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Your living room is the heart of your home, and cozy living room decor makes it feel like it. With cozy interior design, your living room will feel welcoming and relaxing to spend time in, perfect for nights alone or with loved ones. And no matter what style of interior design you like, you can add cozy accessories like pillows, throws, rugs, and poufs to make your space comfy and inviting. Cozy interior design is super versatile, and it's one of our favorites. It goes with almost everything. So, we’re sharing our favorite cozy decor tips and tricks to get you started. With these cozy living room ideas, you’ll have plenty of inspiration to decorate your living room for comfort.
Nothing says warm and cozy like a fireplace. If you're lucky enough to have a fireplace in your cozy living room—even if it's decommissioned—you can use it to set a relaxed tone. This room makes excellent use of mantle decorations to draw attention to the fireplace as the heart of the space. The emphasis on natural texture and colors continues to complete the look with the log holder and the solid wood stump accent table.
With an earthy neutral colorway, this living room is instantly inviting and calming to look at. The area rug provides subdued sophistication with a high-low texture to create visual interest. Meanwhile, the throw pillows and blanket on the modern, deep-seated sofa invite you to snuggle up and relax. Comfortable furniture is a must, and this living room gets it right, from the sofa to the accent chair.
There's something special about soft, warm colors and rich gold accents—it creates a uniquely cozy and welcoming atmosphere. Here, the styling adds soft warmth with the semi-sheer curtains and the rose-toned chaise lounge. Meanwhile, the rich, warm colors from the vintage-style area rug add visual appeal and make the space feel softer and more inviting. And don’t forget the gold accessories, from the throw pillows to the picture frames to the lighting, which add to the aesthetic and seem to glow in the sunlight.
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This cozy and inviting living room makes excellent use of textures, from the furniture to the accents to the house plants! We love the look created by the vase of ornamental grasses, and they’re sure to light up beautifully when the floor lamp is on during the nighttime. The velvet sofa is the star of the show here, though—it seems to invite you to run your hands over the armrests and curl up for a while. And don’t forget the earthy neutral rug, anchoring the space while adding visual appeal.
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Hygge (pronounced hyoo-guh) is a Norwegian and Danish word that refers to a “quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being,” and this room gets it right. With a hygge-inspired area rug made from soft, natural wool and beautifully textured accents on the sofa, this living room looks like it's made for lounging. As shown here, hygge style works well with modern and Scandi furniture styles and natural color palettes.
Cozy spaces tend to have an artful appeal with plenty of soft, textured accessories to create an inviting atmosphere. Here, we see the beautiful use of textures and accessories, including velvet throw pillows, tasseled throw blankets, a striped patterned rug, a chunky knit pouf, and a faux fur chair. This space relies on warm neutral colors with a few bold accents, and it looks like the overall palette was inspired by the artwork hanging behind the sofa.
Comfy furniture goes a long way for making your living room feel cozy, and what’s more comfortable than pillows? We love these plush pillow accent chairs that seem to invite you to sit and relax for a while. The dark leather sofa and warm-toned throw on the opposite end of the seating look perfect for sprawling out on as well. Try using comfortable furniture and a fireplace, if possible, to create a cozy atmosphere in your own space.
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Blue is a naturally relaxing color, and it can help make your space feel cozier in an instant. Here, you see its impact amplified in the plush shag rug. Soft textures imbue spaces with warmth and depth, both of which are essential for most cozy decorating styles. The blue-dominant artwork hanging on the wall may have been the inspiration for the palette in this cozy living room. You can use this approach with your favorite relaxing artwork to make choosing colors for your room easier!Shop Blue Decor
With an antique-style area rug and an earthy neutral color palette, this bright living room would be the perfect spot to lounge in the sun all afternoon. Bright windows with sheer curtains can create an ethereal glow that’s instantly cozy, and if you don’t have a fireplace, they’re just as good! You don’t need large windows to capture the look, either—just hang light, sheer curtains high and wide to create the illusion of a bigger window. From there, pick comfy furniture and add some pillows, a blanket, and somewhere to set your tea, and the look is complete.
Pillows are cozy no matter what style you’re decorating with. This boho-inspired living room makes excellent use of them with a pillow pile on an elevated platform, perfect for lounging. Capture the look by finding a nook in your space that you can make cozier with a pile of throw pillows in all different shapes, sizes, and colors. And don’t forget the beautiful layered rugs, creating texture and depth while giving your space more character.
"Mohair is a luxurious fabric choice when thinking about upholstery. It's soft and plush, creating a comfortable place to land after a long day. Choosing deep jewel tones as we have done in this lounge area adds warmth to the room."
It's hard to have a neutral palette with a touch of blue when you're designing a cozy living room. Here, the large area rug sets the tone for the room, and the furniture builds on it, with the sofa adding a large swath of grey and the accent chair bringing in a deep blue. Blue is a soothing color that helps calm the mind, and it goes well with almost all neutral palettes. Notice how the blank space on the shelves and mantle adds to the room's calming effect, making it feel open and inviting.
Sometimes, all you need is a cozy corner to relax in after a busy day. Since they’re smaller, corners tend to be easier to decorate than entire rooms. Get this look with a subtle shag area rug—perfect for curling your toes into—a comfy accent chair, a low pouf, and maybe a wall hanging! Potted plants work well in cozy spaces too. Notice monochromatic palette here, playing with a full spectrum from white to back with greys in between.
