As the weather outside begins to cool down, it’s important that your living room has a nice cosy feel to it to help you feel warm. A cosy room feels like a cuddle and there is no better place to wind down at the end of a windy and blustery day than in a nice cosy living room. The important elements of a cosy room are that is feels soft, gentle and warm... so how does one go about this?
Lighting has a tremendous impact on the cosy-factor of a room. Harsh, bright, white lights can make even the smallest, softest environment feel sterile and unwelcoming. This is where lamps are really good. Diffuse lighting and well placed lamps will light your room with glows rather than flares of light, making the room feel instantly more intimate, gentler and cosier. Candles, dimmer switches and lamp shades on bulbs that diffuse light and redistribute it more gently also help.
Modern homes tend to use a great deal of white and black, which looks fantastic but can really remove any cosy feelings from a room. To make up for this, you can add splashes of warm colours such as red or maroon in the form of rugs, pillow covers, throws or paintings to add instant heat and warmth and thus a good dash of cosy feeling!
Soft soft soft is the cosy rule! The materials you choose for your living room will also dictate how cosy it feels. As a general rule the softer the material the cosier the room. So if you are a leather sofa kind of person, you can add soft material covered cushions to add a dose of cosy to your seating area. Soft rugs, curtains and cushions also go a long way in the cosy stakes.
Empty space in a room tends to collect cold and remove any warmth or comfort from a room, so adding finishing such as photos, paintings, vases and lamps around the room will increase the cosy factor and make the room feel very welcoming and warm. If your colour theme is dark, then lighter colour finishing touches will create a contrast that will build a cosy feeling (as long as there is not too much clash). Smiley faces, and uplifting images also add an extra cosy dimension to even the harshest room.
About the Author: Ben writes about home improvements and loves redecorating his house. He currently writes for a tool hire company in the UK.