15 Beautiful Living Room Lighting Ideas

Lighting a Living Room

Multiple living room lights

Living rooms require three types of lighting: ambient, task, and accent. Ambient light provides a room with overall illumination, task lighting directs light to certain work zones, and accent lights highlight specific objects. Within those basic requirements are a world of options. Whether you want something fun like this room from Jonathan Adler, or something more subdued, there’s a virtually endless supply of living room lighting ideas for every taste and setting.

A Robust Assortment

Examples of living room lighting ideas

A mix of different types of lighting, placed at different points in the room, is essential for creating a proper living room lighting scheme. While the first thing you tend to see in this room in London’s Cheyenne Terrace is the central statement fixture, there are also three table lamps, one-floor lamp, five pot lights, and an accent light in the ceiling on the window side of the room. They all combine to create a layered and robust lighting scheme, free of shadows.

Two in One

Warm living room lighting

When it comes to overhead (ambient) lighting, it’s always a great idea to use two different kinds. In this elegant living room by Su Hodges Interiors, pot lights provide the majority of light (which is spread across the ceiling), while a transitional hanging fixture emphasizes the seating area in the center of the room.

Multiple Fixtures

Living room with multiple ceiling lights

In a large room, a single overhead fixture may not be enough. In most cases, pot lights are a good solution, but if recessed lighting isn’t for you there is another possibility. Consider hanging multiple fixtures throughout the room, like designer Kari Wilbanks did here. They key to making this look work is to stick with fairly simple fixtures that have clean silhouettes, and to hang them on a grid rather than in random spots throughout the ceiling.

Ceiling Accent

Unique ceiling accent light

Lighting around the perimeter of a ceiling can provide accent light as well a unique detail not common to most living rooms. Not only does the accent light in this room from Creative West Architects accentuate the architectural details of the ceiling, but it adds an aura of elegance to this sophisticated space. When it comes to living room lighting ideas, don’t be afraid to think outside the box.

Consider an Arc

Gold floor lamp

No ceiling lights? No problem! You can still create a central light source with an arc floor lamp. The arcs on these types of lamps are generally fairly high, ensuring that no one will bump their heard when walking underneath, but considered placement is still important. Keep in mind that these lamps are quite modern and work best in contemporary settings.

Sculptural Sconces

Modern living room sconces

Make a bold statement with unique sconces. The modern sconces in this room by Disc Interiors are adjustable, allowing the user to change the size, as well as where the light is being directed. Even more importantly, they provide a unique, sculptural element that sets a modern tone for the space.

Built-In Accent

Built In Accent Light

Including accent lights in built-in shelving is a great way to highlight special objects and accessories. In this room from Juliette Byrne, the eye is immediately drawn to the lit up shelves, making for a bright and beautiful focal wall.

Visual Balance

Living room floor lamps

 Barbara Brown

While it’s nice to have an end table at both ends of a sofa, it isn’t always possible (or preferable). When this is the case you can still have visually balanced task lighting by using a table lamp on one side and a floor lamp on the other, as seen here in this photo courtesy of Barbara Brown Photography. This way people sitting on both sides of the sofa get an equal amount of light.

Mix and Match

Elegant living room with chandelier and sconces

Living rooms require a lot of different light sources, but there’s no rule saying they all have to match. Notice in this room by SFA Design that the chandelier and sconces are classic, but the table lamps are modern. Mixing old and new is a great way to give a room a real sense of character and personality, so don’t be afraid to mix styles and eras.

Hang a Statement Fixture

Living room with sputnik chandelier

Living rooms with high ceilings can be difficult to decorate and to light. In order to make the most of the high ceiling consider a large central fixture in a take-notice style. The key to hanging fixtures in rooms with high ceilings is to make sure they are low enough that they feel like they’re part of the room and you don’t have to strain your neck to look up and see them. The Sputnik chandelier in this living room by Robert Dana Design is large enough and low enough that it feels like a part of the seating area.

