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16 Cozy Living Room Ideas You'll Love from Designers

by DecorMatters|Jun 22, 2023

Coziness is desired in just about every living space. It provides a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. Whether you're looking to unwind after a long day, catch up on some reading, or simply nap and recharge, a cozy living room is the perfect place to do so.

The best part? Achieving a cozy atmosphere doesn't have to break the bank. With a few simple touches, any room, home, apartment, shape, or size can be transformed into a warm and welcoming space. Whether you prefer a minimalist aesthetic or a maximalist approach, there are plenty of ideas here to inspire you. We're excited to share with you 16 cozy living room ideas that will make you fall in love with your living room all over again!

1. Natural and Earthy

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A natural living room is the perfect destination for anyone seeking peace and tranquility or a cozy gathering spot. Warm, earthy tones on the walls and furniture will create a serene atmosphere ideal for resting after a hectic day, while lush greenery and plants throughout the space will make you feel like you're nestled in the heart of nature.

The designer of this “tiny house,” Alessandra, shares, “We decided to convert our bedroom and build a sleeping loft in the living room.” She continues, “I didn't want to sacrifice the aesthetic, so I worked for a few weeks on a board to carefully put each element together and be intentional when it came to proportions and shapes.

2. Boho Reading Nook

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A boho reading nook is the epitome of cozy, effortlessly blending comfort with an escape into the world of literature. This little sanctuary by @peachy__home not only invites you to curl up with your favorite book but also adds a personalized touch to your space, making it uniquely yours. “My living room is a mix of boho and vintage style. I love to use warm colors to create a sunny and cozy vibe,” she says. “A bulging bookshelf with tons of fantastic stories and a few selected non-book items can’t be missing, of course.”

3. Deep and Cool Blues

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Justyna Madej

In this space, walls adorned in mesmerizing shades of blue transport you to tranquility and serenity. Deep and rich tones dance harmoniously, evoking a sense of mystery and sophistication that captivates the senses. Additionally, carefully chosen furniture pieces each possess their own unique personality. Justyna Madej says, “I love adding old furniture. I think an old coffee table or bureau can turn any decor into something special.”

4. Natural Light

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Hannah Ellingson

Natural sunlight will forever be used to create a cozy atmosphere in your living room! Not only does it add brightness and vitality to the space, but it also has the ability to accentuate the beauty of your decor and furnishings. Natural lighting can showcase visual appeal and make your loved pieces even more stunning, whether it's striking artwork or a plush sofa. Plus, exposure to natural light will boost your mood and energy levels, enhancing the comfort of your room even further. We recommend letting in as much natural sunlight as possible so that you love spending time in your living space!

5. Modern Minimalism

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Roman Plyus

By eliminating clutter and unnecessary decor, a minimalist space can feel open and calming. The use of natural materials and neutral colors can create a serene atmosphere that's perfect for unwinding. And with fewer distractions, you may find yourself more present and able to fully enjoy the space around you. This space, designed by Roman Plyus, focuses on the keyword “unity.” Roman explains, “The interior is made in the style of mid-century modern filled with light and calm. The white and beige palette visually enlarges and fills a large space with air.”

6. Eclectic with Personality

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While an eclectic room may seem busy at first glance, it can actually have a cozy impact on your space. The variety of colors and textures can make the room feel more inviting and welcoming, while the unexpected details can keep things interesting. Take this room by Tasha of @prettypocketprojects, for example. “My living room is not like any other! It’s fun, bold, bright, and extremely quirky,” says Tasha. “It’s filled to the brim with funky items that all mean something to me and my family. I will always say if you want a cozy living room, make sure it’s a space that makes YOU happy!”

7. Focus on Feng Shui

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Have you ever heard of Feng Shui? This mindful practice has proven to enhance the coziness of living rooms. By applying its principles, you can create a space that feels warm, inviting, and comforting. For example, arranging your furniture in a way that promotes the flow of energy can help create a sense of intimacy and comfort. Adding plants and natural elements adds aesthetic value and also purifies the air. So if you're looking to enhance the cozy vibes in your living room, we recommend learning more about Feng Shui!

8. Mix and Match

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Andrea Granger

It’s all about the mix in this artfully layered living room designed by Andrea Granger @huntandscavenge. To keep your space interesting, feature what you love rather than what is trending. The definition of cozy is subjective for every human being. Different items and materials will make people feel comfortable and at home. This living room features the designer’s artwork, a mix of collected textiles, gestural branches, old and new furnishings, and stacks of beloved books and treasures that are woven together to illustrate the unique story of this family home. Andrea states, “Beginning a space can be daunting. I find myself often inspired by the most randomness of things and try to channel that energy into each of my designs. By approaching the design process through fearlessness and curiosity, it allows a space to evolve into something less designed and more inspired. Have fun, consider everything, and think out of the box!”

