At this time of year, there’s very little more enjoyable than curling up on your sofa with a hot chocolate and a snack, watching a Christmas film, in the glow of the beautiful lights from your Christmas tree. It’s festive, it’s warming, and it’s the perfect way to spend a winter’s evening. But, to really enjoy this, you need a cosy lounge.
It’s hard to get cosy in a room that’s full of open space, white walls and gadgets. Rooms like that are great for working in, and perhaps cooling in the summertime. But, at this time of year, it might not be what you want. Let’s take a look at some ways to create the perfect warming and cosy lounge that’s perfect for Christmas.
Invest in a Good Sofa
Your sofa is usually the principal focus of your room. It draws attention and welcomes people in. It should be big and comfortable. Somewhere that you can relax and put your feet up. But, as it’s an expensive piece of furniture, so it’s essential that you get it right. Modern leather furniture can be a perfect choice. A leather sofa is classic. It’s cosy and comfortable, but it’s also supportive, and it will never go out of fashion.
A leather sofa is great, but if you want to make it genuinely comfortable, add a throw or a chunky wool blanket. Adding texture to your room is a great way to keep it warm and cosy, to make it comfortable and to give it a warming atmosphere.
Other ways that you can add texture include using different materials, such as velvet curtains, adding cushions to your sofa, using a variety of shades in your colour scheme and adding a rug to your floor.
Give Yourself Lighting Options
Lighting is a fantastic way to change the atmosphere of a room. Even a large, usually cold room can look much cosier when the bright overhead lights are switched off, and candles are lit.
At the moment, your Christmas tree lights might be giving everything a rosy glow, but that won’t last. Candles make excellent soft and warming lights, but lanterns, sidelights and even tall standing lamps all make excellent additions to your lounge.
Move Large Furniture Away from Walls
If you’ve got a smaller lounge, pushing all of your furniture out to the walls increases the space that you have available and makes the room look bigger. But, this works the other way too. If your rooms are huge, and you are struggling to make it cosy and warming, pushing your furniture to the edges will only make things worse.
You might want to leave pieces like bookshelves on the walls, but sofas, armchairs and even lamps can be moved in comfortably. If you’ve got very large rooms, using a tall shelf as a room divider can help to split things up.
Accessories can be a great way to use space in your home. Add plants, frames, clocks, and ornaments to sideboards and window sills. If you’ve got a side table, add a lamp, don’t leave it empty.