Spacious living rooms are a dream come true – and of course, you feel a great deal of satisfaction when you have all that space to go around. Plus, with fall coming upon you, you tend to spend more and more time indoors, so you like having more freedom of movement.
However, large living rooms also tend to feel empty and cold, even when you pack them with all the basic furniture that you might need. If you don’t want to over-clutter your room with furniture but still want it to look nice and cozy, here are seven accessories that can make it seem a bit more welcoming.
Carpets represent a great way to make a room feel warmer – and the advantage with large rooms is that these carpets may be placed pretty much anywhere. You can place them on the floor, you may put them on the wall. They can make the room feel warmer and with an extra dab of coziness.
However, you need to keep in mind that not all kinds of carpets go in every area. For example, a thick carpet can only go on the floor. If you want to put it on the wall, you need to go for a much thinner carpet. Persian rugs are a great choice for floors but bear in mind that cleaning Persian rugs properly is essential if you want to maintain their color.
2. Tall Plants
If your room seems big and cold, there is one thing that you can add to it to make it seem bigger and more spacious: add some tall plants in it. Go for a Ficus tree, a lemon tree, or another similar big tree. Aside from making your living room more like a tropical oasis, these trees will also clean the air that you breathe.
3. Personalized Paintings
If your walls seem too empty, making your room look very large and cold, then you might want to try adorning them with paintings. You may opt for one large painting, or several small ones matching on the wall. This way, not only will you be able to personalize the space to your liking, but you will also give it an impression of coziness.
Take something that you like – for example, puppies. Puppies make everything feel warmer and more welcoming, so if you see puppies on the wall, you will obviously feel cozy, right? It’s all a matter of personal preferences, so just pick the paintings or pictures that represent you the most. You might also want to check up some fall decorating ideas in terms of paintings and colours to make everything feel more fitting.
When you have a small living room, you can’t really hang a nice chandelier from the ceiling – mostly because it will take up all of the space that is already very small. That being said, when you already have the available space, a chandelier can become quite a nice centrepiece. Go for something that will fit the overall design of the room.
If you do not want to renovate the room with a chandelier, a good alternative will be a lamp. Still, there are a few rules for decorating with lamps when you have a large room. If you do things right, the room should feel welcoming to anyone cozying up inside.
5. Dark Curtains
Have you noticed how large a room feels and how the echo seems to travel around when you have no curtains? This is why you need to invest in a set of nice curtains – preferably in a darker colour. Lighter curtains are a good option for small rooms to open up space – but darker curtains will make the place feel a bit smaller and less cold. Go for fall colours such as mahogany or the colour of falling leaves.
6. Piled-on Pillows
Nothing says “cozy” more than a set of pillows. When your furniture is left uncovered, it tends to seem cold – somehow making you think that you cannot feel cozy. However, if you add a stash of fall-coloured pillows in there, everything will automatically seem cozier. With the weather getting colder outside, it will now feel better to stay indoors with a cup of tea in hand.
7. Cushioned Furniture and Seating
Cushioned seatings tend to look a bit more inviting in a larger room in comparison to a clean, modern type of furniture. Go for the rounded kind, as it will make the room feel warmer. Velvet and other soft materials are also a great choice in terms of upholstery, as it will make it more pleasant for you to sit on in comparison to leather or plain wood.
Every room needs to be decorated in its own way and in accordance with your preferences to be more inviting. To welcome fall and to make your living room seem cozier, you may use the tips we suggested above. Who wants to go outside in the cold when you have your comfortable living room and couch to snuggle in?
Tony is the CEO of Love Your Rug - Canada's largest rug cleaning & restoration facility. Apart from successfully leading his team, Tony loves to share professional advice on how to give a fresh look to carpets, rugs and peoples homes. He is an industry leader and authority in area rug restoration.