books — they’re regularly being replaced with ottomans. The swap out works for both small and large rooms, so just about anyone can pull it off.
Fortunately, ottomans, which have seen a resurgence in the last decade, come in many sizes and shapes. The added bonus: They often have far more function than a coffee table. You can easily find ottomans that come with storage space under the hinged tops. Plus, the texture of a cushioned surface helps to make a cozy living room.
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