‘Cozy’ is in the eye of the beholder – while some might want a super masculine space with minimal lighting to sink into, others prefer a comfortable cocoon of seating in an otherwise bright space. No matter your style, the keys to a relaxed, inviting room are super soft upholstered furniture, ample throw pillows, and plush area rugs.
Throw in a thoughtful color palette that errs on the side of neutral and curtains that allow you to control how much natural light makes its way into the space, and you have the makings for a relaxing haven perfect for binge watching the latest season of your favorite show.
Nothing says ‘cozy’ quite like a massive fireplace, and this stone number hits it out of the park. When paired with knotty pine floors, leather furniture, and a plush rug, the room beseeches you to sit by the fire.
A rich mix of charcoal, gray and black coupled with thick shades and curtains and plenty of throw pillows make this the perfect living room to cuddle in.
Bright and Inviting
Proof that cozy living rooms don’t have to be dark caves, this space mixes plenty of textiles and furniture positioned close together to create a comfortable feel, while the yellow, green and white color palette keeps the room cheerful.
Rather than choosing a dedicated accent color, combine a rich mix of everyone’s favorite neutrals: black, white, taupe, and wood tones. Arranging seating so it faces each other rather than circling it around the television turns this big room into a space that begs for conversation.
Thick Rugs, Airy Curtains
A long, narrow living room avoids feeling like a hallway with a massive area rug to focus the furniture around and semi-sheer linen curtains to balance the stone accent wall.
Managing Tall Ceilings
Just because a room feels as if it reaches the sky doesn’t mean you can’t get a cozy feel. Wood paneling on the ceiling and closely positioned furniture brings everything in to create a comfortable oasis in a massive space.
Warm it Up
Butterscotch walls instantly make this room feel snuggly, while positioning furniture so it faces the stunning fireplace and loading up sofas with squishy throw pillows makes this space perfect for hot chocolate and a good book.
Warming Up Gray
Soft gray tones can feel cold rather than cozy, but the peek of warm wood, ample use of throw pillows, and shaggy rug soften things up.
Tempering White Furniture
A bright white sofa often screams cold modern, but the use of plush gray rugs, throw pillows, and an upholstered ottoman in place of a hard coffee table relaxes the room.
A Den-Like Feel
A range of coffee shades, from the too-much-creamer deep beige on the walls and in the rug to the rich espresso color of the couch, make this space ready to sink in to – especially with the roaring fire.
When it’s Just ‘Too’ Big
No one would argue the benefits of a huge living room, but when you’re going for the relaxed look the magnitude often overwhelms. A rich wall shade, oversized area rug, and plenty of ambient lighting help to moderate the size of the room so it doesn’t seem overly vast.
Small Space, Big Furniture
Small spaces don’t require small pieces. Here, an oversized couch, massive blocky coffee table, and thick curtains make this moderately sized living room feel like a well-designed cocoon.
Perfecting the Sectional
Sectionals are popular (for good reason) but they veer toward throwing off the proportions of a room. Yet here, the sectional curves graceful to frame the fireplace on the opposite wall, creating a sanctuary in a large room done up in rich shades of brown and cream.
Getting Away with Colorful Walls
A bold paint choice doesn’t have to mean trendy. Get the comfort of a traditional design with stained coffered ceilings and slipcovered furniture, all while playing with your color of choice (even if it’s a brightened moss green).
Toning Down Massive Windows
It’s hard not to love the epic view, but near floor to ceiling windows don’t scream “snuggle under a blanket and catch up on your favorite show.” However, a sofa that looks as if it’s constructed entirely of massive pillows facing away from said view creates exactly that atmosphere.
There are benefits to a perfect set of matching furniture, but the curated pieces here fill the large room with loads of visual interest. Use paint colors to tie everything together.
Designing Around Vaulted Ceilings
Create a room within a room and add a little restraint to show-stopping ceilings with plenty of seating and a gorgeous stone face on the fireplace.
The TV Can Be the Star
Elaborate coffered ceilings pair beautifully with a massive sectional positioned to face a television. Curl up with one of the huge throw pillows and watch a favorite movie.
Light and Bright
A living room can be two things at once: bright and cozy. The extra deep couch cushions and layered curtains keep the space from getting away from itself, creating the perfect afternoon nap spot.
Best of Both Worlds
Bright gold paint and white floors juxtapose beautifully with plush tobacco leather sofas. An area rug softens things up, while the furniture layout closes off the usable space in the room so that it feels more homey.
Maximizing Useable Space
Positioning furniture in the corner of a room creates a nest-like effect that allows you to keep the fabrics and paint light. Darker wood furniture acts as an anchor, but choosing a style with open bases prevents the space from feeling crowded.
Crafting Rooms Within Rooms
Setting up separate seating areas, one near a fireplace and the other facing the (presumed) television, make this relatively large living room feel not only snugger, but more useable as well. A show-stopping rug bridges the two spaces so the look is still unified.
Furniture You Can Sink Into
Caramel leather sofas, chairs, and ottomans look ready to sink into, and the warm color palette in the rest of the room acts as an invitation to do just that.
Loving a Love Seat
Sometimes, a living room just can’t handle a traditional sofa. But this slipcovered beauty fits in perfectly with warm woods and built-ins, and despite its size, the throw pillows and blankets make it look ultra welcoming.