Autumn is well and truly here, meaning that winter won’t be far behind. After months spending more time than ever indoors, and with potentially more measure introduced to reduce the time we spend outside the home, many people are looking to make their living room a cosy and relaxing haven for the cold seasons ahead. Whether you want to make your room warmer, more relaxing or simply refresh it in time for Christmas, here are 5 ways you can create a cosy living room.
Keep The Warmth In
It’s crucial that you make sure your living room is well-insulated for the cold months ahead. Windows are the biggest culprit when it comes to heat loss in the home and if they’re draughty and old, then you’re likely to have noticed the coldness that they cause in the home over winter. Well-fitting blinds and curtains are a great way to keep a barrier between the windows and your living room and are a great way to refresh your living room. Bespoke blinds, which are fitted to the inside of your window frame, are the best blinds for draughty windows, as they help to keep the cold out.
Use A Bold Colour Palette
If you have the time and budget, it might be worth adding a fresh lick of paint to your living room. Rich and deep colours are a highly effective way to create a warm and snug room, with dark charcoal, deep greens and luxurious navy working particularly well. Wooden furniture works well in contrast with darker colours and creates a look which is both industrial and mid-century modern, which are both on-trend at the moment.
Create A Soft Glow
With less daylight in the winter months, it is important that there is enough light in your living room, but is light which is soft and calming. Aim for soft background lighting by using things such as candles, dimmable lights or even a woodburning stove. The glow is both soothing and relaxing, especially for those dark winter evenings.
Use Textures and Layers
There’s nothing quite as inviting on a cold autumn or winter evening as a soft, warm blanket to get snuggled under. Add some chunky knitted or soft fabric throws to your living room and look at adding some big, comfy cushions to lounge on, too. The key to creating both a warm and luxurious feel is layers, so don’t be afraid of adding a mixture of different colours, fabrics and textures! You could replace light summer curtains with thicker and warmer winter ones, or switch up your rug. Rather than altering the whole of your living room, just a few changes here and there to the textures in the room will really refresh it.
Add Some Metallic Tones
Copper and brass are huge interior trends this year and work really well with the natural colours of autumn. They also work well with a lot of colour schemes, such as grey, navy and green. If you want to add some warmth and style to your living room, then choosing copper and brass accessories is a great idea.
Small highlights, such as tealight or candle holders, picture frames and ornaments are easy and budget-friendly, but if you want to go a step further, why not consider changing your light and electricity switched to a copper metal-based option instead, or look at introducing a focal light or lamp shade? There are so many ways you can add copper or brass into your living room to suit your budget and decor already!