Make your living room instantly more cosy and inviting with our five simple tips and tricks. From choosing the perfect furniture to getting the light just right, create a space you and your guests will never want to leave.
HOW TO CREATE A COSY LIVING ROOM IN 5 SIMPLE STEPS
Bring warmth and comfort into your home...
1. A SUMPTUOUS CENTREPIECE
There's no better way to create a cosy, comfortable home than by selecting the perfect sofa. Your sofa is the centrepiece of your living space, so choosing the right one is key to elevating the room and providing a comfortable place to relax and unwind. Keep things simple by considering size, style and fabric. For young busy families, a sofa like the Sandringham 3 Seater is modern, playful and upholstered in Aquaclean Velvet fabric, a stain-resistant fabric ideal for mucky hands. Or, for stylish socialites, the generously proportioned Buckingham Large Chaise Corner Sofa provides plenty of space, deep cushions and a minimalist profile.
2. SOFT TOUCHES
Cushions, throws, blankets and other soft furnishings are an effortless way to add an extra level of hygge (the Danish quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality) to your home. If you don't know where to start, experiment with different textures, fabrics and designs to see which pieces best suit your space and achieve the style you're looking for. Fabrics like sheepskin and wool add texture and warmth while chenille and velvet add a touch of opulence, like the Midhurst Cushion pictured here.
3. THE BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE
Whether it’s for enjoying a good book, sitting in front of the fire or relaxing with a cup of tea, a comfortable armchair is a key part of any cosy living room, and often the missing piece. Create cohesion with a coordinating armchair in the same style and colour as your sofa, or opt for an accent chair, like the opulent Victoria Armchair, to enhance your space with a striking silhouette. Don’t forget to pair with a footstool so you can sit back and unwind in absolute comfort.
4. COSY COLOURS
Consider the depth and richness of the colours you choose to include in your home, rather than tone. By choosing deep, rich colours like dark blues and rusty reds, you'll enhance the natural warmth of any room.
5. AMBIENT LIGHTING
Soft light works best to create a cosy and warm atmosphere within any room. Opt for lamps to cast a diffused light across your space, like the Ripley Floor Lamp which diffuses a beautiful even light from its stunning globe-shaped glass shade. If your existing lights are dimmable, simply turn them to low for an instant infusion of cosiness.