9. Monochromatic Palette

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This monochromatic space, designed by Havenly, is impressively spacious and boasts a striking, sizeable abstract wall art piece that effortlessly commands attention as the focal point of the room. The inviting white sofa with plush cushions is adorned with chic throw pillows beckoning you to unwind and relax in its luxurious comfort. Plus, Havenly adds a “tray styled with books, a vase, and a candle, as well as a cozy throw, for a ‘kick up your feet and stay awhile’ moment.” The captivating art and sumptuous furnishings strike a perfect balance between modern allure and cozy warmth.

10. Colorful Maximalism

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Helen Sellwood

Looking for a way to add some warmth and coziness to your living room? Look no further than the power of color! By incorporating different hues and shades throughout your space, you can bring out different elements of coziness. For example, in this space decorated by Helen Sellwood, the blue chimney wall creates a comfortable atmosphere, while the pink walls emit a warm glow when sunlight shines on them. Achieving a cozy and vibrant space takes time. Helen recommends “collecting things you really love from small businesses, buying unique second-hand finds, and maybe even things that you make yourself to create a totally unique look that is special to you.”

11. Organic Shapes

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Joanna Avento

When it comes to designing a comfortable and inviting living room, incorporating organic shapes and lines can truly transform the space. The use of soft, natural curves and asymmetrical forms can create a sense of calm and relaxation that is hard to achieve with other design elements. Whether it's through a curvy sofa, a round coffee table, or a leafy plant, the incorporation of organic shapes can add a touch of nature to your living room and make it a more welcoming environment.

12. Unique Rugs

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Janine Genower

A rug alone can be a great way to inject color and texture into your space, and it can also make your home feel more welcoming and cozy. Just take a look at Janine Genower's orange retro-style rug, which creates a fun and unique vibe in the room. Themes of traveling are also incorporated to bring more personality to the room. Janine shares, “Many of the pieces in this room have been bought back from Mexico and tie in perfectly with the travel pillows and wallpaper travel guides on the table.”

13. Dark Tones

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Studio McGee

Dark tones can be your best friend when creating a cozy living room. Black walls and deep brown furniture can add a touch of sophistication to your space while creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. Dark colors evoke a range of emotions from calmness to intimacy, making them the perfect choice for a cozy living room. Whether the flickering glow of candlelight bouncing off the dark walls or sinking into a plush sofa amidst the alluring darkness, a cozy living room adorned with these enchanting tones creates an intimate haven where relaxation and elegance intertwine.

14. Second-Hand Furniture

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Tina Bousu

Get even more homey by exploring secondhand shopping and repurposing old items. This sustainable choice adds a touch of history and character to your space. What's more, experimenting with repurposing can result in some truly unique pieces that perfectly embody your style and values, making your living room a true reflection of your personality.

Designer Tina Bousu shares, “My favorite places to source pieces are Facebook marketplace and thrift or vintage stores. Almost all of the furniture is secondhand, as I am very passionate about giving older pieces a new life. Not to mention the added bonus of the character they bring, which provides so much interest.”

15. Greenery and Plants

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Plants will always be the ultimate way to add pops of color and life to the space. Connecting your home with nature, bringing the outdoors inside, improving the air quality and headspace, the list of benefits goes on and on. Whether you opt for a few small succulents or larger statement plants like in Romalyn’s stunning oasis, adding some greenery is sure to make your living room feel more welcoming and comfortable.

16. Midcentury Modern and Boho

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Stefanie Zielke

The mid-century modern and boho combination might just be what you need to enhance the coziness of your living room. By blending the clean lines and sleek finishes of midcentury furniture with the eclectic prints and textures of boho decor, you can create a comfortable space that feels both timeless and trendy. Interior designer Stefanie Zielke suggests, “Don’t be afraid to mix textures. Think modern glass paired with shaggy rugs or sleek leathers paired with rattan touches.” She continues, “Add greenery! Big pots nestled in the corner or macrame hangers suspended from the ceiling all add fresh life to a space.”

If you're looking for a fun and interactive way to bring these ideas to life, then download the DecorMatters interior design app! With this app, you can play around with different living room ideas and virtually decorate real rooms in your home. It's a great way to get inspired and transform your living room into the cozy retreat of your dreams!

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