Maximize Space and Function

Ceiling fans with lights

Combing a light fixture with a ceiling fan can be a great way to maximize space and function. While ceiling fans are certainly not as popular as they once were, in warmer climates they are sometimes necessary. Rather than trying to overdo it and installing both overhead lights and fans, consider two-in-one options to maximize space. In this mid-century modern room, the old-fashioned ceiling fans fit right in.

Highlight Architectural Details

Coffered ceiling strip lighting

Highlight architectural details with recessed or strip lighting. In this living room by K2 Design, the exquisite coffered ceilings are accentuated by accent lighting which calls attention to their beautiful details.

Think Beyond the Room

Globe lights behind sofa

When thinking about living room lighting you have to also think about how it connects to other spaces. This upstairs room by CWB Architects has a staircase behind the sofa, with pendants hanging over it to provide light. The designers chose simple globe pendants which don’t just light the staircase, but also play a decorative role in the living room.

Trust Your Instincts

Statement ceiling fixture by Jonathan Adler

When it comes to living room lighting the most important thing to do is have a little fun and trust your stylistic instincts. While the lights in this room from Jonathan Adler are all a little wild, they work together beautifully as part of this fun, eclectic room.

The Living Room Candidate

The Living Room Candidate

“The idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast cereal is the ultimate indignity to the democratic process.” -Democratic candidate Adlai Stevenson, 1956

In our media-saturated environment, in which news and punditry blur during a non-stop flow of information, the television commercial remains one area where presidential candidates have control over their images. Commercials use the tools of fiction filmmaking, including script, visuals, editing, and performance, to distill a candidate’s major themes into a few powerful images. Ads elicit emotional reactions, inspiring support for a candidate or raising doubts about the opponent. While commercials reflect the styles and techniques of the times in which they were made, the fundamental strategies and messages have tended to remain the same over the years.

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An effective campaign commercial must work on an emotional level, creating a connection with the voter. While a strong ad campaign does not guarantee election, it often does indicate which candidate has a clearer and more effective message. It is not surprising, therefore, that in most years, the best ads also happen to be in support of the winning candidates.

contains more than 500 commercials, from every presidential election since 1952, when Madison Avenue advertising executive Rosser Reeves convinced Dwight Eisenhower that short ads played during such popular TV programs such as I Love Lucy would reach more voters than any other form of advertising. This innovation had a permanent effect on the way presidential campaigns are run.

Peace Little Girl (Daisy) 1964 | Lyndon B. Johnson

The most famous of all campaign commercials, known as the “Daisy Girl” ad, ran only once as a paid advertisement, during an NBC broadcast of Monday Night at the Movies on September 7, 1964. Without any explanatory words, the ad uses a simple and powerful cinematic device, juxtaposing a scene of a little girl happily picking petals off of a flower, and an ominous countdown to a nuclear explosion. The frightening ad was instantly perceived as a portrayal of Barry Goldwater as an extremist. In fact, the Republican National Committee spelled this out by saying, “This ad implies that Senator Goldwater is a reckless man and Lyndon Johnson is a careful man.The ad was replayed in its entirety on ABC’s and CBS’s nightly news shows, amplifying its impact.

Laughter 1968 | Hubert Humphrey

Spiro Agnew was unknown on the national stage when Richard Nixon selected him as his running mate in 1968. Just six years earlier, Agnew won his first political office, as Baltimore County supervisor. He became the governor of Maryland in 1966. During a floor fight over his nomination at the Republican convention, some delegates ridiculed him, yelling “Spiro Who?” This ad also makes fun of Agnew, but suggests that his election would be no laughing matter. The ad was created by Tony Schwartz, best known for his work on the “Daisy Girl” commercial for Lyndon Johnson in 1964. In the memorable soundtrack to this ad, the uncontrollable laughter at the notion of Agnew as vice president turns into a painful cough, which serves as witty punctuation. This is one of the rare examples of humor in a presidential campaign ad.

