Does your living room make you feel like curling up with a good book and a hot cuppa? Winter is the time of year where all you want to do is be warm and cosy, and the living room is one of the places that should feel warm and welcoming.
If yours is feeling more cold and sparse than warm and inviting, there are some simple ways that you can ring it to life and give it some personality.
Firstly, have a look around the room and think about what the main focus of the room is. Do you have a fireplace or a gorgeous gas heater or a lovely big window with a stunning outlook? Maybe it's an artwork that you want to be the feature of the room or a piece off. Whatever you choose, make this your starting point and inspiration for the rest of the room.
From here have a look at the wall colour. Does it feel inviting? If you haven't repainted in a while, you might like to think about a fresh new colour that gives your room warmth and atmosphere.
Muted colours add a softness to a room, so if you want to add some colour to your walls, this can create a really welcoming feel. Greens, pinks and terracottas are popular colours at present and have a lovely earthy feel to them. Or you could play it safe with greys, beige, greige or white for a more timeless look.
Add some throws and cushions in colours that complement the main colours in your room. The little things really finish off a room and add personality. They add visual warmth as well as additional comfort for snuggling up on the couch to watch a movie. Large floor cushions are great if you have kids.
Rugs are another great way to add warmth to your living room. You can layer more than one to create a unique and cosy feel. Make sure the rug is big enough for your space. If it's too small, it will ruin the look of your room.
Lighting is also a must for a cosy and ambient space. Adding some table or floor lamps is a simple way to create atmosphere. Choosing a fabric shade will dim the lighting and create an intimate atmosphere.
So there are a few simple ways to create a lovely welcoming living room and they can be done in a day or a weekend and won't break the bank.
I would love to hear your ideas on what makes a living room cosy and comfortable. Let me know in the comments below.
Until next time,
29 June 2019