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    9 Ideas for Creating a Cosy Living Room Space

    18th December 2023
    9 Ideas for Creating a Cosy Living Room Space - Victoria Riverside
    9 Ideas for Creating a Cosy Living Room Space - Victoria Riverside

    The key to living room design lies in a simple question: what does comfort mean to you? Is it soft rugs and textured cushions? Maybe it’s the warm glow of candles or plants that bring the outdoors in.

    Everyone is different, but we think the most successful living room renovations are those that focus on relaxation. According to a survey by Opinium, the British spend 90% of their day indoors. With so much time spent in the living room, it’s important to create a cosy environment in which to enjoy leisure time. So, why not infuse it with personality? Make your house a home with our 9 ideas for creating a cosy, contemporary living room.

    1. Choose Warm and Neutral Colours

    A warm, neutral colour palette is essential for ambience. Think beige, soft browns, warm greys and muted reds or oranges: these tones are perfect for creating a sense of calm. The use of neutrals, particularly greys, may seem counterintuitive when it comes to warmth.

    But it’s a versatile shade that’s often used to make other colours stand out. The key is in the pairing: you can create a balanced look by combining cool grey with vibrant tones and textures. 

    For example, a grey sofa can be livened up with mustard yellow or burnt orange cushions, while a grey wall can be used as a backdrop for artwork or shelving to display your most colourful knick-knacks.

    2. Comfortable Furniture Arrangement

    Sometimes creating a welcoming environment can be as simple as moving a chair. A well-designed living room invites conversation and relaxation, and can make all the difference when it comes to comfort. Work towards a cosy living room by arranging your furniture around a focal point, whether it’s a fireplace, a large window or even a TV.

    This will allow you to enjoy the room’s best features uninterrupted. However, creating an intimate, conversational environment can be more difficult in larger rooms. You can get around this by zoning with multiple seating areas! Design your main area and include a smaller, more secluded corner with a few chairs and a side table for a quiet cup of coffee.

    3. Soft Textures and Fabrics

    Playing with different fabrics and textures is one of our most transferable cosy lounge ideas. You can use these tips in any room to create a dynamic atmosphere full of visual interest. First, choose upholstery that feels good against your skin. Fabrics such as velvet, chenille and soft wool are synonymous with luxury.

    As well as looking good, these materials are comfortable to sit on for long periods of time. One of the easiest and most common ways to add softness to your living room is with throws and decorative cushions. Swap them around to suit the season or your mood and the possibilities are endless.

    You can even change the feel of the room underfoot with a plush rug (essential if you have hardwood or tiled floors!) Opt for thick, soft rugs that invite bare feet, such as shag rugs (especially cosy in the colder months).

    4. Warm Lighting

    Nothing says ‘cosy living room’ quite like ambient lighting. One of our favourite cosy lounge ideas is to combine several light sources to create a cohesive plan. It doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive: just replace your existing light bulbs with ones with a warmer colour temperature, typically around 2700K to 3000K.

    Or use dimmers to control the intensity of your lighting. Adjust the brightness according to activity or time of day and you can always enjoy a relaxing environment. You can even cast light downwards and create pockets of warmth with table and floor lamps. Choose lampshades that give off a warm glow and place them strategically around the room to balance the light and eliminate harsh shadows.

    5. Personalise with Decor

    The heart of a cosy living room isn’t just about colour charts and paint swatches; it’s about finding ways to bring your essence into your home. Hang artwork that speaks to you or showcases your interests. Family photos, travel souvenirs or pieces by your favourite artists can make the room feel more lived-in.

    Arrange them in unique frames or as part of a gallery wall for a visually stunning, personal touch. One of our favourite cosy lounge ideas is to use your living room to tell a story.

    Fill your space with items that have sentimental value, whether they’re heirlooms, gifts from loved ones or treasures you’ve collected over time. With plenty of conversation starters, your lounge will feel all the more meaningful. 

    6. Incorporate Natural Elements

    What better way to create a cosy living room than to bring nature indoors? For most people, being outdoors has a calming effect: with plenty of flowers, trees and sunlight to enjoy, your garden can become a social space in warmer weather. But when winter sets in and sitting outside becomes impossible, fill the void by incorporating natural elements into your interior design.

    Furniture and home accessories made from wood, stone, bamboo, recycled wood and stone, rattan, vintage items and even recycled plastic offer an eco-friendly richness that manufactured items can’t match.

    7. Create a Reading Nook

    At the top of most people’s list of cosy lounge ideas is a reading nook! The ultimate personal retreat, a reading nook allows you to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Before creating your space, think about what you find relaxing in a room. Think about your preferences for clutter, colours and overall atmosphere: this introspection will help set the stage for a reading nook that makes relaxing easy.

    Of course, if you’re going to read, the right lighting is crucial. Choose wall, table or floor lamps that provide a warm glow with sufficient brightness. If possible, position the nook near a window in your cosy living room: you’ll have plenty of natural light and space to watch the world go by.

    8. Declutter and Simplify

    One way to create a cosy living room (without using paint, furniture or tools) is to tidy up and simplify your current setup. A cluttered house is a cluttered mind, and if your living room is filled to the brim with clutter, it could create an unharmonious environment. Start by making daily cleaning a habit.

    Set aside a certain amount of time each day to clear away rubbish and tidy up flat surfaces. Use baskets to collect items that belong in other rooms: this approach will save you time and keep the living room free of items that don’t belong there. Once you’ve decided what goes where, use storage solutions to hide the clutter: these can include shelves, cabinets or decorative boxes that blend in with your cosy living room décor.

    9. Incorporate Seasonal Touches

    Bring spring, summer, autumn and winter into your home with cosy details and seasonal decorations. We don’t mean redecorating your living room every three months! Instead, pick a few key areas where you can change seasonal decor, such as a tray on the coffee table, your mantelpiece or throw pillows. This will create a cosy, contemporary living room full of spring touches! Bring in pops of pastel or pick fresh flowers for a vibrant touch.

    Prepare for summer with vibrant throw pillows, light curtains and outdoor arrangements like a patio set with a bar cart for entertaining. Embrace the rich colours of autumn with textured cushions, luxurious rugs and cosy throws. Then, as Christmas approaches, decorations around the fire or a staircase draped in fresh garland can add a seasonal touch.

    In conclusion, creating a cosy living room is all about personal touches and comfort. If you’re looking for the perfect home to bring these ideas to life, consider our one, two and three-bed homes in Central Manchester. With modern design and inviting spaces, these homes are the ideal setting for a living room that’s both stylish and snug. Discover your dream space at Victoria Riverside, where every home is a canvas for your cosy living room aspirations.

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