Unless you have a small space, try to avoid placing your seating arrangements along the walls. Instead, pull your couches, chairs and ottomans toward the center of the room to create a seating arrangement that's conversation friendly. Select a focal point in the room as a guide for furniture placement and use a rug to add a visual boundary. If you need help with placing your furniture, try space-planning software, such as planyourroom.com, to experiment until you find an arrangement you love.
Though lighting is often overlooked when it comes to home decoration, it can easily take a room to the next level! To create a warm and comfortable room, be sure to layer artificial lighting throughout your space. Start with a great ceiling fixture that compliments the rest of the room's decor. Select decorative table lamps to light up dark corners, and use spotlights to highlight art and accessories. Finally, give your room a glow by lighting some decorative candles.
1. Home Depot: Clayton Collection, 2-Light Semi-flush mount ($137), 2. Pier 1 Importers: Spicy Birch Pillars ($10 - $12), 3. Ikea: Radium Spotlight System ($40), 4. ZGallery: Mariposa Table Lamp, Gallery Black ($149)
To create a cozy living room, use plenty of textiles with various patterns and textures. Textiles work especially well to soften rooms with hard surfaces, such as wood flooring. But don't ignore their importance just because your room is carpeted. A good combination of fluffy pillows, upholstered furniture, velvet drapes, chenille throws and plush rugs will create a comfortable room the entire family will enjoy!
Avoid creating a space that's too formal or too fragile. For a space to feel cozy, it needs feel lived in. Create a gallery arrangement with family photos, fill bookshelves with books you love to read and accessorize with unique objects that make you happy. You can also use storage bins to hold items your family uses often, such as games and toys. This allows you to keep things close at hand, even if they don't fall within your design scheme.
The words cozy and comfort go hand-in-hand, so go all out to make the space comfortable. Choose sofas and chairs like Goldilocks -- meaning not too hard, not too soft, but just right! Create a place to kick up your feet by bringing in floor cushions, ottomans, poufs or even a comfy chaise lounge. Then top things off with pillows and throws to create a comfy place to watch a movie, read a good book or curl up for an afternoon nap.
1. Ikea: Kivik Sofa/Chaise Lounge, Dansbo Beige ($848), 2. West Elm: Cozy Pillow Cover, Ivory & palegray ($34), 3. Ikea: Stockholm Easy Chair, Blad Brown ($299), 4. Crate & Barrel: Hailey Throw, Navy ($90)
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