Anyone with a favorite nook on the couch can attest that there is an art to whiling away a day doing absolutely nothing, and it all starts with having an extra-cozy living room from which to laze around guilt-free. Luckily for homebodies, a penchant for comfort doesn't have to mean a sacrifice of style. Thanks in part to hygge—the Danish concept of coziness and contentment that's made its way into American interior design, a comfort-minded space is downright trendy—and chic, comfy pieces are easy to come by.
So whether you're switching channels solo or hosting friends for an impromptu get-together, these are the tricks that will make your living room feel ultra cozy.
What you'll need: pillows, throws, side tables, and—if you're feeling so inclined—a pair of fluffy slippers.
Pile on the Pillows
To rest your head when a Netflix binge turns into a Netflix nap or to rest your feet on when you're tired of sitting up straight, pillows are the foundation of a cozy living room. Toss a few pillows on your couch and chairs, and don't overlook the floor: overstuffed floor pillows can double as extra seating for guests.
Light a Fire
Nothing sets the mood for a cozy night in quite like the flickering of a fireplace. If you don't have the luxury of a hearth, light a candle (or two, or more) to channel the feel of an afternoon by the fire.
Supersize Your Sofa
If you're considering a sofa upgrade, opt for an extra-deep one that's both great for entertaining larger crowds as well as nap friendly. While you don't want your sofa to overpower your space, you also don't want one that's too small or too narrow to be comfortable.
Multiply Your Seating
Comfy, come-hither seating is a must when designing a cozy living space. Couches should be deep-seated, chairs should cushy be or ergonomic, and there should always be ample seating to go around—no one should resign themselves to taking a seat on the floor (unless they're nestled upon a cushy floor pillow, of course). To make your guests (and yourself) feel even more at home, position tables within arm's reach so that everything they need to relax is nearby, whether it's their phone or a glass of wine.
Beyond pillows, layer different textures to make your space feel extra cozy: Think soft rugs, touchable throws, blankets, and pillows—all of which will add to the comfort factor that will contribute to your ultimate lazy day.
Collect Cozy Throws
In addition to supplying a dose of warmth and comfort when needed, throws can provide a room with added texture and color. Drape a throw across the back of your couch to give your space some extra style, or neatly fold a few in a floor basket near the foot of a chair. Bonus: You can change them out with the seasons or on a whim.
Black It Out
If you want to really give your living room a cozy feeling, nothing accomplishes that quite as easily as painting the walls a dark, moody color. Whether pitch black, blue-gray, or forest green, a darker color will make you want to hunker down and unwind.
Appoint Accent Tables
Lastly, make sure everyone involved in your Netflix binge has a side table for their drinks and popcorn bowls. You'll be thankful when no glasses are spilled because someone was balancing it awkwardly on a sofa armrest.