For many of us, the cold winter months means spending a lot more time at home. Whether that translates into you hosting friends for dinner and cocktails a lot more, having tons of game and movie nights with your kids or snuggling up with a good book and blanket on the couch every night, one thing is certain: Your home needs to feel cozy and inviting, and be a welcome respite from the chilly temperatures outside.
Keep a festive mood beyond the holidays by making your living room a place you’ll look forward to unwinding in throughout the winter months with our ideas below.
While we love the sophisticated, clean look wood look tile and other flooring options create in a living room, they can be cooler on your feet. Rugs are the perfect way to make wood floors warm and welcoming without minimizing their appeal or style.
For the winter months, place a fluffy area rug on your floor to add warmth to your living room. To add even more coziness, toss a sheepskin rug over an ottoman or reading chair.
Cozy throws or blankets are a must for comfort and warmth any time of the year. For the winter months, oversized, woven blankets are the perfect choice.
The right lighting can make or break the ambience of a room. To create a cozy atmosphere during the winter, it’s best to maximize natural lighting as much as possible.
When you do need to use artificial lighting, especially as the sun begins to set for the day, go for soft, warm-hued lighting in lieu of bright light bulbs. When possible, leave overhead lights off and use table and floor lamps instead to give your space a warm glow.
Incorporate pops of warm, cheery colors into your living room with patterned or bright colored pillows. Yellow, orange, turquoise, spring green and other uplifting colors are perfect options. Feel free to get creative with other colorful décor, such as art, framed pictures and flowers.
Make the Fireplace a Focal Point
If you have a fireplace, arrange your furniture so that the fireplace becomes the center of the room. By bringing tables, chairs and sofas closer to the fireplace (and arranging them so they face it), you create a truly inviting and cozy spot, both for entertaining and for spending relaxing time alone.
Of course, going one step further and using your fireplace will make for the ultimate magazine-worthy cozy winter setting!
While décor plays a huge role in creating the look and feel of a room, don’t forget about the impact scents can have. Placing a bowl of potpourri with wintry aromas, such as cinnamon or pine, will instantly give your living room a cozy atmosphere. Scented candles will have a similar effect, while also creating the perfect mood lighting for evenings.