How to Make a Contemporary Living Room Feel Cosy

The angular lines and sleek surfaces that are the hallmarks of contemporary rooms are undoubtedly stylish, but they can lack the cosy appeal of more traditionally styled spaces. In the winter months, most of us spend more time indoors, so check out these ways to make the idea of an evening at home with your feet up on the sofa even more appealing.

Expose some brick
Neatly plastered white walls are a contemporary design staple, but the rough, textural feel of  masonry can provide a welcome contrast to adjacent plastered walls and crisp furniture in the rest of the room. If brick isn’t an option in your home, a wood-panelled wall will achieve a similar tactile feel.

Soften with velvet
Expansive glazing is great on a sparkling sunny day, but as the evenings draw in, it can feel a little cold. What’s needed is some soft texture. A plush, velvet sofa makes a space instantly more inviting. If you don’t want to invest in a new sofa, soften up an existing one with throws and cushions.

Paper a wall
Use wallpaper to add a cosy feel to a modern space. By choosing two different but toning designs, add interest while ensuring the patterns don’t overwhelm the room. Choose clean-lined furniture and lighting to keep the look contemporary and uncluttered.

Get the light right
Good lighting is key to creating the right atmosphere. Use wall lights, spots, pendants and lamps for a layered effect that’s warm and inviting – and don’t forget to fit dimmer switches where possible.

Team with timber
Wood adds natural warmth to a space, whether it’s thanks to furniture, fittings, or even just a neat pile of decorative sawn logs near the fireplace.

Fire up
You can’t beat a fire for giving a snug feel to a room, and you don’t have to have a traditional mantelpiece to make it work in your contemporary living room. There are many clean-lined designs on the market, including letterbox-style fireplaces and wood-burning stoves. If your home doesn’t already have a fireplace, you might need to hire a professional to install a flue. Alternatively, consider a bioethanol fire, which doesn’t need a flue and is relatively easy to install.

Treat your toes
Hard flooring, from wood to polished concrete, is a popular and practical choice in a contemporary living room, but it can feel a bit unforgiving underfoot. So why not warm things up with a luxurious rug? Choose a large one with a texture that’s a delight for toes. Viscose, silk and wool are pleasingly soft, or try a sink-into faux fur number.