Your living room is easily one of the most important rooms in your house. It needs to be versatile enough to accommodate different roles, decorative enough to make a good impression, but most importantly—comfortable enough to stay in for hours. So how exactly do you keep a cozy room? You can take your cue from cleanliness queen Marie Kondo herself, but we’ve got some other tips on how to turn your living space into a comfortable abode.
First things first: you can’t cozy up a messy room. Scientific studies will confirm that decluttering is good for your mental health. A discussion on Maryville University about psychology states that there is a strong relationship between learning and mental health, implying that a messy room—which can cause unnecessary stress—may impair your ability to work and perform other activities. Moreover, a study from the University of Southern California reveals that seeing a spotless home can immediately help you feel relaxed.
Dark rooms appear uninviting, depressing, and small. It’s best to always keep your windows as open as possible to let the sunlight through. However, if your living room really isn’t built for natural light, it helps if you paint the walls a lighter color to give the impression of a bright room.
Pillows are the ultimate accessories used in cozy living rooms. Whether you need a headrest for watching movies, a support pillow when reading, or a makeshift bed whenever you want to take a nap, quality pillows are often the answer. In fact, even researchers from the University of California state that pillows are the most effective sleeping agent, so this is one thing you want to indulge yourself in.
For maximum comfort, consider an extra deep, supersized sofa for your living room. Not only is this a must-have to entertain bigger groups, but it can also be used as an extra bed. Still, you don’t want your sofa to be the only thing in the room, so only buy one if you have the space for it.
If you can’t afford to have one big sofa, why not buy multiple chairs instead? We highly recommend buying seatings similar to these comfy Navajo cubes, ottomans, poufs, or other single seats that can be moved around to double as tables. Guests often feel more at home when everything, such as their phones or drinks, is within arm’s reach.
Indoor plants serve an aesthetic and practical purpose. In terms of style, adding some greenery to your living room can make it instantly brighter. Taller ones, in particular, can even be used to fill dead spaces and empty corners. Plus, plants can also help improve your overall quality of life. A report by Harvard Health outlines some of the benefits, like calming the mind, controlling air quality, and boosting life expectancy.
Last words of advice: never sacrifice comfort for style. With every room that you plan to redecorate, always remember that it’s better to feel good than to look good, and that is what makes a cozy room.
Written by Allie Cooper
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