Now the cold season is upon us and the nights are getting ever darker and the weather is getting even colder we thought it was a great opportunity to look at a number of ways that you can create a living room that will become a wonderful focal point and one that you’ll love spending time in. Whether you live alone or with your family, take a look at our suggestions and see if there are any ways you can make your living area the warm and snug haven it’s simply crying out to be.

How to turn your living room into a warm and welcoming space this winter 

Yeoman Exe 5kW Wood Burning Stove1. How’s your lighting? This is one of the most crucial aspects when creating atmosphere in your home. Try playing around with different lamps and bulb wattages. Move the lamps around the room until you’ve found the perfect position. The aim is to create a soft and warming glow as opposed to harsh lighting. A bright overhead bulb is probably not going to make you feel any warmer. You might even want to consider installing dimmer switches.

2. If space and design allows for it, why not try bringing your furniture closer together. Nearer to the fireplace, if you have one. In the summer months we tend to spread out more and create space or focus on the garden. If you can bring the furniture closer together (but not so close you can’t move!) it can help bring about a feeling of comfort and coziness.

3. Likewise you can create a more intimate space by adding a few extra pieces of furniture – a couple of side tables for example. Don’t go mad though – you want to aim for cosy not cluttered.

4. Think about adding a wood burning stove. These make gorgeous additions to any home. Install yours in the room you use most during the winter, whether it’s the kitchen, living room, family room or even dining room. Wood burners kick out a surprising amount of heat, they’ll reduce your central heating bills and they look fantastic too. Even in summer when you won’t (hopefully!) need to use a stove they still create an attractive focal point in the room. Just seeing those dancing flames will instantly make you feel warm and cosy!

5. Get a rug. Rugs not only cosy up a room but they have a practical benefit too as they’ll make your floor warmer under foot and add insulation. A soft rug in a warm colour will add immediate snugness to your living room and will give it a whole new look to boot.

6. It’s all in the colour. Colours have a massive impact on the way we feel when we’re in our home, or indeed anywhere. Whilst it might be a little on the extreme side to suggest you completely redecorate every season it can help to bear in mind which colours are seen as ‘cosy’ and which create a cooler atmosphere. If you are tempted to get the paint out you should stick to earthy tones like yellows, oranges, browns and reds and avoid cooler shades like blues, greens and pale greys.

7. Don’t fancy getting out the step ladder and painting the room from scratch? We don’t blame you. Try adding warm accents to an otherwise cool room instead for a cheaper and (almost as) effective new cosier look. Try a throw over the sofa or new cushion covers. How about a table cloth, new lampshades or even a picture?

8. How are your windows looking? Could you do with a change of blinds or different curtains during the colder months? If your curtains are currently sea blue in a sheer floaty fabric, whilst perfect for summer, this is not going to be creating a homely atmosphere on those cold winter nights. Try swapping them over for a thicker fabric in a deeper, warmer colour. Obviously this has practical benefits too as you’ll be better insulated and protected against nasty draughts.

9. Candles always add a welcoming feel to a room. Try oversized church candles dotted around in glass vases or tea lights in votive holders.

10. Likewise fragrance is also a great atmosphere creator. Try scented candles, fragrance sticks or even a plug-in air freshener in comforting and Christmassy scents such as cinnamon, berry, pumpkin or chocolate.

What ideas do you have for bringing the cosy into your home? Let us know in the comments.