Cozy Living Room -We all want our homes to look and feel as stylish and welcoming and homely as possible, yet for some of us, achieving this is much harder than we may have realized. Everybody has their own unique tastes and requirements for decor, and not all styles work in all homes.
A rustic and old-fashioned stone cottage will not benefit from an ultra-modern, minimalistic interior design, like you see in penthouse apartments in large cities.
Whilst you will want your entire home to look and feel great, for cosiness, the one room you will want to ensure meets the required criteria is the living room. It doesn’t matter whether it is big or small, cramped or spacious, your living room must look and feel cosy, warm, welcoming, and comfortable.
To ensure you achieve your desired look, we’ll be providing you with 25 simple and effective home decor tips designed to provide you with a stylish, welcoming, and cosy living room, without spending an absolute fortune. Look below and see how many tips you can implement the next time you’re feeling creative.
1. Make use of tall potted house plants
If your living room is large and/or has high ceilings, you may wish to consider using tall potted houseplants. These plants can be strategically placed in corners around the room to help fill gaps and add a little colour to your room. As you will see, the following room features fairly tall plants that work wonderfully to fill in the gaps left between seating spaces in the living room, and the fireplace built-ins on both sides.
The large windows complement the houseplants perfectly and flood them and the room with heaps of natural light. When using real plants, you must ensure they are getting enough light, and you must ensure you water them and look after them. Dead plants are just not attractive or welcoming.
2. Go with two-tone walls
Adding a little colour to a living room will work wonders for the entire decor, and going with two-toned walls is perfect. You could paint just one feature wall with a bold and vibrant colour, like a deep red, or, perhaps, you may wish to go with two neutral walls, and two coloured feature walls instead.
To increase the size of the room or to give the impression of the room being larger, you may even consider painting an inch or two onto the ceiling, provided you have a steady hand.
3. Console tables
If you are looking to define individual spaces in the room, console tables function as fantastic pieces of furniture. You can push them against a sofa or armchair or have them against a wall, for them to separate individual spaces in open-plan living areas. These tables almost function as barriers, and not only do they look great, but they are also practical because they provide additional storage space.
4. Go with ottomans instead of coffee tables
Whilst coffee tables can look stylish and attractive, and be functional in the process, you may wish to trade in your coffee table for a large ottoman instead. Plush ottomans are the perfect example of warmth and cosiness, and they also provide a great deal of comfort.
You can put your feet up and use them as footstools whilst you sit on the sofa or armchair, plus, you can even use them as a table if you make use of a tray or flat surface. Many of these pieces of furniture also provide extra storage options for you as well.
5. Sectional sofas are great for big cozy living rooms
If your living room is large and spacious, you may wish to go with a sectional sofa. Oversized sectional sofas help make living rooms feel a great deal warmer, cosier, and more welcoming, especially if you go with light colours and soft materials.
As you will see here, this sofa and it’s cool blue colour looks fantastic and helps to really break up the room, whilst making it look stylish and welcoming at the same time. The sofa is also not flush against the wall, and like we spoke about earlier, tall potted plants have been used to break up various sections of the living room.
6. Go with plenty of natural light
When it comes to living rooms, you literally cannot have enough natural light flooding into your room, so the more the better! Your windows should be as large as possible, and if you can, you may wish to go with sliding glass doors to allow even more light to flood in.
Dark living rooms are uninviting and depressing, so ensure that your windows are not obstructed, and that your curtains or blinds are not preventing any light from making its way inside.
7. Intimate spaces work wonders
If it is just you and your better half, you may wish to create an intimate space for just the two of you. For smaller living rooms, it’s no good trying to dress them up as large, because they aren’t. Instead, you need to embrace the small size and use it to create an intimate and cosy atmosphere.
Seating arrangements for example, can really be intimate if you know what you’re doing, as you will see here. As you can see, there are three individual spaces here, which are fantastic for couples. The love seat, winged back chairs, and chaise, complete with a back on either side, work especially well, and look fantastic.
8. Throw blankets
Throw blankets are incredibly basic, but don’t let that put you off, as they can look fantastic if used correctly. They can add texture and colour to any room, and can bring dull and uninspired furniture to life. On top of looking great, they are also useful during the winter, when you really want to get snug and cosy after a long and hard day. As far as texture is concerned, the throw seen here, really works well and is very unique at the same time.
9. Seating groups
If your living room is large and spacious, you may wish to create seating groups. Using love seats or individual chairs, you can really achieve a unique look, and best of all, it helps to bulk out your room so that it doesn’t look void and empty.
As you’ll see here, thanks to the large archway, it is very simple to create two separate seating areas. Here however, even though there is no archway, thanks to the space between the seating arrangements, and the different styles and layouts, it is very simple to make out which areas are which.
10. Books and bookshelves
If you’re a keen reader, you won’t need an excuse to use books and bookshelves, but if not, you may still wish to use them to your advantage. Books just ooze warmth and comfort, and as bookshelves require large quantities of wall space, they can be used to break up large sized rooms. Here you will see the TV has been cleverly fitted to the shelves, and as you will also see, there is no empty shelf space at all.
