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How to use natural inspiration to create a cozy living room


Days spent walking through the apple orchard followed by nights relaxing near the fireplace – there’s no denying how tranquil the season of fall can truly be. The natural elements of the great outdoors have a way of calming the senses, which makes getting comfortable on a crisp, autumn day almost effortless. If you want to step it up a notch, there are plenty of ways to create a more cozy living room this fall, all with the help of natural textures incorporated into your home decor and design.

Let the seasonal splendor help you use mother nature as an inspiration in the living room this fall. Here are a few natural textures you can add to this cozy space:

Spread faux fur along the sofas
Whether you’re looking for a new set of furniture or want to dress up your current arrangement with throw pillows and blankets, consider utilizing lush faux fur to make your seating spaces more comfortable and inviting. Interior designer Caitlin Murray told HGTV velvet makes a huge statement with minimal effort.

“The addition of lusher, richer textures that complement existing decor is an instant way to make any room feel that much cozier,” she said. “Fur, velvet and Mongolian lamb are my favorite fabrics to layer for that cuddled-up vibe. The great thing about these materials is that a little bit here and there can completely transform the feel of a room. Add a velvet pillow to a chair, or toss a faux-fur throw over your sofa for an instant dose of cozy.”

Decorating Den Interiors Incorporate natural wood textures throughout the space.

Accessorize with baskets
This season, give the magazine racks and hollow ottomans a rest. Instead, store your goods in gorgeous woven baskets. This item adds a great element of texture and it’s also very functional and stylish. Be mindful, however, of the color of your baskets – don’t go with white, as this hue could hint at a piece of beach house decor. Rather, stick to the dark shades of brown to flow with the natural theme.

Don’t forget the natural wood
It goes without saying that wood is the ideal finish when creating a space that’s inspired by nature. Interior designer Ginger Curtis told HGTV that it’s the perfect dose of warmth in home decor.

“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,” she said. “It has an organic element that reminds you of nature and brings a cozy, unfussy look and feel to a contemporary space.”

Whether you invest in a new wooden table, beams or a set of decorative branches, there are dozens of ways to incorporate wood into your space. Just don’t go overboard! Think of it as an accenting element, not the focal point of your decor.

Consider a ‘conversation huddle’ furniture arrangement
Think about all of the wholesome conversation that takes place huddled around the campfire on a crisp, fall night. Let this inspire you to arrange your living room furniture the same way. Use a circular coffee table and place it in the middle of the room to act as the focal point. From there, swap out the traditional rectangular sofa and instead opt for a few swivel chairs for your friends and family to lounge and get chatty around the circle.

Don’t let your summer decor flow into fall. Get a head start on the seasonal transition by contacting a personal decorator from Decorating Den Interiors. He or she will come to your house for a free consultation to evaluate your space, discuss your ideas and provide insight and advice for a cozier living room.

So what are you waiting for? Contact a design consultant from Decorating Den Interiors to transform your living room today.

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