Passionate home interior decorator and Kuldea Co-Founder, Deirdre Mc Gettrick, share her Cosy winter design ideas for your Living Room. As the Northern Hemisphere lives through one of the coldest Winters on record this article should provide you with some inspiration that’ll get you through.
There’s nothing like settling in for a warm night with a hot drink under layers of fluffy blankets. Since we all enjoy any excuse to hibernate for the winter, curating a cosy living room design scheme is the best way to make the most of the moment. When it comes to cosy living room decor, it’s all about embracing the hygge of your environment – think warm layers and textures, a rich colour palette, glowy lighting and well-considered spacing of furniture. It’ll help you get snuggled up by the fire with a good read in no time!
Own Your Space
Winter is one of the only times of year when, in terms of space, less is more. Nothing says “cosy” like a small space filled with comfy furniture and subtle lighting. Even if you’re dealing with a larger space, tricking the eye with the right arrangement of pieces in your living room is simple.
For already smaller spaces, the idea is to work your living room furniture around a season-friendly focal point in your room, such as a fireplace and mantle or wooden chest of drawers to sit under the TV. In spacious rooms, the height of your accessories can make all the difference. Try adding a tall bookcase next to an armchair for a cosy reading corner or a vertical shelving unit to house blankets and holiday knick knacks to create the illusion of a more compact space.
Pay Attention to Colour and Texture
One of the most sure-fire ways to make or break a visually pleasing, cosy atmosphere is with the colours and materials you choose to decorate with. While summer schemes are all about fresh colours and light materials, winter living room designs call for pops of warmth and enough layering of rugs and throws to minimize empty space.
The great part about layering and colour palettes for a cosy winter room is that it’s perfectly acceptable to go a little crazy mixing and matching. Add pops of colour to neutral sofas and chairs by draping them with richly coloured woven blankets and warm coloured cushions – you shouldn’t be afraid to pair complementary colours together. Don’t forget to add a little faux fur, whether it be in the form of a rectangular floor rug or a throw for the ottoman – nothing says “snuggle up with a cup of hot cocoa” quite like a little faux fur adornment.
All of that said, be sure not to overdo it with the warm seasonal colour scheme – there’s a very fine line between cosy and cluttered, and this can be avoided by introducing end tables, chests of drawers and shelving in neutral greys, cremes and reclaimed wood.
Lighting is Everything
The easiest way to keep a room cosy from day to night is to fine tune your lighting scheme. Winter themes are all about ambiance and softness, and these qualities can be achieved with a good mixture of lamps around the room. Pairing an armchair or recliner with a floor lamp creates the perfect solo lounge nook, while a couple table lamps spread around a sectional can add warmth to a communal setting. You can and should use lampshades to play up your colour scheme. Go with something patterned to break up solid throw pillows and blankets or stick with the classics if you want to keep it simple.
For some extra-cosy lighting during movie time, strategically place candles around the room, on mantles or shelving. Throw in some gold or silver speckled votives for a truly seasonal feel.