It’s time to bring some warmth and cosy vibes to your home.
If you have a lot of hard surfaces in your living areas such as tiles, granite, polished concrete and white walls, this can make a room feel cold and uninviting.
There are things you can do to make these areas of your home feel inviting and cosy.
The trend at the moment is white or soft grey walls. These colours make a room seem fresh but if it is a very large space, can also make it feel uninviting and cold. Choose a dark colour for a feature wall(s) or perhaps a wallpaper. This will make it feel less stark.
A rug on a hard floor is definitely the easiest way to make the space feel cosier, especially in a living room. To give it a more luxurious feel, choose a rug with a long pile and a colour to suit the palette you have chosen. Rugs will also help reduce the noise level in a large room.
When choosing furniture and other decorative items, natural wood is a good choice to bring in warmth. This helps to bring part of the outside in as well as being a timeless material. Add some greenery to enhance this. When arranging furniture in a living room, rather than have sofas and sofa chairs placed around the walls, arrange them so they are facing each other. This will be a great way to create a conversation area and defines the space as well.
Next add cushions to create layering and luxury.
You can never have too many cushions (says us!). Use different patterns and colours or solid colours if you’re going for a tonal look. Adding fabric such as velvet to your cushions or even the sofa itself will add sophistication and warmth to the room. Don’t forget to add a throw or two to help achieve this look.
Instead of a solid coffee table add an oversized ottoman. This is great for when you have guests over as extra seating or for the kids to jump and lie on when they’re watching TV. This will also avoid a cluttered coffee table! The ottoman doesn’t necessarily have to match the fabric on the sofa.
Mary and Caitlin Donnelly are from Hot Properties Staging & Styling. Visit hotpropertystyling.com.au.