You know, interior designers can sometimes get way too far ahead of themselves. Sure, they can make a living room look amazing, like something you’d see in a magazine, but are their designs functional in the right way? While you want a living room that’s aesthetically pleasing, a living room is ultimately about living. It needs to be a space where you’re comfortable and cozy, a place where the only thing you want to do is curl up on the couch and read that book you’ve been enjoying so much.
With this in mind, we’ve decided to collect 23 stunning examples of cozy living room designs. As you’ll see, its possible to split the difference between a living room that offers the creature comforts you want, while at the same time looking like something that’s got class to give. You’ll also see how it’s possible to make a contemporary living room, which would normally seem cold and austere, every bit as comfortable as something with a more classic or even rustic vibe.
So, if you think your living room could be more comfortable than it is, or if you’re a little unsure about those pretty (but maybe not comfortable) furniture pieces you’ve been looking at, then come take a look. We’re going to show you how any living room can be made super cozy!
A large and light colored wicker sectional couch is used to enclose this living room space, lending a warm and cozy vibe.
2. Closing In
When you want that cozy vibe for your living room, be sure to draw the furniture pieces close together in order to raise the level of intimacy.
3. To The Corner
To create coziness for your living room in an open concept space, consider arranging the furniture around a corner of the space.
While a cozy living room can be bright, to really create an intimate feel, you’ll want to use a darker color palate, adding vibrancy with interesting patterns.
5. Setting The Mood
Recessed and track lighting can be used to great effect when trying to “set the mood” in a cozy living room design.
6. Face / Off
In a larger space, you can create that feeling coziness by arranging two couches across from one another like you see here.
When your living room has a fireplace, and you’re trying to create that cozy feel, then the fireplace needs to be the center of attention.
Another way to create that cozy vibe your after is to choose generously sized furniture pieces that are perfect for lounging.
9. Wood and Red
A color scheme that works well for creating a cozy, country vibe in a living room is red and natural wood.
10. Door Division
If your living room is right next to the entranceway to your home, you can use a sectional couch to create some separation.
Another thing that can improve the coziness of a living room design is a big, furry area rug like the on used here.
12. Come On In
Arranging your furniture in this manner creates an inviting look for your living room design, further increasing the sense of coziness.
13. Put Your Feet Up
When you want to have a cozy and comfortable living room, you’ll want to provide plenty of places for people to put their feet up.
14. Open-Concept Intimacy
Here’s another example of how you can arrange furniture in order to create a sense of intimacy within an open-concept living room space.
15. Hanging Lights
With wood beams overhead and hanging beautiful light fixtures, this living room design gets “cozy” right.
Generally speaking, a cozy living room design is one that should have a consistent and simple color scheme.
17. Country Living
Fans of the country aesthetic will find a lot to love in the design of this exceptionally comfortable living room.
18. The Rug
Another element you can include to increase the coziness factor of your living room design is a Persian rug.
19. Filling Space
If you have a massive living room space with high ceilings, you’ll need to deal with the vertical area in order to create the cozy vibe you’re after.
20. Red and Orange
The color scheme used by this living room design is perfect for capturing that warm glow that screams coziness.
21. Let There Be Art
Large and beautiful pieces of art on the walls can really create a sense of intimacy within a living room design.
22. Contemporary Love
The simple design of this living room proves that adopting a contemporary aesthetic doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice coziness.
23. Comfort Is Key
Coziness is in the eye of the beholder, really. So, when trying to create that feel for your living room, include the elements (visual and functional) that make you feel comfortable.