Today’s post is all about easy ways to get a cozy living room now that the cooler weather has arrived. Sprucing my home for cooler weather (and Christmas) is my very favorite thing to decorate for. And, I love that it doesn’t take much, just a few simple changes, to get a room cozy.
Creating a moody, rich space is my go-to for the Christmas season, but for autumn, I like to go with more muted tones.
One of the reasons I like to do this is because it really gives a separation from the seasons. In summer, I get things lively with yellows and greens. Autumn consists of muted, autumnal colors. And, Christmas gives way into rich hues.
A lot of people bring in deep oranges and blacks, but I keep it soft and inviting with a less bold palette.
Why Create a Cozy Living Room?
For most homes, the living room is the hub of the home along with the kitchen. So much of life happens in this room, so it only makes sense to warm it up for the cooler months.
Whether you have a large or small living room, simple changes can take it from summery, bright to cozy, autumn.
Fall beckons us to settle in and prepare for the long winter ahead, so we might as well make it as inviting as possible. 😊
Warmth for a Cozy Living Room
As the temperatures cool and settle in for the long fall and winter, it’s time to warm things up.
The best kind of lighting is from lower sources, such as lamps, candles, and fireplaces. Anything overhead creates a stark feel.
- Fireplace– If you have a fireplace, get it ready for the cooler temps and use it to add ambiance. Even if you don’t have a fireplace you can grab candles, put them in hurricane jars, and stack them tightly together to form a makeshift fireplace.
- Candles– A great way to warm up a living room is with lanterns and candles. I love free standing candles, but the glass on lanterns makes things extra pretty, in my opinion. If you can’t find beeswax candles you love, you can make your own for a fraction of the price. I shared how to do that in my Beeswax Candle post.
- Lamps– If you have a floor lamp or a lamp that tends to run bright, put on a dimmer switch or soft light bulb. Our floor lamp has a dimmer and I love it so much. When we have company, we can make it brighter. When I’m doing my morning reading, I keep it soft and low.
During the warmer months, it is good to bring in textures that exude a coolness, such as concrete planters and urns.
When preparing for cooler weather, you should look for textures like wicker and woods.
When it’s hot outside, you want to pull things back and minimize what’s on your surfaces. Cooler weather requires layering and adding to what’s already there.
There are several ways I like to cozy things up with layering and textures.
- Pillows– Whether you are using a bold, autumnal color scheme or more muted hues, use pillow covers that offer some cozy comfort. Pack away your linen covers and bring out your flannel, wool covers. This year, I’m using a soft terracotta color for my pillows.
- Blankets– Blankets are essential in our home. Every kid grabs one after breakfast and snuggles on the sofas or by the fireplace. My favorite blanket is our wool Pendleton blanket that is draped over our armchair. The colors carry nicely from fall into winter. A wicker basket full of blankets sits by our vintage piano that was my mother’s when she was a child.
- Books– “Why books?” you might ask. Stacked books with linen covers are a great way to layer and bring in texture. If you want color, turn them so the spine shows. If you would rather keep things simple, make the pages the focal point. Books also take you back to a time when winter meant long nights, sitting by the fire, and reading a book.
- Wicker Baskets– Wicker brings the outdoors in, in a way. You, essentially, have a basket of twigs all woven together when you’re dealing with wicker. It’s a nice way to have something useful that also adds warmth.
- Layered Rugs– This is one that can be tricky, because you have to make sure the rugs create a cohesive feel. It’s also difficult to afford one rug for a large area, let alone two! I have a beautiful blue rug on our living room floor and I’ve layered a small antique rug under our wicker basket. Is the scale correct? Nope, but I’m working with what I’ve got!
Foliage for a Cozy Living Room
Foliage is the answer to so many decor issues, no matter the season. It just so happens that fall is a great time to go foraging for some.
Is the summer, you long for blooms and pretty flowers. The great thing about fall is that you can snip a branch off of a shrub and call it a day!
Anyone can forage for fall foliage because so little is expected- brown branches, leaves of varying colors, and possibly some berries.
Branches aren’t the only acceptable fall foliage. We have other plants that come to mind, too.
- Pine cones– These are great for fall because they incorporate a warm brown and texture from the individual cones.
- Pumpkins– Pastel pumpkins of varying sizes and shapes are great for creating a fall vibe without spending too much money.
- Acorns– If you have an oak tree near by, go underneath it and gather all you can. Bake the acorns on a low temp (250°F) for 30 minutes to kill any critters living inside. Set them in a bowl for an easy decor piece. If you like metallics, paint the smooth nut part of the acorn a metallic gold. This adds a richness to the acorns.
- Wreaths– You can find simple wreaths anywhere you go, but you can also make your own with some vines or thin branches. I’ve seen lovely eucalyptus wreaths and simple grapevine wreaths that are left plain that add a great feel for fall.
- Faux Flower Arrangements– I’m all about using live foliage, but I also love a good faux arrangement. I don’t mind changing small things out as needed. Having something that stays nice all season long is a great thing, too! If you need help with faux arrangements, I wrote a post all about it here.
Decor to make a Living Room Cozy
Do you like to switch decor out as the seasons change? I like to change small things, but I’m not one that does a major overhaul to each room each quarter.
A few simple edits can change things enough to make them cozy.
- Antlers– Layer some antlers on a coffee table or mantel. These work as decor in the winter, too, so you get some longevity out of them. You can find these at antique stores, usually in boxes on the floor.
- Artwork– Artwork makes all of the difference in a room. It’s easy to change it out, when you look in the right places. If you check the Public Domain you can find excellent artwork that you can print and frame for free.
- Firewood– Every fall, when the weather shifts, I bring up my leather fire holder and stack some wood in it. This is a simple edit that automatically creates thoughts of warmth.
- Amber Bottles– These can be found anywhere- amazon, thrift stores, antique stores, junk stores. You can either stack them together without anything in them. Or, you can put tiny twigs of foliage in them to create some height.
Other posts you’ll love
- How to get a Cozy Minimalist Bedroom
- Create a Cozy Kitchen for Fall
- Simple Apple Galette for Fall
- Simple Fall Cleaning Schedule
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Happy fall, everyone!
- Jenn V