​When you think of creating a “favorite room” in your home, what feelings come to mind? Is it comfort? Relaxation? Serenity? With all the responsibilities life hands us, your home should be a place to retreat to and help you feel your best.

​It’s been determined that colors, décor, and furniture placement in the home can directly affect your mood and emotions, also known as the psychology of interior design. Whether you’re looking to encourage feelings of warmth and coziness or wanting to add more light and brightness to the space, transforming your home into one that makes you feel your best has become a necessity for many in today’s busy world. Here are some tips to help you enhance your home’s natural beauty.

From Dark and Drab to Light and Bright

When living in a home with an open-concept layout, where the family room and kitchen flow seamlessly together, it becomes easy to combine the look and feel of these two spaces into one. Adding more natural light and brightening up these areas of the home can enhance happiness, which is great as these tend to be your “gathering” areas. Bringing natural light into a dark room can transform this space into one that feels light, airy, and filled with elegance.

Here are some tips for how to brighten up a room:

  1. Use Mirrors
  2. Angle Your Furniture Towards the Light So it Reflects Off of it and Fills the Room More
  3. Use Items from a Lighter Color Palette – Think White, Light Tan, or Light Grey
  4. Add a Light-Colored Rug
  5. Skip the Blinds
  6. Use Floor to Ceiling Curtains Giving the Illusion of a More Open Space
  7. Add Floor or Table Lamps – This Will Reflect Light Off the Walls to Brighten the Space
  8. Opt for Light Furniture
  9. Invest in Recessed Lighting
  10. Choose Wide, White Interior Trim – Creates the Illusion of Larger Windows
  11. Choose Light-Colored Lampshades – White or as Close to it as Possible

Learn about more tips to bring more natural light to dark rooms here.

A recent article from Galaxy Draperies compiles multiple design professionals’ feedback, saying, “As a rule, lighter colors will generate feelings of openness as they appear more light and bright like the sky, whereas darker colors give off a heavy feeling and can make you feel more enclosed. Beware of overpowering your home with too much darkness when choosing some of your favorite colors.”

White walls in today’s homes are becoming more and more of a design trend as people are loving a more crisp, clean, and modern look. White can be elegant and open up a space when used in moderation so for this reason, it looks great on walls and can really brighten up a room. It’s also great for making smaller spaces feel larger; however, too much white is sometimes associated with sterility, resembling a medical environment, so use wisely.

Enhance Your Zen by Getting Warm & Cozy

If relaxation is what you crave, introducing cozy living room décor can do wonders for your home when you’re looking to unwind. Consider using décor and fabrics that are soft and touchable, to enhance feelings of comfort and well-being.

Galaxy Draperies’ article also says, “Brown represents a neutral color that can be very grounding in accents as it’s associated in the mind with wood, organics, and stability. Be careful not to overuse though, as monochromatic areas may dull your senses or make you feel sleepy. Blue represents confidence, openness, and stability. The most popular colors for living rooms are light blue for calming.”

Mixing in some of the colors mentioned above are sure to enhance feelings of well-being by encouraging stability and by inducing a calming effect. Remember this is YOUR space so don’t be afraid to mix in items that personally bring you relaxation and contentment. If you find essential oils to be helpful, a nice diffuser can be added to any room.

Here are cozy living room décor ideas to add warmth to your space:

  1. Use Warm-Textured Fabrics Rich in Color
  2. Strategically Place Tall Potted Plants
  3. Trade Coffee Tables for Oversized Ottomans
  4. Use Console Tables to Define Separate Spaces
  5. Fill a Large Living Room with a Large Sectional
  6. Add a Few Throw Blankets
  7. Enhance with Natural Light
  8. Paint Your Walls Two-Toned
  9. Utilize Floor and Table Lamps
  10. Use Floor-To-Ceiling Curtains
  11. Use a Large Area Rug on Hard Surface Floors
  12. Add Warmer Tones to Your Color Palette
  13. Place a Few Candles Throughout

Read about more tips to bring warmth to your space here.

Still not sure which home décor ideas fit your taste? You can even try combining a light and bright space with some cozy living room décor to heighten feelings of warmth and ease. Add some soft throw pillows, blankets, and an oversized ottoman, and you might just get the best of both worlds.

So, whether you are looking for crisp and clean or prefer cabin cozy, either one can provide the comfort and solace you crave after a long day or on a lazy weekend morning! Share your favorite room to cozy up in with us and tag @mihomes!


Jenny Koterba
Jenny Koterba


Jenny has always had a passion for new home construction and the building process, finally deciding to make a career of it in 2014. Her prior experiences in the industry have provided her with a great deal of knowledge that she’s picked up along the way. As the Internet Sales Manager for the Minneapolis Division of M/I Homes, she is here to help answer any questions that you may have. Jenny resides in the Twin Cities area with her husband, two children, and two dogs. She enjoys quality time with family and friends, running, and traveling.