Whether or not a design of any kind is satisfactory depends exclusively on the person making the observation. So, when planning a remodel of your living room, the first thing that you need to ask yourself is – what am I actually trying to achieve? Better yet, you need to ask yourself – what is the first word that should come to mind when I think about my living room in the future? If cozy is the word that you’re looking for, here are four ways for you to make it all happen.
The first thing that comes to mind when one mentions a cozy living room is probably a plethora of pillows on your couch, armchairs and… well, everywhere. Still, there are some rules to decorating with throw pillows that you must honor at all times. You need to consider the type of fabric, the shape of the pillow, its color and a temporary storage solution for when you need to increase the usability of the seating solution in question. The arrangement itself can be either homogeneous or contrasting, depending on the visual impression that you’re trying to achieve. The sooner you master this art, the better.
Most homes nowadays have a simple hardwood floor, yet, although elegant, hardwood floors are often cold and hard (as their very name suggests). Therefore, in order to make the place softer, warmer and cozier, you might want to add some additional insulation to the floor by placing the rug strategically. This is especially a good idea for those who have children who prefer to play around the living room floor, due to the fact that an investment in a rug will suddenly become an investment in their health. Lastly, rugs tend to add a touch of homeliness to the overall vibe of the room, thus making them into every living room’s must-have.
When speaking about coziness in design, a lot of people focus on the visual. After all, this is what decoration is all about, right? Well, not entirely. You see, the very term coziness is something that’s more commonly described as a feeling or a sensation than the visual element. This is why you need to go beyond visual and try to attack all the senses at the same time. First of all, you need to create some sort of pleasant ambient noise. A crackling of firewood in the fireplace is a great example. If not, some soft background music can also give admirable results. As for the other senses, buying aromatized linen sprays and using them on your furniture can produce a surprising result.
Lastly, you need to understand that in order for a room to feel cozy, it needs to be a bit chaotic. What we mean by that is the fact that the out-of-magazine type of order and symmetry often seems somehow plastic, even fake. Remember, you don’t want a model home, what you need is a place that looks like there’s a family living there. This is why you might want to spread some quirky odds and ends around the place and include every single family member into the quest of accessorizing. By giving everyone permission to pick just one accessory to add to the room, you can already achieve this effect.
Of course, there are also a lot of honorable mentions including the use of potted plants, replacing a standard coffee table with an oversized ottoman and enhancing the use of natural light. The reason why I picked the above-listed four tips over them is due to the fact that they’re A) simple, B) cost-effective and C) not radical. In other words, they’re the changes that everyone will feel comfortable with and changes that you can introduce this very day. This versatility alone can make quite a difference.