Warmth in any home is important, both heat-wise, and ambience-wise. Without some much-needed warmth, a room can feel bare and unloved. It can stop being cozy and start being cold and unwelcoming. This isn’t what you want from any room, but especially not the living room. This should be a warm and welcoming space which is warm and inviting after a long day at work. Here’s how to bring the warmth in, and expel the cold, from a blank and boring room.
Let’s Get Literal
First and foremost, before you address the ambiance and feel of a room, you have to make sure that, quite literally, it’s not freezing cold! No matter how much color and interior design trickery you implement a physically cold room will still be cold. Of course, radiators can distribute heat but consider a wood stove heat generated fan. These are perfect for a cold room because they distribute hot air evenly and efficiently. Aside from the practicalities, they look great in a living room and instantly bring a cozy and traditional feel to a home.
Liven It Up With Layers
Layers are a great way to bring some warmth and coziness into a living room. Consider your furniture and furnishings. A leather sofa for example, with a coffee table, and white walls, can feel quite cold, hard, and staid. Some layering will bring interest and comfort to your room. Think about the different textures you could add to a room. Cushions are an easy way to bring some softness. Knitted cushion covers are another great addition. A blanket draped over the sofa arm also looks inviting and warm too. Once you start to layer up these different textures you’ll soon see a difference. This technique can also make a room look more expensive.
Let There Be Light
Nothing warms a room up and makes it look inviting like sunlight streaming through the windows. Frame your windows with floor length curtains to draw the eye to this area and the light that streams into a room. Also, add a mirror to your room. This will help to distribute light around the room and give the illusion that it’s bigger and brighter. In the evenings it can be nice to have dimmer more atmospheric lighting. To create this cozy vibe invest in a large floor lamp. These are just the right level to make a room feel snug. Copper rims are also a great way to add some warm, rather than cold, light to a room.
Natural materials can help to create a feeling of warmth in a room. Some fresh flowers, logs, or other wooden furnishings are the perfect finishing touches for this look. Don’t go overboard, just one vase and one nod to the outdoors will do the trick.
Until next time… happy decorating!