We all tend to spend more time indoors when autumn hits. With this in mind, we have a few ideas on how to make your living room even cozier for this season of comfy sweaters and pumpkin-spice everything.
Poufs, Blankets, and Pillows
If your couch is bare, it’s time to deck it out with some comfy blankets and welcoming pillows! When it comes to choosing blankets it really comes down to personal preference. If you find you’re quite warm-bodied but want that little bit extra, look for a light and soft cashmere throw. If you’re someone who does get chilled quite easily, you’re going to want a heavy, chunky knit that will keep you nice and toasty. Look for pillows in shades of orange, maroon, browns and greys to really get that autumnal feel. For extra seating, we recommend checking out floor pillows that are just so darn cozy and perfect for when you have a few too many guests. Poufs and ottomans are also a great choice; with round shapes that feel cozier than squares, and fabrics that have texture to add dimension and warmth.
Diffusers and Candles
Nothing is cozier than lighting some candles and beckoning in the sweet scents of fall. The soft, warm glow mixed with the light drifting scent is enough to let all the stress of the day wash out of you in a couple of minutes. Of course, there are a bevy of other scents you can choose from that are absolutely heavenly. Lavender is a great option for winding down at the end of a long day. If you’re not a fan of candles, we highly recommend looking into diffusers and essential oils to help bring these wonderfully relaxing aromas into your home.
Tile and wooden floors are very popular in contemporary spaces now; however, they don’t make for the coziest of looks. Warm up a cool floor with a wonderful area rug that ties everything together while keeping your toes warm. If you want to add texture, we highly recommend going for a plush rug that you can really sink into. Or, if you’re looking for colour and visual interest, go with a patterned rug with hues taken from the living room.
There’s something so comforting about books that they really add that extra level of coziness to a space. Bookshelves take up a large amount of empty wall space and are very easy to add to a living room where the furniture is pushed away from the walls. You can also go for a fully built-in set of bookshelves that sit flush with the wall to really add that comfy aspect without building too far into the room. If you have a smaller book collection, try to arrange like items together with knick-knacks and accent pieces to fill the vertical space and keep the comfy vibe going.
If you’re planning on spending the night in, make sure to have all the necessities: a movie, a soft blanket, and a tray for drinks and snacks! Lounging gently with a mug full of jasmine tea or glass of red wine are the perfect additions to a night full of relaxation. We highly recommend investing in a nice wooden serving tray. Not only does the natural pattern work well to maintain the calming nature of the environment, but it also makes it possible to veg out since everything is close at hand. No need to get up multiple times to pour more tea or grab a snack when everything is easily accessible.
Lighting and Sound
Hanging string lights is an instant way to make your living room just a little bit more magical and relaxing. They provide just enough light to relax in front of the television without overwhelming the space; however, if you want to read a book, you might also want to turn on a lamp. If you’re looking for something that doesn’t require you to keep your eyes open, we highly recommend investing in some high-quality headphones and listening to calming nature sounds. We’ve always found that listening to the sound of rain is a sure-fire way to forget your worries for an evening!
As we start to turn indoors for the colder seasons, it’s good to look at our space and set up a cozy nest for ourselves. Set up your living room with soft pillows, cozy rugs, and beautiful ambient lighting and just float away in the autumn oasis you’ve created. Be sure to follow Falconcrest Homes’ blog series for more helpful tips and tricks like these!