There is nothing like coming home after a grueling day at the office and stepping into a cozy spot to hibernate for the night. The term cozy is often mistaken for being small, but this is far from the truth. Think of cozy as a warm cocoon where you can spread out and just relax. It is a place where you feel comfortable and it can even create an inviting atmosphere for any guests that you have over.

You don’t have to be an interior designer to create a unique and intimate space in your home if you follow these four tips.

Natural Colors for a Calming Effect

When people think about getting away from the world, they usually go camping or somewhere in nature that can restore inner peace. There is something to be said for this, as nature most definitely has a calming effect on one’s emotions by helping them to destress.

Bright colors are good to liven up a room, but if you want a cozy environment then go for soft earthy colors. Mossy greens and dark brown colors are perfect to create a neutral tone in the living room. If you want to step up your game, place dark green ferns all around the room to assist with ventilation and purify the air.

Throw Blankets For Warmth

Watching TV in your living room may have you reaching for the blanket every so often if it gets cold. It is perfect when watching movies on a rainy day, but the right kind of blankets can make the area look much cozier.

One popular idea is these authentic blankets made from recycled materials. These styles are colorful but not too bright. Choose one that will match your furniture, and just drape it over your couch. This will make your living room look like it is ready for some snuggle time but it can also add a soft textured effect to the whole room that gives it extra personality.

Incorporate More Wood

Wood often reminds people about sitting under a campfire or at a log cabin in the woods. It doesn’t have to be expensive pieces of wood paneling, even wallpaper can look like the real thing. Add a small wooden table or a few cool signature pieces like a wooden sculpture.

You can simulate the effect of wood very easily, and there are tons of stylish wood furnishings that can be added to the walls of your living room. Think of a big wooden clock or some decorative wall art in the shape of a tree. All of these are cost-effective ways to bring more wood into the living space.

Oversized Storage Ottomans

If you don’t like the look on a traditional coffee table, opt for a large ottoman that spans the space of the living room. Not only are ottomans ideal to bring a softer texture to your living room, but they can also be used as a table, a chair, or just something to put your feet on top of.

Nowadays everything comes with added storage so go for an ottoman that opens up at the top. It can be used to store extra blankets or the family board game if you lack the space. As a last resort, you can even sleep on an ottoman if you’re tired enough and the rest of the room is occupied.

Your living room should be a space that you look forward to visiting every night and weekend. Make the most of it by using these tips to create a warm and cozy environment that you can be proud of.