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What makes a living room warm, inviting and relaxing

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mum2015 Tue 19-May-15 16:48:27

When you go to someones home, what makes you feel relaxed and invited. It could be colour scheme, the way furniture is placed, lighting etc.

Jenda Tue 19-May-15 23:19:56

Thinking about my lounge and friend's lounges that I find cosy;

Lighting- not bold and overhead but some softer lamps. I also have those horrible twigs everyone hates grin

Soft furnishing- rugs if wooden floors and nice tactile cushions. I always put a cushion on my lap as a habit to cover my tummy!

Not tooooo tidy. Clean, but not like a showroom otherwise I don't feel I can snuggle into the sofa. Maybe a couple of magazines around.

Candles, for lighting and scent.

Most of my friends have cream or soft grey living rooms. I think most colour schemes can be made to feel warm and inviting. One has grey walls and sofas but with yellows and teals in cushions, blankets (ooh yes blanket are nice and cosy) and vases. Another has a more beachy look with cream sofas, and lots of wood but again candles and cushions make it feel homely as do lovely photo frames. I have yellowy cream walls with a big rug of warm colours and brown sofas.

Another friend has lime green walls, new black fabric and leather sofas, seventies inherited furniture and no photos or anything personal. I really don't feel relaxed in there.

Above all, a cat or a lap dog labrador, makes the room!

Jenda Tue 19-May-15 23:21:04

It might be a coincidence but the cosiest lounges I know have two sofas at 90 degree angles (so almost making a big open box with the walls)

VivaLeBeaver Tue 19-May-15 23:24:46

A log burner

Lamps.

mum2015 Wed 20-May-15 12:23:14

Thanks. yes yes to rug, blankets, cushions and not tooo tidy smile living room.

I too like sofas at right angles and preferably a big coffee table in middle which is reachable from both sofas so everyone can talk to each other easily and reach to snacks and drinks.

Going to add candles, warm-soft lightnings and magazines to the list.

Suggest some tips to make it all childproof as well so when friends come with little kids they can relax and not worry about their kids getting hurt or break something.

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