Who says mid-century modern isn’t cozy? Any style can capture this inviting look. This mid-century modern living room has a definite welcoming appeal with a comfy leather accent chair, an end table, and an eye-catching textured coffee table. We love the large vintage rug, the warm-toned walls, and, of course, the fireplace. If you’re not lucky enough to have a fireplace in your living room, you can create a similar cozy aesthetic with a decorated mantle.
A cozy seating spot by the fireplace is a must, and this cozy modern rustic living room pulls it off beautifully. The faux cowhide in ivory and charcoal fits right in with an earthy palette and a white backdrop throughout the room. Faux cowhide is an excellent way to make a rustic or country living room feel cozier, and it’s generally easier to care for than authentic hides. Notice how this space doesn’t use a pile of pillows or a throw to make things cozy. Instead, it relies on the fireplace, a warm color palette, potted plants, and the beautiful faux hide rug.
With an iconic mid-century modern lounge, this living room is instantly inviting and appealing. We love the textured area rug, adding visual appeal and defining the living room space. This living room makes excellent use of the fireplace, drawing attention to it with the large, high-contrast wall hanging. If you have a fireplace in your home, try a large piece of artwork above it to make it the focal point. And don’t forget the end table by the chair—it’s not very cozy to have nowhere to set your warm mug on a chilly night!
If you love global styling, why not use it to create the perfect cozy getaway in your space? This lovely living room makes excellent use of an earthy neutral base with a boho-inspired color palette. We love the large house plants and global accents on the mantle and bookshelves. And don’t forget that stylish accent chair or the lovely, textured sofa. The ornate area rug on the floor helps ground the space while tying in the fireplace, while the wall hanging continues the palette and breaks up the large, white wall.
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This beautiful living room feels warm and inviting with the abundance of throw pillows, comfortable furniture, and earthy neutral colors. We love the large pouf in the center and, of course, the layered rugs that define the space. Layering rugs gives your room depth and makes it feel expertly designed. You can capture the look in your home by using a neutral, textured base for the larger rug and a more detailed, colorful rug on top.
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If you want to add coziness to a modern living room, a white shag rug is an excellent way to do it. Here, it sets a bright and neutral base for the art-inspired colorway throughout the room. But it also seems to invite you to sit down on the floor and enjoy the texture between your fingers. Notice how the five-color palette is represented in its entirety on the abstract artwork on the walls and how it creates a cohesive feeling throughout the room. The only deviation is from the verdant houseplants, which enhance the welcoming look.
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Many of the rooms so far have used neutral and earthy colors, but you can use bold colors while keeping things cozy. Here, we see a beautiful traditional area rug with a vibrant color palette similar to the painting on the wall behind the sofa. Either one could have inspired the room’s look, and they go well together. Yellow and blue create a pleasant contrast together, especially when mixed with neutrals like dark brown and white, as we see in this living room. If you're looking for something with a bit more pop, try a vibrant rug and decorate around it.
Do you love modern decor and rustic accents? Good news! The two go perfectly together. Here, we see rustic textures and themes throughout the space, from the forested throw pillows to the exciting artwork on the wall. The comfy, modern furniture creates the base for the seating, while the pillows and blankets make it cozy. And don't forget the eye-catching rug to soften the hardwood floors while adding a calming touch of blue to the room's palette.
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Take your modern decor and make it cozy by adding warm or neutral colors, comfy furniture, inviting textures, and soft pillows. Here, the pillows introduce plenty of texture, while the sofa itself looks soft enough to sleep on. The nature-inspired area rug adds a dimensional aspect to the space, tying everything together and introducing soothing colors. Try using a large area rug like this one in your living room to define the space and break up hard floors for a similar look.
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If your living room has a sectional sofa, it's the perfect space to pile some throw pillows to create a cozy haven. Here, the arrangement of pillows relies on texture, color, and pattern to keep things interesting, and it seems to continue down to the floor with that big, textured pouf. But the star of the show is the vibrant area rug that invokes a traditional atmosphere while setting the foundation for the space's color palette. So capture the look in your living room by finding a vibrant traditional area rug and using its colorway to create a cozy seating and pillow arrangement.
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This living room uses soft velvet pillows, feminine, warm colors, and chic gold accents to create a cozy seating area. We love the contrast created by the plush and elegant area rug, which would be perfect for curling your toes into while you enjoy a good book by the fire. The addition of black doesn’t detract from the sophisticated chic vibes of this space—instead, it amplifies the look by grounding the furniture while introducing intricate detailing with the rug. If you love the sophisticated chic decor, try a similar palette in your living room.
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"Layering different types of fabrics into your design elevates your space and makes it extra cozy. Here we have paired Velvet fabric, fluffy down insert pillows, wool throw blankets, and tied it all together with a Flokati rug."
We hope you’ve found some photos you love from these cozy living room ideas. Once you’ve picked your favorites, we recommend using them to identify what accessories you’d like to add to your cozy living room decor. You can either pick and choose from several ideas or work to recreate a single space. Whichever approach you take, you’ll have a comfy cozy living room in no time.
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