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, while keeping the walls and flooring light will make the room feel bigger. Use rich pops of colour in furniture and accessories to add interest and create a cosy corner for an easy chair or sofa with a feature wall painted in an eye-catching shade, like 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.