Great living rooms come in all sizes, shapes, forms, styles, and colors, but the one essential quality they all have in common is coziness. The living room is, after all, where you do your living—so you may as well optimize it for cuddling up and getting comfy, whatever that may mean to you. And while there are no hard and fast rules for making a room cozy, there are a few designer tricks we see again and again. Ahead, get inspired by 18 cozy living room examples, and jot down your favorite cozy trends and ideas to try in your
Crystal Gates and Copatriccq Dartis were fairly happy with their Oak Forest home when the coronavirus pandemic set in. Their workdays took them to an office and it felt like they were only home a couple of hours in the morning and evening, plus weekends.
Suddenly, like the rest of America, they were at home all day and night and they took a good look around.
“When we lived in Denver, we fixed up (our house) to sell it before we moved (to Houston), and when it was done, it was beautiful. I wish we had lived in the house … Read more
Prior to becoming an award-winning interior designer, Nicole White was a journalist. She wrote for publications including The Village Voice, the Miami Herald, and Vibe magazine. It’s a skill that still influences her work as the CEO and principal designer of Nicole White Designs Interiors in Sunrise, Florida.
Editing, she says, is the most underrated part of decorating. “So many of us don’t understand that less is truly more,” explains the Jamaican native, whose recent renovation of a kitchen in Davie, Florida, graces the cover of House Beautiful’s 2021 Kitchens issue, on newsstands August 10th. “That’s a skill you develop
Tasked with revamping a family home in Inglewood, California, in just a matter of weeks, designer Anne Sage took the project in stride. In less than two months, the abode underwent a complete makeover showcasing sleek, organic materials, made possible by fast and convenient ready-to-ship options.
Arguably the most dramatic transformation happened in the kitchen, where the house—typical of 1980s construction—had “weird angles, orange laminate floors and honey pine cabinets,” as well as varying ceiling levels, including an unusual soffit that swept to cathedral heights in the living room. “It created this sense that everything was very jumbled,” Sage says.
Every spring, the ladybugs showed up. They covered the walls of a small writing and reading room in the attic of a guest house in the Travis Heights neighborhood of Austin, Texas. So when the family hired Amity Worrel & Co to renovate the building, it only seemed suitable to let the ladybugs stay—visually, at least. “The idea just came together naturally because that ladybug shape was perfect for the pattern we had landed on,” says Amity Worrel, the firm’s owner and principal, who turned to a local artisan, Julie Rodgers, to create a custom mural inspired by them in