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Designers Share 40 Ways to Make Your Living Room Cozy

By: Allie Holcomb King, Maria Conti, and Amanda Lecky

Whether you're working with a small space or just want to give your great room a more intimate vibe, a few of our favorite designers share inspiration (and practical design tips) for creating a cozy living room. Master that living room aesthetic with these expert tips and tricks.

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Photo: Mary Costa. From: Caitlin Murray.

Layer In Luxe Fabrics

"The addition of lusher, richer textures that complement existing decor is an instant way to make any room feel that much cozier," says interior designer Caitlin Murray of Black Lacquer Design. "Fur, velvet and Mongolian lamb are my favorite fabrics to layer for that cuddled-up vibe. The great thing about these materials is that a little bit here and there can completely transform the feel of a room," she says. Her advice for incorporating these materials in your own living room? "Add a velvet pillow to a chair, or toss a faux-fur throw over your sofa for an instant dose of cozy."

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Photo: Amanda Kirkpatrick. From: Hendricks Churchill LLC.

Acknowledge Historic Architecture

Working with an old home and a contemporary design aesthetic? Instead of demolishing period architecture, consider hanging on to it — for cozy’s sake. Designer Rafe Churchill of Hendricks Churchill LLC explains how old and new work together to create a sense of comfort. "We love old interiors, especially when using contemporary furnishings. We believe there’s some kind of nesting effect that occurs between a historic house and its modern interior," Churchill says. This gorgeous living room is no exception. "By keeping the existing millwork and paneling and then furnishing with contemporary pieces, this living room seems to almost acknowledge the history of the house and even finds comfort in it."

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Photo: Steven DeWall. From: Sarah Barnard.

Take a Holistic Approach

Interior designer Sarah Barnard takes a holistic approach to design, incorporating healthy, natural materials to promote wellness. In this living room, she used eco-friendly furnishings, raw fibers and organic textiles. "Creating a restorative environment begins with sustainable choices," she says. "Even the smallest decisions matter and can have profound effects on our health and the environment." Barnard also incorporated the homeowner’s treasured collection of mineral specimens in this space, which fits with her overall design mantra. "Live with what you love," she urges. "Surround yourself with beauty and positive energy."

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Photo: Amy Bartlam. From: Jette Creative.

Choose a Sizable Sectional

Nothing says welcome like an oversized sectional sofa. It’s the perfect tool for creating an immediate sense of casual comfort. Choose wisely, and your sectional can simultaneously establish coziness and sophistication, like the emerald green stunner in this living room by Jette Creative. "We wanted it to be a livable room for family nights watching TV, but also a space to have company — a space where the kids could roll around, but also [a space] that could allow for adult gatherings," says Jesse DeSanti, principal designer of Jette Creative. "We were able to bridge those through the deep, long sectional that really grounds the room in its size, color and softness."

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