This guest post ‘Cozy Living Room Ideas’ was written by Diana Smith.
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No matter if you’re conducting full-on home renovations or just having a tiny makeover, there are always things you can do to boost comfort and warmth in your living room.
After all, it’s the space where you spend most of your time together as a family (often after work and school) so you really deserve something super relaxing.
Living Room Ideas
Don’t know where to start with your living room improvements?
Take a look at these tips and you’ll end up with a cozy and relaxing space for you and your family.
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Create A Conversation Circle
If your priority is socializing and relaxation through laughter and easy chat, then you must try this little furniture-arranging trick: a conversation circle!
These were very popular in the past, but today they are coming back in a new form.
Conversation circles don’t have to be super traditional and formal and can easily fit into your laid-back interior style.
Just ditch the old-fashioned leather sofas for some accent furniture pieces like nest chairs or French chaise longues.
You will still have that familiar feeling of intimacy and togetherness but in much better attire!
Get An Ottoman
You simply can’t call your living room “cozy” if you don’t have a practical ottoman that allows people to put their feet up and really kick back.
You can also use a coffee table (this is a no-judge zone), but ottomans are more appropriate, easy to tuck in somewhere when not in use and can be employed as extra seating!
Introduce Some Wood
Natural wood in interior design will not only make your space more aesthetically pleasing and interesting but also provide just the right balance between textures and finishes.
Wood has a very organic vibe that creates a cozy look everyone knows and loves.
If you’re up for a bigger home improvement project, you can install wooden beams, invest in hardwood floors or add wood cladding!
For a smaller and cheaper change, a handmade wooden table will serve as a perfect accent piece.
Welcome Natural Light
Most homeowners underestimate just how important natural light is for comfort and relaxation.
A badly lit room always looks smaller, depressing and less inviting!
So, if you have the chance to boost your natural light with new windows, skylights and glass doors, don’t hesitate to make that move.
No chance of extra light sources? No worries, just improve their treatment and rethink your living room layout by removing light-blocking furniture pieces away from windows.
Plenty of natural illumination will not only make your room cozier and more welcoming, but also prevent eye fatigue and improve your sleep-wake cycle, so it’s a double win for sunshine!
Get Nice And Toasty
A fireplace is the epitome of cozy living, especially in winter!
So, if you have the chance to enrich your home with a real fireplace, don’t let the opportunity slide.
However, even though they give so much in return, wood-burning models require a lot of work and maintenance.
If you’re not ready for that, you can always opt for an electric fireplace.
They are relatively new, but there are easy buying guides to best electric fireplaces that will explain the concept, introduce various types and models and state pros and cons.
All in all, they look amazing, boost the warmth, add to the cozy ambience, and all that while requiring almost zero effort!
Invest In Lush Materials
One of the easiest and most cost-effective things you can do to make your living room cozier is to ditch your cheap fabrics and replace them with something lush and lux.
It’s an instant path towards comfort and relaxation!
Think (faux) fur and sheepskin, velvet, silk or cashmere.
And, the best thing is that you don’t have to use these expensive materials all over the place to achieve big effects!
A bit here and there is all you need to completely transform the feel of the room.
Add Throw Pillows And Blankets
The most practical and beloved way to add warmth and coziness to any space is with throw pillows and blankets.
There’s not a soul in this world that doesn’t like curling up under a knit blanket while watching their favorite TV show on the couch!
So, make sure to enrich your sofa with these cozy elements and you’re seating will always invite you for a quick power nap or a lazy chill session with your family.
Plus, you don’t even have to spend money on these décor additions.
You can always try your hand at knitting your own blankets and soft pillowcases (there are many useful tutorials online).
It might look complicated at first, but you’ll be knitting your own stuff in no time—it’s quite relaxing and addictive!
Add Warmth With Rugs
Sure, tiles and hardwood floors are stylish, practical and modern, but they still can’t beat the warmth of a nice area rug!
They are perfect for all types of living rooms since they boost warmth and anchor the room, but also offer visual interest and add texture to the space.
You and your loved ones deserve a space that will make you feel relaxed, stress-free and happy.
So, remodel your living room into a cozy haven with these tips and every day will be a little treat for the entire family!
Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to home improvement and latest DIY projects.
In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.