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How can I (cheaply) make this large, bland space more cosy?

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Bloomp Sat 04-Jun-16 19:45:08

Its a new build, rented house. I cant decorate the walls but am allowed to put up pictures. I'm also pretty skint grin

I love the size of this kitchen and we use this as our living room so are always in it but it feels very studenty or something. It doesnt feel cosy at all. I suspect it will require buying some large furniture tbh but i just cant afford to right now. Is there anything i can do cheaply that will bring the space together to be more like a cosy living room?

Bloomp Sat 04-Jun-16 19:45:48

Sorry! Pic would be useful

8FencingWire Sat 04-Jun-16 19:46:13

Have you got a picture?

8FencingWire Sat 04-Jun-16 19:46:29

Ha, x post sad

xMumToTwox Sat 04-Jun-16 19:49:26

Here are some ideas...

Rugs, throws cushions..etc.
Two tall lamps behind sofa & tv and hang bunting between them to add interest to that end wall.
A tall slim shelving unit filled with photo frames.


leeds84 Sat 04-Jun-16 19:50:36

Rug in front of sofa, pictures on wall, maybe move the to console so it's not set right against the wall? Perhaps so it's perpendicular the where it is now, though that might obstruct. Ice view to garden. Add a nice big lampshade over the kitchen table? Also would be not add some colour. Some plants?

8FencingWire Sat 04-Jun-16 19:50:55

A rug under/in front of the sofa and a light shade, Ikea does some nice ones very cheap (£3-7).
I just realised I put a sad face above, sorry, it was meant to be smile

leeds84 Sat 04-Jun-16 19:51:33

Sorry for typos, am on rubbish phone. Obviously meant TV and nice views

CatsCantFlyFast Sat 04-Jun-16 19:53:32

I'd move the sofa away from the wall as a start point. Some rugs, throws, cushions/floor cushions? I think it's probably studenty as its quite empty - can you pick up a cheap armchair from eBay or gumtree?

Hoppinggreen Sat 04-Jun-16 19:54:29

Get a couple more Golden Retrievers

Bloomp Sat 04-Jun-16 19:54:50

Thanks all, i hadnt thought about a tall lamp! Makes so much sense smile

As for pictures, would you put a large picture above the radiator or a couple of smaller ones at each side of the radiator?

Bloomp Sat 04-Jun-16 19:55:31

Get a couple more Golden Retrievers

I would have ten of him if i could, but you cant improve on perfection wink

8FencingWire Sat 04-Jun-16 19:55:38

This is from an app called Houz

Bloomp Sat 04-Jun-16 19:57:15

notwithout would you just have the sofa pulled out from the wall behind it or the wall at the end of it or both or change the angle of sofa? Do you think the sofa is too big? Good idea about checking gumtree.

Bloomp Sat 04-Jun-16 19:59:01

Would it look awful to have the sofa facing the radiator wall and moving the table and chairs to the wall on the right of the picture?

Lou2711 Sat 04-Jun-16 19:59:27

Bunting that matches the cushions on the sofa may liven the wall up and is usually pretty cheap!! When I was at uni it worked wellgrin I also had loads of photos (Polaroids) in a pattern that made use of another wall. They were cheap enough to do on a student budget (from a company called squaresnaps I think!). Also I had a world scratch map (you can get GB ones too) which can be great for kids and adults loved it too!! And then a few candles and fairy lights

SisterViktorine Sat 04-Jun-16 20:00:11

I might flip sofa round so the back faces the kitchen and then put TV in right hand far corner as we look at that photo. Nice rug, reclaimed coffee table (paint one from the tip?) and a couple of 'downlighter' lamps and you have a whole separate room.

Bloomp Sat 04-Jun-16 20:04:39

Good idea about a map. I'm irish so maybe go for one of ireland.

sister thats what i was thinking re sofa. I'm childless tonight so going to get shifting some furniture. I have a coffee table in the proper living room but i might nab it for in here as we use this space all the time.

porsmork Sat 04-Jun-16 20:06:38

Maybe move the sofa away from the wall (turn it 90 degrees), pop the tv in the right hand corner, and that'll make a separate living area. A plant by the window, a rug, tall lamp, nice vase on TV stand, and a picture or mirror on the wall. Maybe one large picture on the long wall, and a collection of 4-5 frames on the right hand wall? Maybe also another chair for living area, a cheap wicker one that you could pop some nice cushions on?
IKEA does quite a lot of designs where living spaces are open plan, but still divided into separate areas with shelves or drapes, so worth having a browse there. Enjoy! Love decorating, especially where you can't paint, com you can change things around all the time easily!

SisterViktorine Sat 04-Jun-16 20:07:00

We need after photos! grin

Maki79 Sat 04-Jun-16 20:07:38

I think a corner sofa would look brilliant with it's back to the double doors, and the chaise lounge bit segregating the sofa area from the eating area a little. With the tv on the corner of the wall, a coffe table and a rug it would be a lovely snug area. Then you have the wall where the tv currently is for a bookcase or dresser or a comfy reading chair with light behind it. We've got great sofa's in the past from ebay, British heart foundation and emmaus charity shops.

Or otherwise go for more Goldren Retrievers smile

wobblywonderwoman Sat 04-Jun-16 20:09:31

a large clock would look great on the back wall.

Lighting for sure.

a bookcase would look good when you can afford it.

i have a lot of bunting and it looks great

SisterViktorine Sat 04-Jun-16 20:11:21

Also- lightshade. They are fiver in homebase. I know because I've just had to buy 18 of the feckers for my magnolia newbuild!

They make a real difference to the atmosphere though as they make the light warmer and less supermarket-like.

Bloomp Sat 04-Jun-16 20:17:15

Ok i just realised i cant move the TV as that is where the aerial and sky socket/wired are sad

I'm currently playing around with the sofa and a rug that was rolled up in the spare room.

SisterViktorine Sat 04-Jun-16 20:20:38

Maybe you could just post a few pictures of your dog who I would like to steal while we await the decision... grin grin

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