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Cosy living room ideas: our top flooring picks

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When it comes to creating a cosy living room, there are lots of style tricks to help you, from choosing the right type of flooring to being clever with colour and accessories. Whatever the size of your room or style of your home, we’ve got lots of great ideas and tips. Read on for our best cosy living room ideas.

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How to make a cosy living room


Whether you prefer a warm and inviting den or a sleek elegant space, there are lots of clever ways to cosy up a living room, using colour, furniture and accessories. Dark colours will warm up a space or keep walls and flooring light to make the room feel bigger and use rich pops of colour in furniture and accessories. Add interest and create a cosy corner for an easy chair or sofa with a feature wall painted in an eye-catching shade, try textured blue or charcoal grey.

Pile sofas and armchairs with tactile cushions – velvet, fur and wool work particularly well. Add touches of warm wood tones in picture frames, mirror surrounds and lamp bases. Stack an open fireplace with wooden logs.

Keep lighting soft and diffused with dimmer switches, use pretty lamps to illuminate cosy corners and make a feature of easy chairs and bookcases. Add warmth with candles but remember, never leave a burning candle unattended.

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What flooring works well for a cosy living room?


Carpet is the ultimate flooring choice for a warm and cosy living room. Soft underfoot and easy to maintain, it creates a very inviting space and reduces noise. Carpet makes the room look and feel warmer, providing insulation and saving energy. Use pattern to create a warm and inviting space or keep it minimal and elegant with a neutral shade.

Hardwood floors are also very popular in modern living rooms, warm up the look with deep pile rugs or fluffy mats. Remember, laminate and vinyl are warmer alternatives to wood and feel softer underfoot. Both require minimal maintenance, are durable and long-lasting and, installed properly and well cared for, will last for decades

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Cosy living room ideas: choosing colour


Pastels in warm shades of light-coloured tones will make small rooms feel larger – try pale blue, dove grey, dusky lilacs or a palette of neutral tones and apply to walls and flooring. Keep floors clutter free and use clever furniture options to maximise storage, choose white or blonde wood to continue the theme. Introduce pattern and accents of darker colours in cushions, curtains and accessories to liven up the look and stop it becoming too ‘beige’.

Warm up a large space with a deep dramatic wall colour, aubergine, stone grey and navy blue are all very fashionable right now and feel very autumnal. Alternatively, make it feel like summer year-round with a sunny yellow or deep mustard.

Be bold with colour and really make a statement with a red carpet. Or contrast light and dark with richly coloured walls and light flooring for a modern, sophisticated look.

Use dark rich tones on walls and flooring to make a room feel cosy