Countless hours are spent cuddling on the sofa, catching up on Netflix, or playing board games in the living room. It’s a place that is synonymous with coziness and warmth. A comfortable living room pleases and teases the eye in a way that feels fun and edgy while catering for your need to curl in or pile up in the most relaxed style.
We’ve selected few of our favorite ways to make any size living room cozy, comfortable, and welcoming and have curated them with some truly gorgeous living room designs.
PILE ON THE PILLOWS
Pillows are the foundation of a cozy living room. Toss a few pillows on your couch and chairs, and don’t overlook the floor: overstuffed floor pillows can double as extra seating for guests.
LIGHT A FIRE
Nothing sets the mood for a cozy night in quite like the flickering of a fireplace. If you don’t have the luxury of a hearth, light a candle or two, or more to channel the feel of an afternoon by the fire.
SUPERSIZE THE SOFA
If you’re considering a sofa upgrade, opt for an extra-deep one that’s both great for entertaining larger crowds as well as nap friendly. While you don’t want your sofa to overpower your space, you also don’t want one that’s too small or too narrow to be comfortable.
MULTIPLY YOUR SEATING
Comfy seating is a must when designing a cozy living space. Couches should be deep-seated, chairs should cushy be and/or ergonomic, and there should always be ample seating to go around.
Beyond pillows, layer different textures to make your space feel extra cozy: Think soft rugs, touchable throws, blankets, and pillows, all of which will add to the comfort factor that will contribute to your ultimate lazy day.
COLLECT COZY THROWS
Drape a throw across the back of your couch to give your space some extra style, or neatly fold a few in a floor basket near the foot of a chair. Bonus: You can change them out with the seasons or on a whim.
DARK IT OUT
If you want to really give your living room a cozy feeling, nothing accomplishes that quite as easily as painting the walls a dark, moody color. Whether pitch black, blue-gray, or forest green, a darker color will make you want to hunker down and unwind.
Make sure everyone involved in your Netflix binge has a side table for their drinks and popcorn bowls. You’ll be thankful when no glasses are spilled because someone was balancing it awkwardly on a sofa armrest.
Think back to the living rooms you’ve entered that have made you feel at home the instant you walked through the door. Chances are, the one thing they all had in common was that they were perfectly imperfect.
DON’T OVERLOAD IT
Having too much stuff in the living room can create the opposite effect of calm. To keep from tipping the scales in that direction, leave some empty space to lend an air of tranquility.
Cozy is not a living room design style. Instead, cozy is a technique or effect that can be applied to multiple styles. Finally, it’s a timeless effect. What’s cozy today will be cozy in the future. Whether your space is large or small, these cozy living room ideas will create a warm and inviting environment to be enjoyed all year-round.