Rainy days and cold weather mean you'll probably be spending a good amount of time indoors this season. Whether you're parking it on the couch to watch a TV show marathon, you're spending some time doing autumn crafts or you're snuggling in your bathrobe to read a good book, there's no denying the appeal of a cozy, warm space to unwind in. The living room is the perfect spot to engage in these activities and entertain friends and family, so you want it to be a comfortable room. Here are some ways you can turn your living room into a cozy escape.
Repaint the walls
If it's been a while since you've done a true living room makeover, now might be a great time to repaint the walls. There are several options that can help contribute to a feeling of coziness. First, you could go with a warm, dark color like brown or maroon. These help make the room seem slightly smaller and more intimate, and they add a moody atmosphere. You could also go with a medium neutral like gray or taupe for a relaxing, comforting feel. Finally, The Nest recommended choosing a bold, vibrant color for the walls and adding contrasting colors in your accessories for a lived-in look.
Swap coffee tables for ottomans
Forbes magazine recommended adding to the cozy vibe by exchanging your coffee table for a large ottoman. Having too much space in between the seating and coffee table can make the room seem empty, but having an ottoman close-by pushes everything together. A big, plush option will add softness to the room, and you'll still be able to put your usual coffee table accessories on it. Use a large tray to corral items like magazines, books and candles.
Stock up on blankets, throws and quilts
Adding throw blankets to a room is one of the easiest ways to make it feel warmer and cozier. Look for neutral colors in interesting textures that will add to the room's design. A few different textures will be more visually appealing, so take your time feeling your options before deciding on the perfect ones for your space. Once you've picked out the winners, place them folded on the backs of chairs or sofas so they're within easy reach.
Fill up the walls
Bare walls can make a room seem empty, and that's not what you're going for here. Forbes noted that a comfortable seating area will likely be grouped together, leaving a lot of space around the edges of the room. Fill these up with console tables, benches and a display of frames. You'll get to showcase your taste in artwork while making the space look more personal.
Go for softer sofas
Big, plush sofas are the best contributions you can make to a cozy room. If a sofa looks like you'd want to curl up and take a nap on it, it's probably going to fit right in. Look for overstuffed cushions and pillows with fabrics that can take some wear and tear. After all, you'll be lounging in this room a lot!
Wherever there's a place to sit, there should be soft, downy pillows to snuggle with, according to Country Living magazine. Layer your benches, chairs and sofas with a variety of pillows that are different materials, colors and textures to create some visually appealing contrast. Don't be afraid to play with patterns, too. Bold florals or large prints work in a surprising number of ways and can complement more fabrics than you'd think.
Go with lamps
Overhead lighting isn't the best idea for a cozy living room. For a softer, more intimate look, Decoholic suggested using a few lamps. Place them on side tables surrounding the sofas or in a corner to offer some illumination without being too bright. Darker shades can add a moody effect that would work well when you're watching a movie or chatting with friends.
Use long, thick curtains
Decoholic also recommended using long, thick window treatments instead of sheer curtains or valances, which look too crisp and airy for a cozy room. Go with dark, thick fabrics for fall and winter, and make sure they're tailored to fit so they don't look unkempt.
Mix old and new
House Beautiful magazine noted that mixing old pieces with newer ones is a good way to create a relaxed, comforting balance in your living room. It shows guests that you're not too set on one style, which gives off a fluid vibe that any well-lived-in space exudes. A couple of quirky vintage pieces will add personality to sleek, modern furniture, and vice versa. Don't hesitate to experiment with the styles of different eras in your living room.