11 cosy living room ideas that are about more than just colour

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Cosy living room ideas are created from more than just colour (Image credit: Furniture and Choice)

Although it's natural to assume cosy living room ideas will only feature small rooms drenched in darker colours, if you're dealing with a larger living room or want to make the most of a light-filled space, it's still possible to create a space that feels warm, welcoming and intimate.

Using layout, lighting, furniture styles and texture in your living room design are all interior design tricks that can turn a blank, empty space into one that has a more cosy character.

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Chelsea Clark

Launching anything but ordinary wallpaper brand, Lust Home, in 2021, Chelsea Clark is an expert on colours, patterns and knowing just how to create the perfect room scheme. She is now Head of Marketing across the Henderson Design Group that includes Lust Home, I Love Wallpaper and Lucie Annabel.

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Lena Gierasinska

Lena is Head of Product & Displays at Barker and Stonehouse and has worked at the business for over 8 years. She has more than 13 years’ industry experience working with brands in the interiors and retail sector and is an expert on styling and staging rooms to create the perfect feel.

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Lisa Coppin

Lisa is chief creative officer at The Cotswold Company and has over 30 years experience in UK retail. Secialising in homeware and furniture, Lisa has become one of the industry's go to experts for advice on creating a warm and welcoming interior. 

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Anna Hill

After almost 12 years in corporate merchandising roles for both UK and International brands, Anna Hill relocated to Norfolk to join the family business bringing a vast wealth of visual knowledge to the paint brand.

Sarah Harley
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Sarah is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Assistant Editor and joined the team in 2024. An established homes and interiors writer, Sarah has renovated and extended a number of properties, including a listing building and renovation project that featured on Grand Designs. Although she said she would never buy a listed property again, she has recently purchased a Grade II listed apartment. As it had already been professionally renovated, she has instead set her sights on tackling some changes to improve the building’s energy efficiency, as well as adding some personal touches to the interior.