The holiday season is finally upon us. Depending on where you live, that means colder temperatures and shorter days. So, it makes sense that you would want your space to be as warm, inviting, and as comfortable as possible.
We’ve talked before about ways to make your living room more comfortable and relaxing. But, this time of year, it can be even more tempting to create a cozy space. That might not feel so easy if you have a large room or you’re on a budget and can’t afford to fill it with furniture, accent pieces, etc.
Small Ways to Make Your Living Room Cozier This Season
So, what can you do to make your living room cozier this season, even if you’re on a budget or you don’t have a lot to work with?
Utilize Area Rugs
Area rugs are a great way to add depth and warmth to any room in your home, but especially your living room. Filling your space with large, 8×10 area rugs can really tie a room together, especially if you have hardwood flooring that might otherwise seem “cold”.
You can choose rugs that fit the color theme of your room or specifically choose warmer colors like browns, grays, or other neutrals to keep things as cozy and comfortable as possible.
Use Accent Pieces
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to “accessorize” your living room. In fact, one of the best ways to bring a bit of warmth to the room is with accent pillows and throws. They are much cheaper than buying new pieces of furniture, and they will make anyone who stops by feel like your space is comfortable and inviting.
Don’t be afraid to mix and match colors and patterns when it comes to your throws and pillows. Different textures and designs will add interest and give your room more intrigue.
Hang Artwork You Enjoy
Studies have shown that artwork can have a direct impact on your overall mood and psychological well-being. With that being said, don’t feel as though you have to go with artwork that fits a particular “theme” in order to hang something in your living room.
Instead, focus on artwork that represents your personal style. What makes you feel good when you walk into that room? Whether you choose art that focuses on a certain color or specific imagery, it should make you (and whoever comes into the room) want to stay awhile.
You can also use the idea of color psychology with your artwork. Certain colors are linked with specific moods. Warmer, neutral colors can help people to relax while vibrant colors like yellows and reds can bring out happiness and energy. Whatever you decide, it’s important to first think about the kind of mood you want your living room to bring out in people.
As you can see, you don’t have to spend a lot of money or even take a lot of time to make your living room comfortable and cozy. By making a few simple changes (and without breaking the bank), you can enjoy a long winter, feeling safe and warm in the comfort of your own home.