You can make your living room feel warm, cozy, and comfortable no matter how large or small the space may be. When you pair the right decor and design strategies, you can create an inviting atmosphere that will entice anyone who enters the room to sit down and relax.
When coziness is your goal, a haphazard approach won’t do, so take your time as you decide what you want to do with your space!
1. Choose a Focal Point
Choosing a focal point for the room is a helpful first step in this process. Your focal point may be a fireplace, or perhaps a central coffee table. Note that if you want to encourage conversation in the room, a television is not an ideal focus because it draws people’s attention away from each other and toward a passive object. Once you have determined your purpose for the room, you can begin arranging furniture. The size of the room will affect your strategy.
2. Divide a Large Room into Smaller Sections
In a large space, you may want to create multiple areas with different purposes. A room that can contain quite a few people can have a central seating area around your focal point, but also may accommodate additional, smaller areas for uses such as seated conversation, or a small desk for a workspace, or a reading nook with a comfy chair or two, plus a small table and lamp. A high ceiling can be minimized with a larger, decorative light fixture that hangs low enough to partially fill the upper space and create a sense that the living space begins at the level from which the light emanates.
3. Avoid Overwhelming a Small Room
In a small space, all the furniture should serve its focal point. The sizes of the furniture items should be streamlined enough that they will not make the room feel cramped. Deep or bulky furniture will take up more space than necessary, and awkwardly bumping into things isn’t the least bit cozy!
4. Suggest Comfort with Soft Shapes and Textures
You can give your living room that cozy aura by including accessories with a look and feel that suggest comfort. Add items such as pillows, blankets, floor cushions, plush rugs, and more to enhance this cushy feeling. Choose furniture and decor with soft, natural shapes and textures to round off any hard lines or cool surfaces that are native to the space.
5. Use Light and Color for Atmosphere
Lighting is important to the look and feel of any room. Soft, natural light is ideal, and may come from multiple sources. If the windows in your living room are large or expose the room to harsh glare, your window treatments can soften the effect considerably. Sheer curtains or shades can diffuse daylight without taking away your view, and plush draperies can add comfort and privacy at any time of day.
The colors you select also make a difference. Choose pieces that introduce warm colors to the room, even if those tones only appear in accent pieces among a larger scheme of cool tones. A few strategically placed throw pillows and blankets in warm colors can have a big impact. You can use art to add color and warmth as well, whether it is in the photographs or paintings on the walls, in the covers of books kept on shelves and tables, or in other knickknacks placed around the room.
6. Don’t Just Create the Illusion of Comfort
If you put a lot of effort into making your room look comfortable only to have the illusion dissipate the moment someone sits on an uncomfortable piece of furniture, your purpose is defeated. Fortunately, this pitfall is easy to avoid. Before you buy a sofa, test it to determine whether you actually find it pleasant to sit on. Ensure that it provides proper support, and make certain that the sizes and heights of various sofas and chairs will work well with any tables with which they are paired.
When you are ready to give your living room a cozy makeover, we at Good’s Furniture are here to help. Ask our staff for recommendations on the best pieces to create the comfortable, homey feeling of your dreams.