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We all love the feeling of a cosy family evening by the fire, but what really makes it possible?
Well, for starters you have the people that mean the most to you — that’s a given. But then after that, it’s hard to put our finger on what makes those moments truly special. We’ve put our heads together and come up with a few things you might want to think about adding to your home so that you can make it feel like the family home you’ve always wanted.
Bright overhead lights might look great in the modern fitted kitchen, but if you want to relax together in the living room then they’re not such a great idea. When you head into the lounge you’re putting your feet up, you’re chilling out, and you’re making memories together.
Warm white lights allow you to add that cosy and homely atmosphere that you’ve always wanted. Opt for lamps and tea lights rather than overhead lighting in the evening and you’ll all feel that little bit more snug.
There’s nothing like cuddling up with a blanket and lounging back with the help from a few plush cushions is there? If you want everyone to feel at home the moment they come through the door, then you need to find a way to keep your blankets and cushions on display. It might not sound like a big issue, but if you keep everything stored in the spare room, then all that great comfy stuff will be out of sight, and out of mind.
Hang a blanket on the back of the couch, and disperse the scatter cushions all over the place and you’ll notice the difference straight away.
By all means keep your artwork up, but make sure you have plenty of wall space for your family photos. A gallery wall behind the TV and a couple of photo albums on the coffee table would be a great way to add those personal touches to the living room.