4 essential rules for making a neutral space feel cozy – the experts share their secrets

1. Substitute Color For Texture

Using texture in interior design has always been a cornerstone of luxury design, with layering and variety at the heart of a cozy space no matter its color scheme. Albion Nord is a studio that has perfected the art of boosting the impact of texture and color in interior design. 'In the absence of color, the texture is key,' Camilla insists. 'Bringing in a variety of different materials helps to create warmth and interest in a space without the need for bold colors.

2. Look For Luxury To Make A Space Feel Cozy

'When imagining a ‘cozy’ home, perhaps ‘luxury’ is not the first word that comes to mind for most. But elegance and coziness go together, helping to marry form and function,' Camilla explains. 'The use of sumptuous materials alongside furnishings with high-quality craftsmanship and thoughtful lighting that casts a warm glow on the space are just a few design elements that make an aesthetically beautiful house feel like a cozy sanctuary,' she adds.

3. Lighting Is Essential For A Cozy Feel

An integral part of any space is getting the lighting ideas right, Camilla says, especially when trying to soften a room and make it feel cozy or welcoming. 'Keep it as soft and warm as possible, opting for lanterns, wall lights, and table lamps rather than harsh downlights that make the space feel stark and imposing,' Camilla suggests. 'The multiple sources of light not only create a soft, relaxing ambiance in the room but can also be used to highlight the architectural details in a space.'

4. Neutral Does Not Have To Mean Boring

Decorating with neutrals has gained an unfavorable reputation over the years with some seeing restrained palettes as 'boring' or even unimaginative. Albion Nord disagrees. 'Neutral doesn't have to mean boring,' Camilla begins. 'Not only do muted tones create calm and soft spaces, but they can also help show reverence to the property itself and its setting. For example, light and fresh curtains in neutral tones frame a window, allowing the view to shine without being overpowering.'

What Makes A Space Feel Cozy? One way to make any room feel cozy is to mix textures to introduce variety and interest. Using rugs, pillows, baskets, throws, and interesting furniture all help to visually warm up a space no matter the color scheme. How Do You Make A Neutral Living Room Not Boring? To make a neutral living room look less 'boring' consider emphasizing and highlighting interesting architectural features in the room such as ceiling beams, wainscotting, crown molding, and even baseboards and trims with paint. Alternatively, layer texture through soft furnishings effectively or add layers to the room through interesting and meaningful artwork.

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