It has been a long old winter and I’m really hopeful that the recently arrived longer days and clement weather are a sign that Spring is now here to stay…..
I was recently struck down with a bout of laryngitis and general winter illness and spent a few days confined to the sofa and wondered what makes a living room cosy – or not – as the case may be.
Lighting has got to be the most important part of cosify-ing your living room. Having just an overhead light on has to be one of the most prison-cell things you can do to your living room. Lamps are ESSENTIAL. You need some for task lighting but mostly you will need them to create ambience. A harsh overhead light just shrieks ‘UNCOMFORTABLE’ to me whereas lamps and candles make you want to settle down and stay a while. The minute it starts to get dark, pull the curtains and get those lamps on.
2. Hide the Ugly Things
I do not want to see DVDs and children’s toys etc lying around the place. Invest in some kind of storage – a unit or a big old box – where you can stash all the unattractive gubbins that accumulate in the living room.
3. Display the pretty things
Obviously hiding everything away will make for a very sterile and personality free environment. So keep the pretty things you love on display. A vase of flowers, a collection of your treasures, a book with a cover you adore. To keep things orderly, use a pretty tray to display your pieces. You can have clutter but keep it contained.
Nothing is more cosy than lying on the sofa or a favourite armchair and pulling a blanket around you. Keep a couple of blankets folded over a chair or sofa so you don’t have to hoof all the way upstairs when the notion strikes you.
5. A Rug
Even if you have carpet, a rug just gives a room that extra cosy factor. Go as big as you can afford. I always think a rug is best when it goes under the furniture. I don’t lead by example here… I have a rug that is definitely a bit skimpy but I’m saving the pennies for a bigger one… a gorgeous dhurrie from the Rug Company has caught my eye.
6. Have regular culls
If its not beautiful or useful throw it out. (I’m definitely paraphrasing someone here… not sure who but they talked a whole lot of sense).