Although having a large living room is great in lots of ways, it can be prone to feeling more than a little cold and uninviting, especially during the colder months of the year.
If this is the case for you and your large living room, then don’t worry. There are several stylish and practical ways that you can make your living room feel warm, welcoming and cozy, both for you and your guests.
From painting two-tone walls to defining zones with furniture to creating a reading nook, keep reading to discover five foolproof ways to make your living room feel cozy all year round.
Use an L-shaped sofa
Whether you want to fill up a large space or create two separate seating areas, nothing quite says comfort like a large and luxurious L-shaped sofa. Alternatively, for even more versatility, why not opt for a modular sofa that can be used to create lots of different shapes depending on the type of atmosphere you are trying to create?
Available in a wide range of different styles and colors, modular sofas are suited to both contemporary and traditional style properties.
Paint two-tone walls
Although fresh white walls can make your living room feel light and airy, they do also have the ability to create coldness in a large space. Counteract this by painting a darker shade part of the way up your walls, which has the effect of making the ceiling feel lower and, therefore, the space cozier.
Don’t be afraid to go really dark and use shades such as midnight blue and charcoal grey, which, with the right lighting, will create a real sense of warmth in even the coldest living room.
Create a reading nook
If you have more than one corner that remains unfilled in your living room, this can contribute to feelings of bareness which will make the room appear colder. Avoid this by making use of these wasted spaces with the creation of a second seating area or reading nook.
You could also use this space to create a small home office or even a bar area for entertaining your guests.
Opt for taller furniture
For large living rooms that boast high ceilings, you should aim to add taller pieces of furniture where possible to help balance out the room. Opt for a tall bookcase, taller accessories such as house plants and lamps, and even taller backs on your chairs.
It can also be useful to hang paintings or pictures on different height levels on your walls to stop this vertical space from appearing too sparse.
Be creative with lighting
Arguably the simplest and most effective way to transform a room from cold to cozy is by adding the right types of lighting to your living room, which will instantly add warmth. If you only have one overhead ceiling light in your living room at the moment, then you most definitely need to add more light with lamps.
For maximum results, opt for between 2-3 different types or sizes of lamps, such as floor and table lamps, and make sure that they are placed in key areas of the room where you can get the most out of them.