Be it winter or summertime, your living room must always be a warm, inviting place for you and your loved ones. Nothing quite beats the joy of sitting in front of TV or by the fire while you are enjoying your favorite book and basking in the peace and calmness that envelops you in your cozy lounge.
To help you create the perfect cozy and modern living room, we have compiled a list of effective tips and tricks you can use to remodel your lounge and make the most out of it.
From soft lighting, choosing the right color palettes, to creating the perfect mood with the right fragrance, we have got it all covered for you!
1. Make it Warm and Toasty
Depending on where you live, wintertime can be quite brutal in the United States, so it is no surprise that a warm and toasty living room sounds inviting and incredibly aesthetic.
While aesthetic value is important, you also need to ensure that your living room is well insulated for the harsh cold. To make your living room warm and cozy, we recommend starting with the main reason for heat loss – windows.
If your house is old, then your windows may be ill-fitting or simply not equipped to keep out the penetrating cold. This ultimately leads to a constant draught which makes your living space less appealing, and you would rather stay in bed under the covers.
For this reason, it is best to replace your current windows with double or even triple-glazed units to help secure and trap the heat inside. Double and triple glazed windows maintain condensation-free sills and your house is no longer draughty. They also exude a modern look for your house.
Additionally, these windows also help save up on electricity costs as you can minimize the thermostats on the radiators for each room, keeping fuel costs low.
Resolving this issue will immediately retain heat inside your living room, making it the perfect cozy spot for you and your family.
2. Stick to a Bold Palette
One excellent way to make your living room warm, cozy, and inviting is by using rich and deep color palettes. Charcoals, burgundies, navy, dark greens, etc., are all excellent choices for your walls that complement the modern aesthetic and create a sense of warmth inside your living room.
When coupled with the right furnishings that contrast the color palette such as mustard yellow, beige, deep berry shades on furniture or drapes, you can achieve a deliciously warm look that is inviting and calm.
You can also use wooden furniture to complement the dark color scheme. Or, if you want to take it a step further, try experimenting with deep crimson, earthy tones, burnt orange, and various shades of saturated colors that appear bold and appealing.
A bold color palette can truly transform the look of your living room and freshen up the space. With a mixture of creative and complementary accessories such as landscape paintings, wall patterns, textures, etc., you can also achieve a mid-century modern look that is both chic and relaxing.
3. Use Low Lighting for the Perfect Glow
Nothing sets the mood better than adjustable lighting that leaves a glow in your living room. Especially during winter months when daylight hours do not last for long, it is crucial to ensure that your cozy living room is beautifully lit.
Ceiling lightings that are dimmable, yellow, and soft can make the perfect environment for a relaxing evening. Alternatively, you can also choose dimmable table lamps that can be rearranged according to your preferences.
Yellow lighting has a warm, inviting effect. To really make your living room a comfortable haven, we recommend keeping yellow lights so you can feel extra cozy. If there are darker corners in the room, you can always place a table lamp there to make it into a comfortable reading corner.
Rattan, Victorian or ceramic-based table lamps arranged next to your favorite rocking or armchair can really make your living room appear tranquil.
Piercingly bright and garish overhead lights can make your living space appear cold and unwelcoming. Instead, aim for softer lighting as it helps your body relax and revel in a sense of safety and peacefulness.
You can also invest in wall lights that do not pop too much or overwhelm the room. Additionally, you can also use mood lighting to make your living room appear snug and perfect for a quick snooze. If you have a fireplace, keep it on during wintertime and use it as your only source of light.
4. Use Fragrance for a Cozy Effect
Perhaps the simplest way to achieve a modern, cozy living room is by using fragrance in your living room as a way of welcoming the new season or just to add comfort and relaxation.
Your room’s ambiance is attached to the scent, and you can always pick one that complements the season, your mood, and the décor of your living room. Rich, warm scents such as amber, bergamot, etc., are simply perfect to welcome the autumn season, whereas lavender and jasmine scents blend in with spring.