18 Cozy Living Room Decor Ideas and Designer Samples

Great living rooms come in all sizes, shapes, forms, styles and colors, but the one essential quality they all have in common is cosiness. After all, the living room is where you do your living – so you might as well optimize it for cuddling and getting comfy, whatever that means for you. And while there are no hard and fast rules for making a room cozy, there are a few designer tricks that we see time and time again. Get further inspired by 18 cozy living room examples and write down your favorite cozy trends and ideas to try in your own space.

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This sunny living room designed by Thomas Callaway radiates warmth, despite its large size and ceiling height. Callaway zoneed the room to enhance intimacy, then used soft buttery glaze on the walls to give the room a golden glow, and layered rich yet soft fabrics.

A modular sofa, white-painted paneling and loose, beachy layered materials give this living room a laid-back and cozy personality that still feels sharp. And because the living room inside shares a larger open floor plan space with the kitchen and dining room, Studio DIAA installed a curtain. The semi-transparent fabric provides a lot of light but also a feeling of privacy.

Embrace size and existing pieces

If you have a smaller living room — or if you’re in a rental house and trying to figure out how to integrate existing quirks, like funky tiles — look out for this living room designed by Arent & Pyke. First of all, the cozy room manages to pack in plenty of seating and surface space, but doesn’t look overcrowded. And the company incorporated the eccentric tiles around the firebox by painting pale pink columns on the mantelpiece and choosing a beautiful art deco floral carpet in complementary colors. The geometric cube table and contemporary lighting modernize the space. The end result proves that it’s best to embrace and elevate what you have rather than fight with it.

Layer textures and styles

While colors can make a room cozier, it’s not the only route. Take, for example, this neutral-toned living room from Kristin Fine. Soft and textured upholstery mix with cream paint, rustic wood pieces and lots of antique accents to create a surprisingly modern impression. Best of all, Fine shows that you can have a television over the fireplace (movie marathons = instant cozy vibes) without it becoming the visual focal point. She made custom sliding plaster doors and the asymmetrical design makes them look like abstract art.

Mirroring all your walls to reflect the light is a perfect way to make a room look bigger. And we’re here for that design trick, but we also love that designer Benjamin Dhong did it in a way that doesn’t smother the cozy feel of a small space. The green monochrome approach keeps the room from looking crowded while a distressed treatment on the mantel and rich velvet warms it up.

A chunky knit blanket, a skewed ladder to dimensionally display and store extra textiles, and plenty of plush pillows add softness to the edgier elements in this living room designed by Jeffrey Dungan, such as the coffee table and sideboard.

A warm wood piano will automatically make a large living room a cozier nook, as it encourages gathering and general cheerfulness. Corals, grays and coppers work well to give this living room designed by Mona Hajj a more dynamic yet accessible color story.

A sparse stone fireplace, rustic beamed ceiling and layered rugs make this living room approachable and comfortable enough for the whole family to enjoy –even, especially the dog!

Balance robust pieces with slim frames

This living room, designed by Brigette Romanek, is another strong case for wall-to-wall bookshelves. The iridescent velvet and plush Art Deco carpet will make the room feel like your friendliest and coolest friend. The slim legs ensure that it does not feel too full.

Nothing puts you as comfortable and ready for a good time as a home bar in the living room. Designer John Fondas turned a shallow closet into a secluded bar nook with tons of wall storage by removing the doors and built-in cabinets and side shelves. The nautical and aquatic motifs are perfect for a Palm Beach party house.

A wall-spanning built-in bookcase made of warm wood immediately adds a personal touch to this contemporary living room designed by Studio Shamshiri. Neutral and moody with lots of nods to nature and large windows that let the light in, this living room is both formal enough to accommodate guests and cozy enough to really feel at home and unwind. We also dig the accent chaise instead of a classic armchair.

Corner chairs to a fireplace

This Boston Brownstone living room designed by Jae Joo is all about the fireplace. IF you can’t fit a large section and a single sofa looks clunky and stifles interpersonal interactions, opt for two oversized and extra comfortable club chairs with ottomans. Turn them inward and toward the focal point (in this case, the fireplace) and place a small side table in between instead of a large coffee table in front of it. Fireside chats ahead!

We love the contrast of the whimsical tiles and realistic paintings that are also somehow complementary due to a shared color palette in this living room by Madeline Stuart. Two opposing small sofas allow for good conversation, but also provide a cozy place to curl up with a good book by the fireplace and natural light.

The sheepskin under the coffee table in this living room, designed by Christian Burch and John Frenchette, brings a softer and deeper element to the space. We also love how the couple played historical pieces like the Flinestone-esque walls and wood-burning fireplace.

Speaking of funny angles, this eclectic living room designed by Montreal-based Les Ensembliers advocates a unique layout. The sofas are all angled to break up the monotony of a classic, symmetrical living room, and all the fun, luxurious fabrics warm the open and airy space. Aesthetically, it is refreshing and unique, which in turn gives the formal sitting room unpretentious, fun energy that inspires creativity and puts guests at ease.

While we’re big believers in floating furniture, this tiny Manhattan apartment designed by Miles Redd proves it’s not always the best approach. The wallpaper is hung horizontally rather than vertically for a modern look, and to make the room feel more spacious, a luxe blue sofa, brass mirrored coffee table and eye-catching art make it feel formal too.

Dark black walls and lots of warm gold and caramel tones make this living room designed by Ariene Bethea super cozy, but also formal and regal – the ideal balance if your living room doubles as a family room.

Pretty much anything goes in a bohemian living room, but if you need some guidance, try applying this formula: day bed plus side chair, armchair, floor cushions, and a few stools. In this case, Commune Design has also incorporated a statement rug and task lighting.

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