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From the wall colors and flooring materials, to seating and window treatments, there are so many elements to consider when designing a soothing cozy room, not to mention fabrics and finishing touches. To create the ultimate soothing space it’s important to consider how these elements work together, not just in terms of how they make the room look, but how it feels, too. ‘Making a living room feel cozy is about the whole persona of the space and the energy it offers in the form of scent, touch, light, and sound, making a living room feel cozy,’ explains interior designer Julia Dempster. 'Flexibility is key – eclectic furniture and keynote accessories not only make your home more welcoming, they're a great way to express your personality,' Sam Baldry, head of design at Swoon (opens in new tab).

So, if you're looking for living room ideas (opens in new tab) that will make your space more inviting, more cocooning and more cosseting, you've come to the right place. Many people shy away from using dark living room color ideas, but they can be a great way to create a cozy atmosphere.

'Using deep, dark shades in living spaces creates a dramatic, intimate and cocooning feel,' explains Ruth Mottershead, creative director at Little Greene (opens in new tab). Dark steely greys and blues are particularly popular and work well with warm accent colors such as mustard and terracotta. Alternatively, warmer shades such as brown are beginning to find favor amongst those looking to decorate with the soothing earthy hues. 'Adding a fireplace, bookcase, throws and toss pillows in a mix of textures also contributes to the coziness creating ambiance.'

'Floor and wall lamps are a great alternative to having the main lighting switched on as they often add a warming glow that's ideal for those cosy evenings.' For the ultimate in comfort you can't go wrong with a deep, loose-cushioned design perfect for sinking into, not forgetting plenty of scatter cushions.

This chunky corner living room sofa was made bespoke by Dunning & Everard and is covered in a soft, textured GP&J Baker fabric. When it comes to living room flooring, nothing beats fitted carpet or a deep pile rug for adding coziness. As well as offering a luxurious, soft layer to sink your feet into after a long day, carpets also help insulate rooms and deaden sound, too, bringing a sense of calm and tranquility.

As living rooms are busy spaces with high footfall it's important to choose a carpet material that's hardwearing. 'Wool-rich carpets are known for their quality because they are highly durable, which helps maintain their appearance,' explains Jodie Hatton, residential design manager at Brintons (opens in new tab). The natural oils in the sheep fleece also make them extremely easy to maintain as it prevents direct dirt from sticking to the fibre,' adds Jodie Hatton.

With its high back, exaggerated curves and fleecy fabric, this armchair offers the ultimate in comfort while the dark wood, deep green walls and drapes and metallic touches all add to the warmth and intimacy of the space. 'The high impact texture of this boucle armchair sets off the sleek walnut shelving and the contemporary striped rug in this quiet reading nook,' say the team at Albion Nord.

Decorating with an assortment of delicately patterned fabrics in a mix of scales and colors is a wonderful way to create a relaxed atmosphere in a living room. In this cozy space, fabric designer Vanessa Arbuthnott (opens in new tab) has furnished with an array of seating styles in a warm mix of orange Shibori and Lime Pretty Maids fabrics to create a space full of color and character, while the ottoman is covered in a hand woven Welsh textile brings additional texture. In this black living room by interior designer David Frazier has achieved maximum coziness by painting the walls, ceiling and millwork in a warm black and furnishing with velvet club chairs, however it's the finishing touches that make all the difference, he explains. There's no need to redesign a room to create a cozy space, simply adding in a few carefully chosen homewares and accessories in warm spice tones are all you need to style it up ready for the colder months.

Interior designer Nicky Dobree (opens in new tab) recommends using plenty of lamps to cast a soft, warm light across the room at a lower level. ‘We’re seeing a lot more terracotta, clay and rust colors coming through,’ says Charlie Marshall, founder of Loaf (opens in new tab), which has introduced ten new fabrics in edible shades, such as Caramel, Pinky Peanut and Praline.

These tones are ideally suited in a country setting, and can be softened with neutral off-white living room paint ideas as a backdrop.

'Velvet decor is a relatively new trend that’s gaining traction on sofas, and a great way to fast track a bit of luxury into your living room. Look for the softest wool throws in chunky and rib knits and faux fur cushions,’ says Sam Hood, creative director of Amara (opens in new tab). A centrally located coffee table is ideal for hosting drinks and reading material, but it shouldn’t be an obstacle or make sofa access tricky.

