The Ultimate Guide To Creating a Cozy Living Room

Typically, the living room is the most used area of the house, and for good reason! It is a multi-functional space that serves a variety of purposes, from intimate family gatherings to loud Monday night football with friends. Which is why it’s important to have a cozy space where you spend majority of your time. So here are 5 things that you need to make sure the interior designer in you understands before you revamp your living room;

Color Palette

It’s important to have a color palette for your living room, just mixing up a lot of bold and warm colors won’t suffice. Doing that can look random and messy whereas having a defined palette of a perfect balance between dark and lights can really hold the room together. Thats what sets apart interior designers geelong from other people. Typically darker shades like charcoal or gray can contrast really well with warm, rustic colors of the furniture and wall pieces, but it really depends on what kind of look you’re going for.

Have a lot of soft surfaces

We think it’s safe to say that soft, snuggly surfaces and coziness are directly proportional to each other. A properly placed rug, some blankets on your couch, contrasting patterns and textures of cushions can really make your space an inviting area and hold the entire room together by giving it a homey feel!

Mood lighting

This is an important one that most people seem to ignore. It is imperative that for a multi-functional, cosy space that you have layered lighting. Don’t depend on a single fixture of light. Add layers – have ceiling lights, lamps and a proper opening for a natural source of light to illuminate the area. And don’t forget the dimmer switch!

Furniture Placement

Your furniture placement in the living room can really have a large impact on your design. Pair your furniture pieces with each other such that they go together in contrast rather than having matching furniture. It adds layer and texture to your space and prevents it from seeming boring. A large, main sofa, a few comfy chairs (depends on your space) and a single, comfy, couch can usually do the trick for a typical living room.  Usually corner sofas can also act as effective dividers if you have an open floor plan!

Personal touch

While designing a comfy and cozy living room, don’t forget to add a personal touch to your space. Include pieces that mean something to you. Picture frames, candles, wall art, unique items from your friends and family can go really well to make the space feel like your own. Sometimes having a minimalistic, clean space can take all the homey-ness out of it. It starts to seem like a generic place, like a hotel lobby that just anyone can fit in. your living room should reflect a little bit of who you are and things that are important to you!



Wall behind the bed: 4 solutions to renew it

Intimate and dedicated to rest, the bedroom is an important environment in a home. Therefore, the wall behind the bed plays an important role. To renew it, giving it a new twist, there are several solutions that, although influenced by personal style, must necessarily respect the colors, shapes and volumes of the surrounding environment, so that the room is harmonious in its set of elements.

As an alternative to the classic homogeneous hand of color, the striped painting gives a new perspective to the wall. Like in the 125 square meter apartment below, where a white and gray stripe was chosen for the wall behind the bed, visually expanding the size of the room. As a general rule, it is good to pay attention to the available square meters: better to opt for light shades, such as dove gray, gray or cream, to widen the environment.

In the two-room apartment of the photo below, the bedroom wall has been enhanced by a scenographic wallpaper , which captures the attention as soon as you enter the room , changing the perception of depth and visually expanding the boundaries. There is an infinite variety of colors, designs and patterns on the market: landscapes and cities, abstract or naturalistic representations, geometric shapes that create games of perspectives. It is an idea of ​​simple realization, which allows the room to change face in a few moves.

Realizable with wallpaper or with ceramic wall tiles , the exposed brick effect gives character to the wall, with an impressive “ industrial chic” result . In the openspace project of which the photo of the room is shown below, the brick effect was created leaving the building wall structure uncovered without plaster, composed of blocks in vibrocement, which are well suited to be used both for perimeter walls and for internal structures. The blocks, which can have variable shapes, guarantee an excellent acoustic and thermal insulation of the rooms. In addition to this solution, other materials can be found on the market to make a “brick” wall such as, for example, porcelain stoneware, resistant and waterproof.

How to enhance the corridor

A passageway, sometimes a little cramped, the corridor – which does not always benefit from natural light – is often (and wrongly) overlooked. If, on the other hand, its potential is enhanced, it can become a functional and welcoming area. The best business card for every home.

Light is a crucial node, to be solved with solutions that take into account the elongated shape of the space and the prolonged lighting of the lamps throughout the day. Spotlights are suitable, but not only.

Divisions with glass panels

For those who want to tackle structural changes, a large sliding door has a unique appeal: the space doubles and the light easily filters. Furthermore, for 2018, this type of intervention benefits from the tax deduction.


Modular cabinets and bookcases transform a service space into a super-functional room. When the surface is reduced, freestanding and transformable furniture is used to help, so as not to waste even a centimeter.

Colors, tapestries and wall stickers are just some useful ideas to transform this environment into the most suitable place to welcome and welcome guests. Plus, some ideas to copy for hanging paintings.

In the right light
The lighting project, in this long and narrow environment by definition, often dark, is of great importance. There are rare cases in which windows are present: often it is instead necessary to provide an integration of artificial light, even during the day. With preferably low consumption sources

Geometrie on the top

It is the graphic of the ceiling, with strong black lines on a white background that makes this solution special. Irregular figures are formed, in whose corners technical suspensions are placed with a conical diffuser. There are five lighting points, so daylighting is guaranteed at any time. The black profile of the door, which stands out on the wall, is of the same thickness.

A pop detail is the colored plastic coat hangers, hung in random order, almost to punctuate the wall, (they are the Bästis model by Ikea). To soften the rigor of black and white, the wall painted in an intense shade of blue.