How to make a living room cosy

Whether it’s at the end of a long day or a busy weekend, our living room is one of the key places where we go to unwind and relax. Creating cosy vibes is key to optimum comfort levels in your living space, and luckily there are plenty of tricks that you can use to make your room as snug as possible.

Here are our tips on how to make your lounge even cosier.

Warm colours

Cosy living room design always centres around the right colour scheme. Warm autumnal colours such as oranges, muted pinks, and even some greens are traditionally thought to be the cosiest, though lighter tones, such as creams and greys can also look soft and luxurious when styled with the right soft furnishings.

When you pick your colour scheme think about how much natural light you have in the room, and how it will be used. Also, if you have pets or children, then pale colours might not be the route for you.

Mood lighting

Soft lighting from a few strategically placed lamps will work wonders when you are looking to achieve cosiness. Wall sconces can look really chic, and if you have a central pedant light then opt for a shade that will add to the mood by casting pretty or interesting shadows around the space.

Of course, candles are the epitome of all that is relaxing and serene, and they look lovely when they are arranged together in a group – perhaps on a coffee table or on a mantlepiece. Choose scented candles and you are well on the way to tip number three, which is…


A cosy room should smell good, so scented candles and room diffusers can really help to set the mood. Autumn and winter are a great time to go for deeper scents like spicy cloves, while in summer you could opt for more floral notes – jasmine and rose smell especially delicious.

Keep things soft

Cushions, throws, and curtains all help to create a feeling of cosiness in your living space. Don’t be afraid to mix different textures when it comes to these items, but always opt for natural fibres where possible for maximum comfort.

Your sofa should be a place where you can sink into and enjoy a book or an afternoon nap, so furnish yours with cushions and blankets that look and feel soft and inviting. Use thick curtains or blinds to block out the light (and the outside world) and choose a rug that feels soft underfoot and that dampen any sounds – one with a deeper pile is great for creating maximum cosiness.

Books and pictures

One of the key things about feeling cosy is actually a sense of being settled and at home somewhere – you want to feel comfortable in your space. Shelves are a great way to display some of your personal items that can make a living room feel very personal and unique to you. Pictures will remind you of happy memories, so have some of your favourite places and people in frames around the room. Books are also good for softening a space. Not only do they add soul to a room, but they can also add colour and help to mute any echoes, making the room feel more lived in.

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