Convention 1968 | Richard Nixon

This innovative and controversial ad for Richard Nixon ran eight days before the election. It was part of a series of powerful collage ads created from still photographs, music, and minimal narration by documentary filmmaker Eugene Jones. In “Convention,” images of Vietnam, race riots, and poverty, intercut with a smiling Humphrey at the Democratic convention, are accompanied by “Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight.” The song cleverly references both the riots at the convention and the domestic and international turmoil of the time. The ad ran as a paid spot on NBC’s comedy show Laugh-In. Sharing the show’s kinetic and irreverent style, it confused some viewers, who assumed it was part of the progam. Hundreds of others called the network to protest its bad taste. The Nixon campaign agreed to pull the ad, but the following night, The Huntley-Brinkley Report gave it free airtime by covering the controversy. As a result of his poor showing in the 1960 presidential debates, Richard Nixon’s appearances on television were carefully controlled in 1968. He refused to debate Humphrey, and “the one minute spot commercials presented Nixon’s views on his principal campaign themes—Vietnam, law and order, race, and the economy,” said Leonard Garment, one of his campaign managers.

Bio 1976 | Jimmy Carter

It is traditional for candidates to begin their advertising campaigns with biographical ads. These positive commercials frame their life stories in the best possible light, attempting to link their personal histories to their political goals. The focus on personality was especially important in the 1976 election, which took place less than two years after the Watergate scandal and the resignation of President Richard Nixon. Many voters were cynical about their government, and character became a more significant factor than individual issues. From its modest opening, with the candidate seen in a denim work shirt on a farm, to its uplifting ending, where Carter is shown immediately after a shot of Mount Rushmore, the ad creates an emotionally compelling case for Carter as the candidate who can create a “new era” in America.

Nancy Reagan 1980 | Ronald Reagan

In campaign ads, spouses usually play a benign role. They are there to humanize the candidate and to add some warmth. The 1980 ad “Nancy Reagan” is a striking exception. As the ad begins, she fervently refutes the charges that President Carter has made against “my husband,” stating that he is not a warmonger. She then goes on the attack, asking that Carter “explain to me” why inflation is so high, and why he has a “vacillating, weak” foreign policy. Although this is an attack ad, it is presented as an act of spousal defense. Reagan had a reputation as a staunch conservative, and the campaign felt the need to project a soft, safe image of the candidate so that voters would feel comfortable with him. The attacks on Carter are left to surrogates, including Nancy Reagan, Gerald Ford, William Safire, and—in another memorable ad using footage from the bitter Democratic primary battle—Ted Kennedy.

Prouder, Stronger, Better 1984 | Ronald Reagan

President Reagan’s evocative re-election campaign ads were created by the Tuesday Team, an all-star group of advertising executives including Hal Riney, Philip Dusenberry, and Jerry Della Femina. The Reagan campaign made it clear to the team that they wanted something more effective and memorable than the straightforward “hard sell” ads of the 1980 campaign. The result was an inspiring series of picturesque ads collectively known as “Morning in America.” With brightly lit montages of idyllic scenes of suburban life and swelling music, the ads evoked a Norman Rockwell vision of the country, suggesting that President Reagan had restored American optimism. By asking, “Do we really want to go back to where we were four short years ago?” the ads also gently attacked the Democratic candidate, former Vice President Walter Mondale, by linking him to the Jimmy Carter presidency. The voice of Hal Riney, who narrates the ad, is familiar from many commercials, for cars, insurance companies, and other products. According to Dusenberry, when Reagan was introduced to the Tuesday Team, he said, “I understand you guys are selling soap. I thought you’d like to see the bar.” The “Morning in America” ads were run in heavy saturation early in the year, during Reagan’s uncontested primary run, to set the tone for the rest of the campaign.

