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How to Create a Cosy Living Room

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Published May 10th 2017
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For most people, the living room is the area of relaxation and comfort where they can spend some quality time with their families, or simply retreat from the hustle and bustle of the everyday world. It goes without saying that your living room should breathe with an atmosphere of cosiness, tranquillity and serenity. Home décor plays a vital role in making your living room more inviting and warm, so, wait no longer, and start redecorating.

Furniture choice

Your choice of furniture for the living room can greatly influence the overall ambience. You shouldn't overcrowd your space with too many pieces, but rather stick to several comfy ones. By choosing only several pieces, you'll be able to create an atmosphere of spaciousness and airiness. There's nothing comfortable and enjoyable in having to walk around furniture every time you enter the room. Of course, your furniture choice will also depend on the size of the room, but try to stick to essential pieces – a comfy sofa, stylish coffee table, several armchairs, and bookshelves will do the trick.

Furniture arrangement

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Every living room should have its focal point, and making the TV set yours definitely won't help you create a cosy living room. There's nothing more inviting that arranging your furniture around a fireplace – just imagine gathering around with your family and friends while listening to the crackling sound of warm fire. In addition, it's better to arrange your furniture in a semicircle – not only will it free up the rest of the space, but it will make socialising much easier because you'll be able to look at each other.

A bright and neutral colour scheme

A neutral colour palette for your living room can create an ambience of warmth, cosiness and serenity as long as you use it wisely. By choosing neutral hues, such as white, cream and ivory, you will add softness to your living room. To avoid having a sterile look, you can introduce occasional pops of bolder and darker hues. One of the greatest benefits of having a neutral backdrop is the fact that it provides a lot of possibilities for experimenting with bold accent colours.

The importance of lighting

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Proper lighting is crucial in interior design because it can completely transform a room, emphasise its features and give it a new look. First and foremost, you should use as much natural lighting as possible to create an atmosphere of airiness and openness. Avoid covering your windows with dark, heavy curtains, and use light, gauzy drapes instead. As for artificial lighting, you should opt for LEDs – an energy-efficient solution that will reduce your energy bills and create a more natural look in your living room. Since LEDs come in different styles and colours, you can easily create a desired vibe.

The power of plants

Houseplants have become an essential element of home décor often used to elevate the style of a space and create an ambience full of natural energy. What makes houseplants powerful design details is their ability to improve the indoor air quality and make a space more enjoyable. Not only will plants purify your air from harmful substances, but they will also leave a lasting impression in your living room.

The use of fabrics

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Nothing will add depth and softness to your living room like fabrics. You can add a cosy carpet made of faux sheepskin just under your comfy furniture. Of course, there's no reason why you can't use soft fabrics for accent details, as well – just add several designer cushions to your sofa and a couple of soft blankets to keep you warm and comfortable on chilly nights. Cushions are always a simple, yet effective way to add vibrant colours or intricate patterns to a room.
With just a few simple steps, you can create a living room that radiates with an aura of comfort, softness and warmth. Once you've finished designing it, gather your family and enjoy each other's company.
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Some great tips Emma. I prefer neutral tones on walls and window furnishings so the tone of the room can easily be changed with accessories.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|5676) 127 days ago
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