People often say that the room needs to be spacious in order to be cozy. You know what, those people are wrong. Some room is only as cozy as you feel comfortable spending time there. And feeling comfortable has nothing to do with the size. It’s all about the small things that make you relaxed and happy.

Let’s take a look, then, at some of the most reliable designer tricks that can turn any living room into the cozy paradise you deserve.

Play up rustic wood

Weathered wood is a material that is inherently cozy. Bathing the walls and ceiling in it can quickly turn a sterile-looking room into a warm and snugged mountain cottage where you want to spend the rest of your life. If you don’t want to go overboard, you can create a similar atmosphere with simple board cladding or oak paneling. If genuine wood is not available, you can find some truly amazing wallpapers that can emulate this look.

Use curves and soft surfaces

Sharp furniture angles and polished surfaces like floors have a tendency to look uninviting. That is why you should do your best to soften these details with warm rugs, more rounded pieces and different textures. Your materials of choice should be woven fabrics, natural fiber and linen. Also, don’t focus only on the look of individual pieces. Try to arrange them in circles and cover them with blankets and cushions. Anything you can do to break the monotony.

Make yourself a home cinema

Feeling comfortable often translates to spending some quality time on the sofa watching TV. If that makes you happy, just take these two elements and turn them up to eleven. Buy a sofa that will suit your height (and preferably features a pair of comfortable armrests), find professionals who do TV wall mounts to safely hang your screen, treat yourself with a decent home theatre system and your lazy afternoons will be that much more pleasant.

Populate the room with books

There is something incredibly comforting about the books. That is why you should strongly consider installing a couple of bookshelves and populating them with your favorite titles and other items you hold dear. If you lack the space for this upgrade, you should consider mounting your TV on the shelves rather than a wall. If, on the other hand, you have an opening, installing a cozy reading nook near some of the windows can only make the space more inviting.

Maximize greenery

Indoor plants can benefit the space they occupy in more than one way. First, they are a stunning visual addition that can elevate virtually any room by adding a touch of natural beauty. Second, research has confirmed that the presence of plant life in enclosed space can reduce stress and anxiety in the occupants. Finally, some plants like bamboo, lady palm, rubber plant and Dracaena can even purify the air. A worthwhile investment if there’s ever been one.

Think about flexible lighting

Different activities and times of day require different levels of illuminations. The easiest way to address this issue is to cover the shades with layered drapery panels that will provide a great deal of style and a high level of adjustability while softening the hard edges of your windows and Venetian blinds. When it comes to artificial light, a layered lighting setup will create the same atmosphere as the drapes and allow you to emphasize your living room’s focal points.

We hope these six tips will help you add a bit of flavor to your living room and turn it into a space you truly enjoy spending your free time in. Of course, they should only be used as building blocks for all the spins and fresh ideas that might be crossing your mind. Remember, as long as you feel cozy, you can’t really go wrong.