Guest Post | 6 Tips to make your living room cosy

6 Tips to Make Your Living Room Cosy

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There are not many things in the home that spring to mind as being more important than creating a warm, cosy living room for friends and family to enjoy. Even when we have splashed out a new sofa or a wooden coffee table sometimes we may feel something is not ‘quite right’. With some careful thought, getting that cosy space is just around the corner. Here are a few things that have worked for me that you may want to try.

1. Add some texture

Bare walls and clean lines can create a stark environment. I love breaking this up by introducing linens, cotton and lightly stained wood. A rug can be a great addition to a living room especially if you have a wooden floor. If you go for a rug, stick to neutral tones. This will make sure there isn’t a clash. Woven materials work really well.
Also, no living room is complete without a scattering of cushions and a throw. A couple of throws can be better than one as cosiness is better experienced together than alone.

2. Abandon the hard edges

For a super cosy living room, try and move away from sharp corners and angular furniture. The more curves we have in a room the more it feels like a nice warm hug.
We can get curves from the arms of the sofa or small tables. If you don’t have room for a table, then cushions come into their own. Scatter them around the room, pile them high and you’ll have curves galore.

3. Include your personal touches

It’s your personality that makes a room cosy. Display photographs of the family and friends. It’s often worthwhile picking up some beautiful frames to show off these special people and moments in your life. Displaying small keepsakes you have collected from travels around the world also works to create a cosy space. Printed canvas wall art can be a great way to bring colour and texture into a room and bring it to life.

4. Bring the outside in

When we bring plants into any room, then we bring life into a room. Plants are living things that interact with our body, mind and home in ways that enhance our lives.
Plants are great for purifying the air, improving our health and creating a space that feels welcoming and stress-free.

5. Attack your stacks

Stacks of bills, small mounds of paperwork and other bits of stressful life are equally stressful to see. Attacking your stacks will instantly add some gold stars to the relaxed, cosiness of your living room.

6. Get lighting right

When choosing lighting in the living room, I opt for warm white or soft white light bulbs to create a warm, cosy light. Turning off the overhead lights can stop bright glare which makes you feel alert and awake. To get around this you can layer your lighting with different light sources to create an inviting setting. Having accent lights can help set the scene with a softer, more diffused light. Using lamps will create focal points on side tables. This will help draw your eye around the space to those inviting corners.
I love having some well-placed candles to create that cosy night in vibe and fill the room with beautiful scents. A little luxury goes along way!

6 Tips to Make Your Living Room Cosy – final thoughts

And these are my top tips for creating a cosy living room. I’d love to hear what your tips and tricks are
for creating your living room. Please leave them in the comments below.

About the author

Amy Crossland is the founder of – hand-poured soy candles UK. She is passionate about beautiful homes, healthy products in the home and all things cosy.

34 thoughts on “Guest Post | 6 Tips to make your living room cosy

  1. I love this! These are some great suggestions. My husband and I will hopefully be buying a house this year, so it’s our first chance to go wild with decor. I love the idea of adding texture to a room to make it cozier. And I never thought about using curved lines! That’s so clever. Thanks for these wonderful suggestions.

    1. Hey, thank’s for reading my post and leaving a comment. Good luck with your house hunt; it’s been a while since I bought a new home but you never forget the excitement of having a blank canvas. Go wild and be bold 🙂

  2. These are great tips! Our living rooms should always be a cosy and welcoming place 🙂 I like having lots of cushions scattered around, as well as blankets and candles for those relaxing evenings in front of the TV. Thanks for sharing your suggestions, you make such a good point about stacks and decluttering, a tidy home is much more calming and pleasant <3 xx

    Bexa |

    1. Sounds divine, Molly. I’m here with a candle, cushion and a mug of tea. It’s certainly helping take my mind off some of the worries going on in the world today. Thanks for reading my post.

    2. Sounds amazing. In the UK, we’ve definitely got cold, brisk days and cold nights. Perfect sofa conditions for nights in with the family.

  3. I love all these tips. I live in a rented house and have struggled to make it cosy and homely but I think I am getting there.

    1. Thank you so much. Great blog by the way. You cover all the food groups I love. Vegan brownies, yum!

  4. I personally won’t bring outside in due to allergies, but great list~ I would like to add on to the list to have soft furniture and cushions. Basically, comfy stuff to sleep in. 🙂

    1. What is cosy for one person, isn’t cosy for the next. However, I think we can all agree that comfy stuff to sleep in is a universal human truth 🙂

  5. Great tips, loved reading them. We moved in to a new house last year and I finally have time to make my house more cosy! I already added plenty of cushions as that is one of the essentials for me when I want a cosy place. And blankets. 🙂

  6. These are great tips. I’m hopefully moving into my own house this summer and these tips are perfect. I love a good throw as well and a fur rug at least on a wood floor in winter!

  7. Great tips. You and Marie Kondo are definitely right, get rid of the clutter to get rid of the stress!

  8. I’m really loving these great suggestions! I have a few crochet pillow I plan on whipping up to add some texture! Thanks!

  9. Some fantastic tips there, I’ve always looked at my living room and think it needs abit of fresh of life, after looking at this you have given me some fantastic tips and tricks.

    A great read indeed 😁

  10. Love this post! I’m currently redoing my living room so these tips will come in handy! I’ll definitely incorporate these in to my interior design plans; though I think I’ll have to opt for fake plants in the room cause I can’t keep a real one alive no matter how hard I try 😭

  11. This was a really useful post! I’m moving into my new house on Saturday and I’m hoping to make my house super cosy x

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