Empty bookshelves are a definite no-no, so if you don’t have enough books, either go out and purchase more, or consider a smaller shelf instead. With smaller shelves, you can break up the space in between book space with ornaments and trinkets, or even, as seen here, artwork.
11. Family photos can look fantastic
When people walk into your living room you want them to know that they are in your home, and that they are welcome. Family photos provide a warm, friendly, relaxed, and cosy atmosphere to any living room, so make sure you utilize any photos you may have.
As seen here, there are family images, books, and trinkets located on the shelves next to the fireplace, as well as the image located on the mantelpiece too. We’re sure you all agree, that these photos really create a cosy atmosphere and help to transform the house into a home.
12. Floor to ceiling curtains can also be effective
To enhance the size of smaller living rooms, and to add texture, style, and colour simultaneously, floor to ceiling curtains work wonders. Choose colours and patterns that compliment the decor of your living room, and most importantly, make sure you get your measurements and lengths exactly right.
13. Table and floor lamps should be featured
When you relax in the evening, you don’t want to be illuminated with bright overhead lights, you want soft, warm, and relaxing light instead. Because of this, table lamps and floor lamps should be featured in your living room. These lamps not only look stylish, but they also offer soft and warming light ideal for reading and conversing, without feeling like you’re at a floodlit football match at night time.
14. Add personal touches
When decorating your living room, it’s important that you get personal and add your own unique personal touches to the room. Go through your existing trinkets, knick knacks, and ornaments, and place them strategically around the room. Try them on shelves, mantels, tables, and anywhere else. You can also go with sculptures and artwork, like seen here.
15. Go with warmer colours
Whilst neutral colours like white and cream are popular, they can be a little boring, and overtime, they can fade. To brighten up your room and to make it more inviting, go with warmer and brighter tones instead. Here, taupe has been used to help enhance the wooden floor, as well as the fireplace, helping to subtly increase the warmth of the cozy living room.
16. Area rugs
For living rooms with hard floors like tile or wood, to help add a little warmth, both in feel and appearance, make use of large rugs for the floor. You can choose different colours, patterns and textures, along with different materials and thicknesses. See what works best for you, and go from there.
17. Pillows should not be underestimated
Pillows are not only ideal for helping to make sofas and chairs comfier, they can also enhance the overall appearance and ambience of your living room as well. Generally, you can never have too many pillows on your sofa, and you should also make sure they’re super-plush, and super-thick at the same time. You can choose pillows in different colours to add a little light to your room, plus you can use them to add colour, like seen here in this smaller sized living area.
18. Don’t be afraid to show off your artistic side
Whilst there is nothing wrong with conforming to society and with playing it safe, sometimes, it pays to take risks when it comes to home decor. If you’re creative, why not display your own artwork on your walls, or your own sculptures in the corners of the room? You could even create a feature gallery wall of your own creations. As seen here, this huge print helps to draw attention away from the dark grey sofa, whilst simultaneously adding a burst of green colour in the process.
19. Sometimes it’s best to be quirky
If you have unusual taste – taxidermy, weird sculptures, tribal masks, sculptures, etc, use this to your advantage to create a living room that reflects your personality perfectly. For a contemporary design, unique pieces such as gas pumps, hunting trophies, and cuckoo clocks, really add layers upon layers of character to a room.
20. Go with different layers
For an eye-catching living room, make use of patterns and materials and layer them upon one another. This look is fantastic because every time you or your guests glance around the room, you or they will see something new and exciting. Here, small sized pieces of furniture have been layered upon using pillows with different patterns on, whilst the brick and gray walls, along with the subtle wall stencils, also add extra dimensions to the walls.
21. Accent colours should be embraced
To help make a tall living room more intimate and inviting, use bright bursts of colour. This living room uses soft purple and bright sunflower yellow to accent the sofa and the textured rug, whereas this next room offers slightly softer shades.
22. Don’t let wall space go to waste
A blank wall is basically a blank canvas, so get creative. Use canvas prints, photos, paintings, posters, shelves, or anything else you can think of, to add character to your room. Bare walls are dismal and uninviting, so just remember that.
23. Bare mantels should also be used
Just as wall space is important, so too is mantel space. Here for example, you can get a clear understanding of the owner’s character and personality, so why not take a little inspiration and see what you can come up with?
24. Flowers brighten anybody’s day
To add colour and vibrant shades to a living room, make use of floral arrangements. Make sure you water them, and let them into plenty of light, and if done correctly, your room can look just as nice as this one.
25. Group similar items together
Finally, if you have items of furniture and accessories of a similar shape, pattern, or design, don’t space them out, group them together instead. This cozy living room may be busy, but as you can see, thanks to the grouped items located next to one another, the different patterns, styles, textures, and designs, all work fantastically well.