There’s nothing like plopping yourself down in a comfy chair to relax with your family after a hard day at work. But if you don’t have a lovely living room retreat to sink into, you might have a tough time relaxing at all! Whether your living room needs a few minor adjustments, or a complete overhaul to turn it into a comfy family space, the following tips for creating a cosy living room will give you some ideas:
The foundation of creating a cosy living room lies in the seating. Not only do you need to choose well-made comfortable pieces, such as Chesterfield sofas or comfy reclining armchairs, but you also need to ensure that you place them in such a way as to create a cosy atmosphere. For example, grouping all your sofas and chairs around the TV or fireplace will give you a focal point and ensure you’re all together, so that you can have a good chat, or snuggle up and watch a film as a family.
Lighting is often left out of the equation when attempting to create a cosy living room, but it is actually one of the most important parts of creating the right atmosphere. Soft lighting, like the light emitted from candles, fairy lights and dimmed bulbs is great for creating a cosy and relaxing atmosphere, but it isn’t ideal if you want to read or have some family fun. So, it is always best to use a mixture of light sources in your living room; that way you can always set the right mood, whatever that might be!
One of the simplest and most affordable ways to make the living room cosy is to add layers of various textiles. Throw a few cushions on your sofa, drape a few blankets and throws around the place and buy a brand new rug to make the room feel warmer and more inviting.
Whether you love abstract art, Buddha sculptures or vintage books, don’t be afraid to accessorize your living room with the things you love. Just be sure that you give equal prominence to the thing the other members of your family love too, or it’ll only be a cosy room for you!
Light a Fire
If you want to catapult your living room’s cosiness out of the stratosphere, you might want to consider installing a log burning fire, if you don’t already have one. I’m sure you’ll agree that nothing screams cosy more than a roaring fire on a cold winter’s evening. A fire will also provide a focal point for the room and it’ll entice your kids to spend less time in their rooms and more time in the living room with you to boot.
You’ll have so much fun warming your feet, telling scary stories and toasting marshmallows that you’ll forget there are other rooms in the house in a flash. The only problem is you won’t want to get up and go to bed or leave for work when you’ve got a lovely warm fire enticing you to stay!