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Our Favorite Cozy Living Room Ideas for Your Home

It’s hard to overstate the distinct comforts of a cozy living room, especially during the winter months when the days are short and the nights are long. In today’s blog, we will discuss some of the best cozy living room ideas to help you create a comfortable oasis of your own. 

1. Roll Out the Rugs

When it comes to cozy living room ideas, area rugs are on the top of our list. Decorating with rugs offers a wide range of stylistic and practical benefits. They can make a room look and feel cozier by adding a soft texture to the room, they keep your feet warm when walking across hardwood floors, and they prevent echoes that can make the room feel cavernous and empty. Plus, they have greater insulating value, so they’ll help keep you warm during cold weather. Area rugs can even help protect your kids if they slip and fall. 

2. Bring on the Blankets

Nothing says cozy like blankets! That’s why blankets are some of our favorite cozy living room decors. To get started, we recommend opting for soft materials and textures. You might, for example, choose a loose-knit or faux fur blanket. From there, you’ll want to choose a color or pattern that complements your living room color palette. You can even swap out different blankets for different seasons—like a red plaid blanket for Christmas or a bright floral-print blanket for spring. Once you’ve chosen the perfect cozy blanket, it’s time to decide where to put it. For comfort and convenience, our interior design experts recommend draping blankets over sofas, ottomans, storage benches, and the foot of your bed. 

3. Opt for an Ottoman

One of our favorite cozy living room ideas involves opting for an ottoman instead of a more traditional coffee table. Because they’re upholstered, ottomans have a warm, soft texture that can make your room feel homey and welcoming. But the benefits don’t end there. Unlike coffee tables, ottomans can be used as extra seating when you’re entertaining guests for the holidays. They can even prevent bumps and scrapes, as the edges are softer and rounder than most coffee tables. If you do opt for a cocktail ottoman, be sure to coordinate it well with the other furniture in your home to make the most out of your decor. 

4. Layer Your Lighting

No single light fixture can give you everything you need to properly light a room, especially if you want your living room to feel cozy. That’s why no list of cozy living room ideas would be complete without layered lighting. To get started, you’ll need to consider ambient lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting. Also known as general lighting, ambient lighting often includes things like ceiling-mounted light fixtures, chandeliers, and natural light from windows. Then, you have your task lighting. Task lighting is traditionally used to make sure there is an adequate amount of light for specific tasks like reading, cooking, crafting, or working. In a living room, for example, task lighting might be used next to a sofa or in a reading nook so you have enough light to see your paperback. Once you have these lighting layers down, you can layer in your accent lighting. Accent lighting highlights important objects and décor by focusing light directly on them. This includes uplights, picture lights, and wall sconces. Be sure to think about how all of these different lighting types work together and find light fixtures that match the look and feel of your living room décor. 

5. Decorate with Plants

When it comes to cozy living room décor, it’s hard to beat the power of plants. Not only can plants add a splash of color to your home décor, but they can also make the space feel fresh and inviting. Whether you opt for a tall plant in an empty corner or an array of smaller plants carefully curated throughout the room, plants can help improve your air quality, create positive Feng Shui energy, and make your living feel more homey and welcoming. Worried about keeping plants alive? Don’t be afraid to decorate with fake plants and flowers! While they won’t improve your home’s air quality, they’ll deliver on all of the other benefits of decorating with plants without all the hassle. That way, you won’t have to worry about finding the right level of sunlight or the ideal watering schedule in order to take advantage of the greenery. 

6. Fill Up Those Shelves

Whether you have a large bookcase, floating shelves, or a cabinet with a hutch, decorating your shelves is a great way to make your living room feel even more cozy. For many, books are the ultimate cozy comfort, and so filling your shelves with books can go a long way toward creating a warm and cozy ambience. If you’re not a reader, decorating your shelves with an array of knick knacks and found objects can give your room an element of personality and style. Not sure how to decorate your shelves? Start with a theme. Maybe you want to display items with a warm color palette or items you’ve collected through travel. You can even get festive by swapping out different items for different seasons. Whatever you choose, carefully curated shelves will make your living room feel intimate and cozy. 

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