Bear 1984 | Ronald Reagan

The familiar, soothing, and avuncular voice narrating this classic ad belongs to advertising executive Hal Riney, who created this spot, and most of the optimistic “Morning in America” ads for Ronald Reagan’s re-election campaign. Using symbolism, the ad features a large grizzly bear lumbering through the woods. “Some say the bear is tame, others say it’s vicious and dangerous.” The bear represents a threat that could be real or imagined. While no mention is made of the Cold War, it becomes clear at the end of the ad that the bear represents the Soviet Union and the lone hunter represents the United States. With a soft, reassuring voice, the ad evokes fear of our enemies and makes a commonsense appeal for peace through strength. When the ad was tested for focus groups, many viewers were unsure about what the bear represented, thinking that it had something to do with the environment or gun control. Yet with its simple, ominous imagery, and suspenseful music combined with the subtle sound of a heartbeat, this is one of the most memorable of all campaign ads. It was the inspiration for the 2004 George Bush ad “Wolves,” created by Mark McKinnon.

Revolving Door 1988 | George Bush

This stark and unsettling ad from the Bush campaign doesn’t mention the notorious escaped convict William Horton by name. (Although he went by William, the Bush campaign referred to him by the less respectable name “Willie”). However, with its release just a few weeks after the independently financed ad “Willie Horton” had generated controversy and national press coverage, the connection was clear. Under the direction of campaign manager Roger Ailes, Dukakis was linked with the case of the African American felon who fled Massachusetts during a weekend furlough and and attacked a young white couple in Maryland. Focus groups conducted in Paramus, New Jersey, in May showed a strong emotional reaction to the failed furlough system, and Bush decided to make this a key issue in the campaign, attacking Dukakis in a speech as “a tax-raising liberal who let murderers out of jail.” Because of their strong imagery and underlying racial message, “Willie Horton” and “Revolving Door” received substantial coverage on TV news programs during the final month of the campaign. “I realized I started a trend,” said Ailes. “Now guys are out there trying to produce commercials for the evening news.” The creator of the “Willie Horton” ad, Floyd Brown, also made attack ads against John Kerry in 2004.

Journey 1992 | Bill Clinton

The biographical film “The Man from Hope,” shown at the Democratic convention in 1992, took great advantage of two things: that Bill Clinton, the governor of Arkansas, was indeed born and raised in a town called Hope; and that a filmed record exists of the June 1963 Boys Nation leadership event at the White House, during which the young Bill Clinton met and shook hands with President John Kennedy. “Journey” is an edited version of the convention film, and one of the most compelling biographical ads ever made. In his book The Political Brain, Drew Westen summarizes the narrative arc of the ad: “Through hard work, caring, and determination, I know what it’s like to live the American dream. In my home state, I’ve done everything possible to help others realize that dream. And as your president, I’ll do everything I can to help people all over this country realize their dreams like I’ve done in Arkansas.” The film was made by Harry Thomason and Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, television producers (Designing Women) who were good friends of the Clintons. Focus groups had shown that many voters perceived Clinton as an elitist career politician. The commercial emphasizes work, and carefully avoids mentioning the name of the Ivy League law school that Clinton attended—Yale.

Surgeon 1996 | Bill Clinton

“Surgeon” is an extremely effective example of the combination positive-negative ad that is so common today. Often, these ads, which support one candidate and then attack the other, use bright, colorful images for the positive message and murky, black-and-white images for the attack. The commercial uses many of the techniques on display throughout this website: we are immediately drawn into the ad emotionally by its uplifting shots of children talking about their plans for the future; these scenes are juxtaposed with scary footage of Bob Dole threatening to eliminate the Department of Education. The ad then uses guilt by association, linking Dole to the unpopular Newt Gingrich; and it uses footage of Clinton at the White House to take advantage of his position as the incumbent. It also offers facts and figures detailing President Clinton’s accomplishments, to add substance to the ad’s emotional impact.

