]Your living room, your lounge, your front room. Whatever you call it, it’s designed for curling up, chilling out and relaxing, so making the room cosy and welcoming is essential. Cosiness means something different to all of us, it could be Scandinavian minimalism and the comfort of Hygge, it could be rich, enveloping colour. Whatever makes you comfortable, read on for some great tips on how to make the cosiest living room.
Whatever the style of room you’re going for, adding and combining different textures is the easiest way to increase your living room’s cosiness. A variety of feels, from chunky-knit throws to soft cushion covers, will transform your sofa into a snuggle-friendly heaven, while woollen rugs will feel cosy under your feet and give an added feeling of luxury. Choosing sofas and chairs in a tactile fabric, such as leather or velvet, will give your room a more sumptuous feel.
Depending on the style and feel of your room, adding prints can be another way to up your cosy levels. Checked, tartan prints will give your lounge a more traditional, cabin-like feel, while fluffy, faux-fur materials optimise cosiness. Combine and mix up prints for a miss-matched, boho feel.
The main focal point of a living room or lounge in a traditional home is often a fireplace, which is the ultimate is cosy and comfort. If your room has a fireplace, emphasize this by positioning your furniture to face towards it. If your room doesn’t, position your chairs and sofas to face each other, creating a more sociable, inviting and comfortable layout.
Hot, Hot, Hot
For absolute cosiness, especially in Winter, it’s essential to ensure that your living room is well insulated and not draughty. Warm air enters and leaves your home by conduction through the walls, floor, roof and, most importantly, the windows. It’s also transferred from homes by convection, through gaps in doors and windows. A typical house loses 10% of its heat through the windows, but this can be as high as 25%. This is a hugely contributing factor to heating and energy bills, and this is why it’s imperative to address and prevent this heating loss by using the appropriate window coverings.
Installing the right kind of blinds on your windows and doors will help the heat escaping from your home through conduction. A tight window dressing, like a blind, when installed properly can create an efficient barrier between the window and the inside air, effectively trapping the heat inside the room. Blinds act as an additional insulating layer at your window, helping stop cold draughts getting inside, while preventing the room’s heat from escaping outdoors. This means you can keep warmer using less energy – and costing less money.
Older properties with exposed floorboards can also be particularly draughty from below. Make sure to take advantage of cosy furnishings for the wintertime! Thick carpets, rugs and soft cushions provide warmth and have insulating ability, to help raise the temperature of your home. For more advice and information about keeping your house warm, read our helpful post on reducing your energy bills using window coverings.
Let the Light in
If you’re looking to flood your living room with light, optimising the natural light coming through your windows, one option to consider is curtains. If you opt for a light, thin fabric, the natural light will be softly filtered, enabling you to keep as much of the warmth and brightness as possible, while shielding your room from unwanted eyes and attention.
It’s also possible to double up on your curtains to maximise functionality. By combining light, thin fabric with a heavy, dark curtain, you can make the most of your light during the day but still utilise the blackout option in the evenings, getting the most out of your window and making the room doubly as cosy!
We offer curtains in a wide range of colours and designs, so you will be sure to find something perfect for your space. Curtains are available in both manual and electric forms, depending on your needs and uses
For a richer, sumptuous room, go for a darker, more luxurious option for your furnishings to fully optimise the cosiness of the room.
Tough, natural and warm, the Tidmarsh designer range of wood Venetian blinds are hand built and finished. Manufactured from the finest hard-wearing, tight grained woods, ecologically approved and able to resist the bowing associated with some timber blinds, the Timbercraft slatting is available in 25mm and 50mm slats up to 2743mm wide. This attractive range of elegant colours complements the natural beauty of the wood tones.
The mechanism on a venetian blind allows complete control of the amount of light in the room, depending on the tilt of the shades. With the ability to lift and lower the blind, the blinds are fully adjustable depending on your needs and environment, so it’s no surprise they’re one of the most popular blinds worldwide. For ultimate cosy evenings, shut the blinds completely and lower the lights.
There are plenty of ways to increase cosiness in your home, and we’d love to help you with your individual needs. Be sure to get in touch now for a free, bespoke quote.