14 Good Tips on How to Make Your Living Room Cozy

Written by Grace & Silas

Having a cozy living room honestly makes so much sense. Here’s what I mean.

You know how we have comfort food for the cold seasons? Well, I think we need a comfort room as well.

The kind of room where you walk in, you feel the soft rug underneath your feet, you see your favorite read on the soft chair that has been unofficially recognized as being “your chair,” and a lavender-scented candle ready to be lit… or whatever scent you like.

It’s your space, or at least it will be. At this point, you’re probably thinking and planning on this, so I think it’s a good idea if I give some good ideas on how to make this cozy space dream a reality. ♥️ 

Side Note: Down below is a mixture of a few DIY projects + my own tips + some tips from other people who have made their living room cozy. I hope you get exactly what you need for your instant de-stress living space.

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Seasonal Gallery Wall

Michael from Inspired by Charm did an incredible wall art gallery made up of beautiful paint-by-number art pieces.

But something I liked that he talked about was how he switched out pieces depending on the season.

Here’s how I think this can help you get your cozy space…

Let’s say it’s February (that’s when I’m writing this right now). It’s cold, but you don’t want to be reminded that it’s cold. So you can either do one of two things.

  1. You can have pieces up that have warmer colors and make your living room feel like it’s helping to usher in spring a little sooner.
  2. Your gallery wall can have cozy winter scenes that make you feel happy that you’re inside and relaxing with a hot cup of coffee.

There are other ways you can probably do it, but those two are the obvious ideas I see.

Gallery Wall tutorial by Inspired by Charm

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Lighting a Pretty Scented Candle

The look + scent of a candle is kind of just an effortless way to make your living room cozy. You buy a candle you like the smell of; one that you know is going to give you good feelings every time you light it. Then, you make sure you also like how it looks and buy one or more of them and put them on your coffee and side tables. That’s it, you’re done.

Two Tips on Good Lighting

Photo and tips from The Thrifty Apartment

  1. Lamps for elevated lighting: I really hate it when you book an Airbnb and all they have are harsh overhead direct lights. They’re horrible for relaxing so I think that lamps are such a great way to create that softer glow in your living room.
  2. Dimmer switches: Speaking of overhead lights, I completely understand the importance of having them; they’re great for when you actually need things to be well lit. But I also think investing in some light dimmers is a great way to create that comforting atmosphere you want.

Portable Fireplace

Remember how I talked about how candles were an easy way to add a cozy atmosphere to your living room without really trying? Same with this, but just on a bit of a larger scale. 

Sentimental Decor

Remember that cozy throw blanket you had in your first home with your husband? Or that beautiful piece of furniture that your grandmother left you after she passed away? I honestly feel like this tip is such a great way to make your living room a space of comfort. You’re surrounding yourself with things that make you feel so good everytime you enter the room.

Houseplants for De-Stressing

House plants are great for two reasons:

  1. It’s been shown in some studies that plants can help soothe and calm you. 
  2. They bring bright colors into your home when things are kind of just dark and grey outside.

So basically you’re surrounding yourself with greenery that’s going to help relax you and make you feel at ease. I think it’s time to make a run to the nearest plant shop.

Your Rug

This one probably doesn’t sound like the most important tip in this post, but I promise you, it’s essential.

You have no idea how many times I’ve walked into a home, stepped off the wood floor and onto a super soft rug and I instantly felt comforted. There’s something so nice about having an extra soft rug to stand and even sit on. Also, if you get the right one, it can really pull your whole cozy living room look together.

And Lastly, a Knitted Candle Cozy

I feel like anything knitted gives that hygge kind of look (hygge is a Danish term that describes giving a quality of coziness). 

So what could be cozier than a candle paired with a thick knitted candle cozy? I know that sentence sounds so cheesy, but it’s literally putting something warm and cozy looking over something that’s already cozy.

It’s perfect. 👌 


Meet Silas & Grace

Silas and Grace always had a passion for travel. So in 2016, they started Chasing Foxes as an independent income source. 4 months after launch, they were making enough money from their blog to travel full-time, and in the past 5 years, they’ve been able to encourage others in their blogging journeys too. Learn more about Silas & Grace.

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