Really MD 2000 | George W. Bush

“Really MD,” which first aired on September 1, 2000, was the first attack ad of the general election campaign for George W. Bush. With the economy in good shape, and no major domestic or international problems, Bush was attempting to maintain his image as a genial, sincere person. In late August, Bush blocked an attack ad challenging Al Gore’s trustworthiness. However, the strategy changed because Gore was enjoying a post-convention bounce. The ad team, led by Alex Castellanos, decided to raise questions about Gore’s trustworthiness and integrity. The ad “Really” makes the attack with humor, and with the softening touch of using a female narrator. The woman is commenting sarcastically about an Al Gore ad that is playing on a small television set. As Governor Bush’s communications director Karen Hughes explained, “They tried to insulate Bush from the harshness of the message. They put the words in the mouth of an anonymous narrator. They used a woman’s voice. They phrased the criticism in a humorous way.” Relatively mild by the standards of the 2004 and 2008 elections, this ad was viewed by the press as particularly harsh, with headlines such as “RNC Gets Really Nasty,” “Bush Approves New Attack Ad Mocking Gore,” and “Bush Torpedoes Himself.”

HOW TO DECORATE A BUFFET

Decorating a console table is very similar to decorating a  buffet table, in my opinion, but I thought since I am curating a dining room sale over at Wayfair that I would give you some ideas of how you could use these great options and some tips for decorating a buffet table. 

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How To Decorate a Buffet

1. Blank Canvas– Start with a blank Canvas.  Clear off the buffet top and wall behind it so you can really see the space.  Collect the items that you are considering using on the table next to you, so that you have them handy for testing out exactly what you need to use and switch items easily if desired.

2. Hang Art– Start by hanging your art on the wall.  Consider a mirror, art canvas or set of canvases and framed photography or even open shelves.  Stay centered with the buffet, that doesn’t mean it needs to be symmetrical, but be sure it will end up being balanced.

3. Vertical elements–  Add a lamp or set of lamps to the buffet to help with mood lighting for your space.  You may also want to try a pretty vase of some sort, with flowers.  The key to this is a that you are thinking a vertical tall element or three, probably not more.  This vertical element could include layered art leaning against the wall.

4. Horizontal elements.  Since your lamps are most likely a vertical element, don’t forget about a horizontal element for the space like a pretty tray.

5. Accessorize– Add your personality to the space.  This is a great time  to add a few pops of color or bits of whimsy.  Don’t let it go overboard, simple is usually better.   Don’t forget to think about having useful things there , like dishes, cups or utensils, they can be pretty and useful additions when used as decor.

(if your buffet is actually a console table don’t forget to consider adding extra seating underneath in the for of some cute stools)  Some exapmles of buffets I decorated with some sale items at my Wayfair sale!  Please go check it out!

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18 Sophisticated Brown Bathroom Ideas

What comes to your mind upon hearing the word “brown”? You may think of a delicious sweet bar of chocolate, beautiful and luxurious cabinetry, or rich leather. The color of our bathroom has a great influence in providing comfort and relaxation to the one who will use it. And that is why many of us use to adorn our bathroom with a touch of brown color. Since brown is an extremely versatile colour to decorate around our bathroom. It has an ability to create a sophisticated look when mixed with other neutral shade such as ivory or white. And this brown concept is perfect to be used in the Master Bathroom.

Moreover, this brown color is really attractive especially when you have a large size of the bathroom. Today, we will present to you the different designs of brown bathroom combined with other cool colors made by the brilliant designers.

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Brown Bathroom design

The vivid lights as well as the candles in this master bathroom make this more luxurious.

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Master bathroom

Here is another look of a Master bathroom that utilized the flawless white color of the fixtures that perfectly jive with the chocolate brown tiles in the floor and walls.

Bath Fap Oh

natural light

The sun’s rays are very effective to provide a well-lighted bathroom area during the day.

Eishenheim

vintage mirror

Here is an impressive brown bathroom with a vintage mirror above the white sink.

Bath Irati Brown

brown walls

The fine lines and texture of the brown walls and floor is enough to match with the smoothness of the urinals and wash basin here.

Bath Dasha and Bisazza

cream paint

The checker brown touch with the shade of cream paint in the walls emphasized its brilliant design.

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elegant light brown

You may surely see the detailed ideas of this unique and elegant light brown bathroom.

