The living room should be one place where you can kick off your heels and really relax in the comfort of your own home. So, if yours isn’t particularly cosy at the moment, it might be worth taking some time to transform it into a snug space where you can cosy up, rest and relax after a stressful day.
Here are some tips to help you create a cosy living room on any budget:
Install a Fireplace
If you’re living room doesn’t already feature a fireplace, it might be worth checking out the fireplaces from Westland because nothing says cosy more than a roaring fire framed by an attractive rustic, fireplace. Just think how good it will feel to cosy up around the hearth on those cold evenings, and you’ll see why a fireplace is so essential to any snug space.
Instead of arranging your furniture to point at the TV, try to group it so that you can all gather round and enjoy some time talking. Anchoring furniture around the fireplace is a great way to encourage cosy relaxation and chat, so if you want to be able to watch the TV with ease and stay comfy, cosy and connected, you could consider having your TV wall-mounted above the fireplace as a compromise.
Relax and Recline
If you like to kick back and relax with a glass of wine in your living room after a busy day (and who doesn’t), invest in a reclining chair or sofa and your pleasure will double. You can buy reclining furniture in a range of styles from Recliner Factory, so you’re sure to find a piece that suits your style to a tee.
Instead of using traditional coffee tables, why not switch things up and use oversized ottomans instead? They’re softer and comfier, which means that they are perfect for creating a cosy atmosphere, and they can double up as spare seating when you have lots of friends over for a fun night, too.
You can’t really create a cosy snug atmosphere with harsh lighting – it just doesn’t work, which is why you should make friends with candles and install a dimmer switch in your living room. When you’re relaxing, you can use the candles, and when you want to read, work or indulge in a hobby, you can turn up the lights, so that you’re comfortable in any situation.
A Flourish of Fabric
Wooden floors and shiny tables might look good, but if they’re not spruces up with softer, warmer fabrics, they can leave the living room feeling cold and clinical. So, throw down a rug in front of your roaring fire, sling a throw over the back of your leather sofa and add cushions, pillows and decorative fabrics to… well everything!
Get Back to Nature
Potted plants and flowers might not be as impressive as their outdoor counterparts when it comes to aiding relaxation, but they’re still pretty good, so pick up a few houseplants, place them strategically around the room and experience their calming, air-cleaning benefits.
What are your top tips for creating a cosy living room you’ll love?