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Cosy living room ideas: Snuggle up with these design trends

Ever wanted to build your own home cocoon – a place you can unwind and shut out the world for an evening? Our living rooms are the hubs of our home; the call of a comfy couch, a mug of hot chocolate, and the perfect ambience familiar to everyone who has to put up with the UK's terrible weather. So, keep scrolling for our top tips on transforming your lounge with slumber-worthy interiors.

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Find your inspiration with these cosy living room ideas

Flicking through an album of cosy living room ideas is a great way to work out what textures, colours, and compositions you like. That’s why we’ve put together our favourite design trends to inspire you to create your own unique, welcoming, and homely space.

So, if you want to transform your living room into the perfect snug, keep reading for a dash of inspiration and spoonful of interior design ideas.

Cosy living room ideas: Hello, hygge haven

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Warm knitwear, throws, cushions and muted tones are an easy way to inject some warmth into your living room. It’s all about the comfort and cosiness, which is what the Danish concept of hygge (pron. ‘hoo-guh’ – trust us) seeks to embody.

Your colour scheme is yours to choose, but this medium wood, dusty blue, pink and grey combo is a surefire winner. Keep it light and simple to avoid overwhelming the room, and throw in a fluffy rug and clashing blanket to keep it welcoming yet stylish.

Top tip: Bookshelves are also a great way to inject some warmth into your lounge. Who doesn’t want to snuggle up on a cold winter’s night with a good book and some delicious hot chocolate?

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Small living room ideas: Cosy and compact

Small and cosy living room ideas

If you’re working with a smaller living room, the trick is to create interest without taking up too much space.

For example, this gorgeous design injects some contemporary chevron art and a geometric lampshade. The art gently matches the cushions, while the cream furniture and sheer curtains help open up the space.

A small area rug works well here too, as does the large potted plant and a small coffee table that sits at an angle to the sofa. Finally, a large fluffy throw finishes the look and creates a picture perfect welcome for your evening downtime.

Top tip: For smaller spaces, consider neutral yet bright decor. Include lots of clashing textures and light-reflecting materials. On the contrary, for larger spaces, consider some bolder choices such as bright prints and distinct florals.

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Cosy lounge ideas: Bold motifs for a personal touch

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Who says cosy living rooms need to be neutral? If you like to step out of the box (far, far, out), consider covering an accent wall with loud and proud wallpaper.

This flamingo-theme is like inviting the soul of flamboyance into your living room. However, by toning down the vivid bird motifs, you can create a relaxing lagoon instead.

Don’t be afraid to add bold accessories such as pillows, throws, and lampshades. However, keep your bigger furniture neutral to avoid hitting people in the face with your design choices. (Less is always more with accent walls).

Top tip: Plants and greenery tend to complement daring wallpaper. They also help create serenity and bolster paradisal vibes.

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Cosy living room design: Find your light

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Imagine investing several hours into your living room decor, creating a space you’re proud of and can’t wait to enjoy. Now, imagine lighting it up like it’s being interrogated for crimes to interior design.

The lighting you choose is the difference between an ambience that says ‘Where were you? I’ve been waiting…’ to ‘Where were you at 8 pm on the 5th of July?’ You want a middle ground between dull and dazzling, and the best place to start is natural lighting.

So, open those curtains and let the sunlight flood your beautiful lounge during the day. Then, when the moon comes out, let your living room fixtures set the mood.

‘How?’ you ask? Well, consider dimmers, statement fixtures, wall scones, and mirrors for extra ambience. That way, you have the power to create the perfect atmosphere to suit your mood.

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Warm and cosy living room ideas: Texture and charm

Warm and cosy living room

Scandi meets the beach is this gorgeous living room design. The walls are light grey, which offsets the forest green couch and various houseplants to create a timeless rustic charm.

However, to keep the space light and warm, the remaining decor is neutral and soothing. Wooden potted plants, clashing twin tables, and a large printed area rug all work well together, while the woven light shade is its own feature, effortlessly tied into the aesthetic with a matching planter.

Finally, a mishmash of green and cream cushions and a warm throw over the footstool of the accent chair grant this room undeniable charm.

Cosy modern living room ideas: Distressed to impress

Modern and cosy living room

This shabby-chic lounge is an upcycler’s dream. A standard grey couch matches a distressed feature wall, while repurposed crates are perfect stand ins for a coffee table and shelves.

Two-toned organza curtains tie in the neutrality and darker shades of this living room, while a jute rug adds warmth to an otherwise cold white floor. The look is finished with printed cushions and a small table and stool set, keeping it understated yet cosy.

Top tip: Distressed wooden furniture, exposed brick walls, tactile fabrics, and vintage shelving units are great ways to incorporate that ‘fell off the truck’ vibe, all while saving money and remaining stylish.

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How to create a cosy living room: Mellow neutrals

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This homeowner has used their entire square footage to create this warm and muted lounge. The cream and wood tones are dream-like and cosy, while the brown walls make it feel like you’re swimming in the hot chocolate you’re about to sit down and enjoy.

The aesthetic is bold and languid at the same time. Small details such as the glass coffee table and wood rattan chair add neutral touches for a sense of tranquility, while the natural twist carpet holds the space between earth and sand.

Top tip: If you want to offset the brown, incorporate botanicals and leafy ferns. Also, consider more white accessories such as a throw or rug to help further lighten the space.

Small cosy living room ideas: Open plan magic

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This fun and vibrant lounge/kitchen combo is full of warmth and the right pops of colour. The blue painted shelves, the deep, thick sofas, and the stripy cushions all mesh together to create a homely and shabby-chic retreat.

Blue is a soothing colour, while dusty and burnished shades instantly transport you to a cosy cottage along the English coastline. Paired with dark wood and neutral accessories, it’s giving us ‘sit down for a cuppa and a catch-up’ vibes.

Top tip: Creating a sense of familiarity is always key with cosy living rooms. Try to incorporate objects that resonate with you, whether it’s your favourite colour, picture walls, books you enjoy, or trinkets from your travels.

Final thoughts

We hope these cosy living room ideas give you a better idea of how to create a warm and inviting home hub.

Whether you become a plant parent, turn your living room into your favourite motif, or bask in the natural snug trend, we wish you well while you create a comfortable hug haven that suits your personal style.

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