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different textures

You may surely notice the different textures applied in the walls as well as the floor as it stressed out the characteristic of a brown bathroom.

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Brown Bathroom design

The lights installed in the ceiling is very efficient to create a well-lighted area of this brown bathroom.

Brown Idea Bathroom

modern design

This brown bathroom really had a modern design even with its unique brown chair in front of the shower area.

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marble finishing

The lights used in this area as well as the mirror mounted in the walls uncover the dark brown marble finishing.

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walnut cabinetry

The walnut cabinetry and wall panels match the vivid lighting used here.

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incredible textures

The incredible textures and pattern add appeal to this modern bathroom.

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luxurious

The reflections in the mirror and door are effective to make this luxurious brown bathroom more unique.

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elegant

This elegant bathroom with brown furnishings stands out with this white storage and mirror.

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flooring

The light brown walls and flooring provided a well-lighted shade together with the silver mirror and white wash basins here.

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cream tiles

The combination of brown and cream tiles makes this area more elegant and pleasing to one’s eye.

21 Cozy Living Rooms Worth Staying In For

1.Let’s Get Cozy

There’s nothing better than coming home after a long day and settling down into a comfy, cozy living room—particularly if you live in a cold climate. During the winter months many of us tend to hide indoors and wait for the weather to pass. Fortunately creating a cozy living room that’s warm and welcoming—like this one form Witt Construction—is pretty easy. It’s all about warm colors, soft fabrics and surrounding yourself with things that make you happy.

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2.Traditional Cozy Living Room

Traditional style rooms tend to lend themselves to a sense of coziness. Just take this room from Lisette Voute as an example. The curved lines of the furniture, the soft fabrics, and the traditional architectural details create a sense of familiarity which makes people feel at ease. When it comes down to it, any style of room can be made to feel cozy, but perhaps none so easily as traditional style rooms.

3.Traditional neutral living room

No color scheme is more inherently cozy than one made up of warm neutrals. In the case of this cozy living room from Dillard Jones a palette of soft greys and browns sets the stage for a collection of comfortable furniture and easygoing fabrics.

4.Intimately Cozy

A small, intimate seating area, particularly when placed in front of a fireplace, creates a wonderfully cozy atmosphere. In this room designed by Beth Webb Interiors, soft fabrics, warm colors and ample window treatments help to complete the look.

5.Panelled living room

While some people believe that wood paneling went out with the 70s, this room from Warmington & North proves that when done right a wood-paneled room can be both sophisticated and cozy. The warmth of the wood as well as the natural grain creates depth and character in a way that paint can’t.

6.Anna Duval Interior Design

If you want a room to feel cozy and aren’t sure where to start, try covering the walls with a dark paint color, like in this room from Anna Duval Interior Design. There’s something about dark colors that creates a sense of warmth, and when a room is enveloped in a dark shade it makes you feel like you’re in the midst of a big hug. Just make sure there’s adequate light so the space doesn’t feel like a cave.

7.Living room with colorful rug

Nothing makes a room feel cozy like a fireplace. There’s something particularly comforting about a traditional wood burning fireplace, like in this room designed by Cullman & Kravis. But if this isn’t practical for your home and life, gas fireplaces work just as well. And if neither wood burning or gas is an option, an electric fireplace can still create a cozy and comforting focal point.

8.Chalet Style Living Room

Lake houses, lodges and ski chalets all lend themselves to cozy styles of decorating. These retreats are often associated with outdoor activities, and there’s nothing like coming in after a day on the slopes or out in the woods and warming yourself in front of a roaring fireplace. Rustic ceiling beams, a stone hearth, and soft furniture (as seen in this living room courtesy of Hempts Furniture) all combine to make this cozy living room the perfect place for a little apres-ski.

9.Playfully Cozy

Being cozy doesn’t mean a room can’t also be fun! This relaxed but elegant living room designed by McGrath II adds a sense of fun with playful fabric patterns and a wall of colorful books. The look is very accessible and not overwhelming, but more than anything it’s comfortable and cozy.