'Avoid anything too on-trend, as you may find that you tire of it quickly and it will need to be replaced,' – like the classic furniture choices in this gray living room (opens in new tab). Avoid anything too gimmicky and don’t try to match everything,’ says Tim Walters, managing director of George Spencer Designs (opens in new tab). ‘The most relaxing homes should be a reflection of who we are, evolving and growing with us over time to create a natural form of layering in design and color,’ adds Tim. Adding comfort in a way blinds never can, drapes can be used to dress even the smallest of windows, and will help keep the heat inside in the process.

Even if your window is small or awkwardly placed, as in this country cottage, a thickly lined curtain can add color and warmth. Here, Sanderson (opens in new tab) has used a single outsized curtain to make the small offset window appear bigger.

‘Generous curtains in earthy tones create the perfect backdrop for cozy nights by the fireplace,’ says Rebecca Craig, lead designer at Sanderson. Woodburning stoves also come with the ability to regulate the heat and can be left (provided they are well maintained) without constant supervision, making it a relatively low maintenance option, too. Echoing the direction of the walls, a sectional, corner, modular or curved sofa that is configured to wrap around a room will will add a cosseting feel to a living space. Introduce an ottoman instead of a coffee table, drapes and curtains instead of shutters, and rugs and carpet instead of hard flooring. 'While white shutters will always appeal,' says Mark Lucas, designer at Hillarys (opens in new tab), 'we're seeing an increasing trend towards colored and stained wood'.

Cozy living room with dark walls, fireplace and mustard yellow accents
Cozy living room with dark walls, fireplace and mustard yellow accents
Living room by Aspen & Ivy with cozy seating, fireplace and rug
Living room by Aspen & Ivy with cozy seating, fireplace and rug
Cozy living room with wall lights and table lamp
Cozy living room with wall lights and table lamp
Blue country living room with a beige corner sofa
Blue country living room with a beige corner sofa
Cozy living room with fireplace
Cozy living room with fireplace
striped rug, fluffy textured cream armchair
striped rug, fluffy textured cream armchair
Cozy living room with furniture in Vanessa Arbuthnott fabrics
Cozy living room with furniture in Vanessa Arbuthnott fabrics
Cozy living room with black walls and velvet armchairs
Cozy living room with black walls and velvet armchairs
Living room with dusky pink walls, armchair, table lamp and candles
Living room with dusky pink walls, armchair, table lamp and candles
Cozy living room ideas in a traditional scheme with table lamps
Cozy living room ideas in a traditional scheme with table lamps
Loaf illustrate cozy living room ideas with a orange sofas in a neutral color scheme.
Loaf illustrate cozy living room ideas with a orange sofas in a neutral color scheme.
A dark teal cozy living room idea with gray soft furnishings and natural wood textures.
A dark teal cozy living room idea with gray soft furnishings and natural wood textures.
A neutral Neptune living room in a period property with exposed beams and alcove fireplace.
A neutral Neptune living room in a period property with exposed beams and alcove fireplace.
A gray living room with gray sofa, blue drapes and pair of blue armchairs around a wooden coffee table.
A gray living room with gray sofa, blue drapes and pair of blue armchairs around a wooden coffee table.
George Spencer designs illustrating cozy living room ideas in a dark gray scheme with red gingham sofa and chairs and blue rug.
George Spencer designs illustrating cozy living room ideas in a dark gray scheme with red gingham sofa and chairs and blue rug.
Green Sanderson drapes and striped sofa illustrate cozy living room ideas in a small cottage space.
Green Sanderson drapes and striped sofa illustrate cozy living room ideas in a small cottage space.
A woodburning stove in an oak timbered cozy living room idea with neutral decor.
A woodburning stove in an oak timbered cozy living room idea with neutral decor.
Cozy living room ideas from John Lewis featuring a colorful patterned scheme with pink and blue velvet seating, wallpaper and rugs.
Cozy living room ideas from John Lewis featuring a colorful patterned scheme with pink and blue velvet seating, wallpaper and rugs.
A cozy living room idea with neutral furniture and pale blue accents.
A cozy living room idea with neutral furniture and pale blue accents.

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