1) Create a Conversation Circle
Try the furniture-arranging trick that’s worked for ages: the conversation circle. It doesn’t have to feel overly formal or outdated. Creating a conversation circle that feels casual and inviting. "Instead of using a traditional sofa-and-chair layout, we opted for four oversized, upholstered swivel chairs that created a comfortable, laid-back conversation circle, all while keeping the room polished and pulled together in grown-up whites.
2) Warm With Natural Wood
Natural wood is a go-to when trying to make a large, open living area feel warm and inviting. "The use of natural wood in a living space not only acts as a decorative or functional feature, but it can provide balance by adding texture and warmth, "It has an organic element that reminds you of nature and brings a cozy, unfussy look and feel to a contemporary space." We suggest installing large beams, plank walls or raw oak floors for major impact or a handmade wood table as an accent piece.
3) Use Large-Scale Photos
Don’t be afraid to incorporate photos in a bold way. Meaningful photography can create intimacy in a way that basic artwork can’t. Large-scale, black-and-white photos work especially well from a design standpoint.
4) Include Rustic Accents
When working with white walls, like the ones in this living room, it’s important to layer in warmth. "Any element that brings the outdoors in is a great way to add contrast and a bit of coziness to a bright, white room, a reclaimed wood mantel and a tree stump turned side table do the trick.
5) Toss In Plenty of Pillows
Can you really ever have too many pillows? They’re an instant (and relatively budget-friendly) way to bring texture, pattern and color to your living area — all in the blink of an eye! Go for a Layered look .
6) Paint the Walls a Dark Color
Though all-white walls are still ultra-popular, deep, dark-hued interiors are on the rise. Dark walls — or even just a dark accent wall, like the one in this eclectic living room — work to create a sense of intimacy within a living space. While it can seem like dark paint in a living room would feel heavy or dim, in practice, it can be the opposite! In a room where the walls are dark but the trim is light, the contrast brings focus to the windows and the light from the windows, creating a room that feels bold and dramatic, but still bright!"
7) Try Textured Paneling
"Enhancing warmth doesn’t always require a trip to the color wheel. Rich textures and interesting architectural details infuse warmth just as nicely! keep things light and bright in this sophisticated guest home, so opt for a soothing white hue and delivered warmth through the use of a texture-rich wall application. Don’t be afraid to reimagine the classics. oversized reveals offer a clean, contemporary take on traditional shiplap paneling, creating a space that feels both homey and delightfully unexpected."