Cozy room ideas are all about creating a warm, cozy and ‘snug’ space to enjoy at home, whether with family, friends or just by yourself. The snug is one of our favorite spaces, and for good reason. This is the room we feel most relaxed and comfortable in, but how do you start deciding on the best approach when it comes to designing this all-important space? Our gallery of cozy room ideas for a cozy room is a good place to start for looks and details full of finesse.
Increasing the feeling of space and comfort in a cozy room is a design problem that everyone wants to solve. Here we spoke to some of our favorite interior designers to discover their most beloved cozy room ideas to inspire your next remodel.
Ideas for cozy rooms
“Getting the right furniture in a cozy room is one of the biggest design challenges,” said Mike Fisher, creative director and founder of Studio Indigo. “This should be a practical space, whether it’s for watching TV or having a good conversation. What you choose should be stylish and contribute to the personality and harmony of the space. Inevitably, people often graduate to the cozy room of a house, as it often feels more intimate and cosy, while large family rooms can make you feel small and uncomfortable. Be bold with your small space and use large furniture sparingly to create the illusion that the room is bigger than it is.”
These cozy room ideas cover everything from the best interior design tips and room color ideas to working with patterns and all the interior trends to look out for when designing a room that you will enjoy for years to come.
1. Consider conversation seating in a cozy
Good seating ideas in the living room are an important part of any cozy room. “When you have people over for meetings, you really notice that the seats are well laid out,” says legendary interior designer Nina Campbell. ‘Seating plans are very important – and not just at a dining table. I like to think of seating plans for the cozy or living room when I have guests, and for that you need what I call ‘conversational seats’.’
“I like that a room has a focal point, like a fireplace, and then I place chairs so that groups of three can sit and talk. A seat on either side of the fireplace is a classic floor plan, which I have in my own house, and then you can put a small chair against the wall by the fireplace – the French call them chauffeurs. Then maybe there’s a couch in it—not too deep so people can’t get out—and I’ll have a corner couch on one side of the fireplace, where I’ve found four or five people can collect and play cards.’
2. Create a cozy corner for dining
This one may not be very cozy, but its small proportions make it just as cozy. Use dining room lighting ideas to create a cozy room idea that is anything but dull or gloomy.
Ideally, an element of lighting in a dining room setting should be subtle and atmospheric (and preferably dimmable), allowing the space to be used for many different situations — from casual family gatherings and celebrations to raucous dinners or an intimate dinner for two, recommends interior designer. Henry Prideaux to (opens in new tab).
When he was designing the dining room that snuggled into a glass-enclosed space overlooking the garden at the back of the house, the brief was to create a flexible, versatile space that could be tailored for different occasions. “Due to width restrictions, the wall lights had to be both slim and vertical to work with the artwork in the center,” Henry says.
3. Customize with pillows
A well-designed cozy room should radiate comfort and luxury, and nothing says ‘cozy’ than layers and layers of delicious pillows.
“I think pillows are kind of important: they may be small, but they can be quite complicated when you consider how to match different fabrics and textures – I spend a lot of time thinking about pillows,” says designer Nina Campbell (opens in new tab).
“At this time of year, pillows can help bring a completely different feel to a room — without major refurbishments. I tend to go for rich colors; I have one in a rich, bitter chocolate color that looks almost black and I like to use it this time of year. I like to use different textures – wool is especially good in the winter to feel cozy and snug, and it doesn’t tend to wrinkle.’
4. Go for full color in a cozy
The right room color ideas are the best way to ensure that your cozy room is every inch as custom and beautiful as the rest of your home. As anyone who has gone through the process of searching for living room color ideas will attest, choosing the right color for a cozy or small room can be a minefield of endless choices and subtle nuances to understand and conquer.
“I like to paint small rooms a dark color to make them snug and snug,” says interior designer Amelia McNeil (opens in new tab), who designed this scheme. “I even painted the window and architrave the same blue so Phillip Jeffries’ wallpaper could be the main focus.”
5. Fill a cozy with large-scale furniture
“People often assume they need to buy small-scale living room furniture for a cozy room, but that actually makes a space smaller,” says Sheena Murphy, partner, Nune (opens in new tab). “Don’t be afraid to fill the room – buy a rug that fits completely under all your furniture, and don’t buy a love seat if you can really fit a three-seater sofa in the room. Buying bigger furniture will not only look better, it will also make your experience of this snug so much more comfortable: win-win!’
Interior designer Lonika Chande (opens in new tab) agrees: ‘It is worth noting that a few armchairs often take up more space than a small sofa. Sure, a smaller armless sofa, complete with a side table to set up a drink, and a floor lamp instead of a table lamp can make a much better use of space in a small cozy room.”
6. Dare to Decorate with Abundant Patterns
“The cozy room is a communal space and should reflect everyone who lives in the house,” explains Eva Sonaike, Creative Director, Eva Sonaike (opens in new tab). This is your chance to be creative and playful with design. It is a space where we socialize, entertain and relax, so the design should be functional, but also fun. I like to play with pattern and color here. For example, I could use patterned cushions on a sofa alongside individual chairs and poufs, upholstered in fabrics of my choice. These themes can then be reflected in accessories such as ornaments with colorful designs.’
7. Choose a calm color palette
Decorative cozy rooms don’t have to be full of color and pattern – neutrals can be just as effective. White is one of the most versatile shades in all designs – it instantly brightens and evokes a sense of calm and perfection. Add interest through art, accentuate upholstery and antique furniture and objects. It also makes it easier to change the look of a room.
TR Studio (opens in new tab) designed this space around Dune by Clayworks on the walls, which is warm and light. “Rustic accessories create a textural environment in this light and airy cozy room,” says Tom Rutt, founder.
8. Take a decorative approach to design
Finding the perfect cozy room ideas for your home isn’t always easy, but it should be, and it’s a space that definitely shouldn’t be an afterthought. Be inspired by the places, colors and materials that give you the most comfort to ensure you create a space that is as unique as you are.
“For me, creating a decorative cozy room is about playing with pattern, texture and color,” says Sarah Peake, founder of Studio Peake (opens in new tab)who created this space. “A gallery wall can be a fun way to give the space a focal point – vary the frame type for a homey look.”
9. Think of a cozy corner for the family movie night
The centerpiece of any cozy room, your chosen seating provides a comfortable retreat for tired feet, a delightful vantage point for television viewing pleasure – and a relaxed hot spot for social sharing and casual entertaining.
Designed by Kevin Dumais (opens in new tab), this spacious and inviting cozy room has everything you could wish for. “A giant U-shaped sofa was the best way to maximize the seating area in this square space. It’s big enough for family and friends to enjoy a movie night or just relax after work, and it makes for a cozy corner.
If you are a family that loves to entertain, your seating area can make or break your cozy atmosphere. Plan the seating well, as shown here, to ensure the conversation flows when you have guests, and keep in mind the scale and how different pieces fit together.
What do you put in a cozy room?
The most important things to put in a cozy room are comfortable chairs for lounging, and lots of texture and soothing colors. Using texture in interior design can define how a room looks and feels, from warm and cozy to cool and contemporary.
If you have extended family or friends who regularly stay overnight, it is also worth thinking about a sleeping area with a sofa bed or sofa bed.
Whether it’s your main sofa in a living room or a second sofa in a snug, it’s important to ensure that the comfort level is the same as in a bedroom, so it’s essential to choose a sofa bed with a mattress, and the thicker the mattress, the better,” says Kyra Cotgrave, home designer at Neptune (opens in new tab). “For guests staying more than one night, it may be worth considering a design where the ready-made bed can be folded away, saving time pulling out the bed each night.”