10.Bohemian Glam Living Room

The casual and relaxed vibe of bohemian style is nothing if not cozy. Rumpled fabrics, oodles of pillows and soft, tactile fabrics invite you to sit down and stay awhile. And this room (courtesy of Ashley Camper) has the one item every cozy room needs—a cable-knit throw. It adds instant warmth and can give even the coldest room a sense of warmth.

11.Traditional living room

While overcrowding is rarely a good idea, a robust room filled with lots of furniture, accessories, color and pattern is a great way to create a feeling of coziness, like seen in this room courtesy of Witt Construction. And remember that coziness is about more than just how a room looks. It’s about how it feels. So make sure the furniture is comfortable and the fabrics are soft to the touch.

12.Elegantly Cozy Living Room

A room like this one designed by Highgate House that combines elegance with coziness creates the best of both worlds. Always remember to arrange the furniture around a central focal point (preferably a fireplace if possible), and create conversation areas. Make the space feel more intimate by pulling the furniture away from the walls if space allows, and make sure the furniture has some curved lines and isn’t too severe. Softness is key!

13.Colorful eclectic living room

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to creating a cozy living room. The main thing to remember is that it needs to be comfortable, but when it comes to colors, patterns and the types of furniture and accessories, feel free to have a little fun! This living room courtesy of Casey’s does just that.

14.Cozy Home Library

A cozy sitting room like this one from Dillon Kyle Architects is the perfect place to while away the hours. In this room, there’s a strong sense of luxury thanks to the floor-to-ceiling drapes and architecturally detailed focal wall. The way the reading chairs face each other adds a sense of intimacy.

15.Traditional living room

There’s something about really old fashioned, traditional rooms that brings a smile to the face. While they may not be as popular as they once were, no one can argue with how comforting and cozy they are. The tufted furniture, fringed ​wood-paneled scalloped tables in this room from Meadowbank Designs are all reminiscent of a bygone era and contribute to the atmosphere of cozy comfort.

16.Rustic Coziness

Sophisticated rustic style has the benefit of being both chic and cozy. A room like this one designed by James V. Coane & Associates has a refined palette and style, yet thanks to all the reclaimed wood details, it maintains a sense of comfort and accessibility. Just about anyone could walk into this room and feel comfortable—whether their style is modern, traditional, or something in between.

17.Colorful Modern Living Room

Colorful rooms can be just as cozy as their neutral counterparts. To create a look like this one designed by Karen B. Wolf, look for saturated colors and accent them against a neutral backdrop. Make sure the fabrics are soft to the touch and be sure to layer in lots of fluffy pillows.

18.Cheerful living room with red accents

Cozy tends to be equated with comfort and contentedness, but sometimes cozy rooms are also exuberant and downright cheerful. This room from Darci Goodman Design with its bright red accents and playful patterns exudes a coziness that is both cheerful and welcoming.

19.Warm traditional living room

Windows without window treatments feel naked, and there’s nothing cozy about that. While floor-to-ceiling drapes certainly make a space feel cozy, they’re not the only option. Pretty much any window treatment will add warmth, so if drapes aren’t your style don’t be discouraged. In this room from Classic Remodelling, rattan shades help frame the room and make the entire space feel warmer.

20.Warm and cozy living room

Warm lighting is crucial to creating a cozy living room. Make sure you’ve got various sources (ambient, task and accent) and place them at different heights throughout the room. To ensure maximum coziness make sure to use bulbs that have a soft or warm glow, and avoid anything with a bluish tint. This room designed by Amy Youngblood Interiors shows what an impact warm lighting can make.

21.Cozy Fireplace

Is there anything cozier than a roaring fireplace with a stone hearth? A fireplace like this could be in any house and be surrounded by just about any style or type of furniturewood-paneledand it would still feel cozy. Fortunately, in this room designed by Jordan Design Studio, it’s complemented by traditional furniture, warm colors and classic patterns which make the most of this cozy focal point.