More than ever, our homes need to function as a calming haven that is our escape from the world. Comfort is paramount. Whether you’re kicking back to watch a movie or enjoying a delicious family meal, your home should inspire relaxation and reflect comfortable and stylish interior design in every room. The key is figuring out how to balance comfort and style in all your spaces.
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For starters, comfortable home design simply comes down to spaces that suit your lifestyle and taste. If you enjoy breakfast in bed, make it a point to have a comfy bed and nice sheets (and a tray to avoid spills!). If you love entertaining family and friends, be sure you have enough dining chairs and a big table. Or if you have a favorite reading corner in your house, warm it up with a cozy armchair, a soft rug, and good lighting.
To provide you with some inspiration and guidance, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite ways to infuse rooms with comfort and style. Read on to get our best comfortable interior design ideas and how to bring them to life in your home.
1. Opt for a Plush Sectional
Every comfortable living room should have a deep seating option, especially if you have kids. It provides a comfy place for you to kick back and relax with your family, have movie nights with friends, or even just stretch out for an afternoon nap. We love a sectional for extra space, but it’s up to you if you want a sofa or a sectional.
Whichever option you go with, top it with fun patterned pillows to give it some extra cushioning. If you’re not sure that one will fit in your living space, don’t worry. There are plenty of options available and you’ll easily find a more compact design that’s just as stylish and cozy.Shop This Look
2. Incorporate Plenty of Textures
Plush pillows and soft tapestry. Baskets and natural fibers. Smooth leather and rough natural woods. A combination of textures is a key element to any comfortable home design.
It’s about engaging all the senses in every room of the house, so experiment with a wide mix. Try pairing a leather bench with a slipcovered sofa, hang an eye-catching chandelier in front of a mirror above your mantel, or go for the raw-wood headboard and offset it with piles of soft linen pillows. Get creative with your furniture and accent mix and see what suits your taste.Shop This Look
3. Play WIth Pops of Pattern
When it comes to instant style, patterns are a great way to add visual interest and a personal touch to any space in the home. It also provides a strong sense of comfort. Case in point: These buffalo check curtains show how having just one large-scale print can set a warm and inviting tone in a room.
If you’re not one for a lot of color and pattern in your house, try adding bright accents such as printed pillows, bold wall art, and quirky design objects that you can switch out as needed. This lets you ease in patterns without committing in a big way.
4. Pile on The Rugs
If you’re looking to cozy up a room, try layering rugs to add comfort and style from the ground up. It’s a key design element for a comfortable home as it sets a solid foundation in rooms that adds depth, durable texture, and padding for the feet.
This is an especially great tip for kids’ rooms, in bedrooms, and anywhere you want to dampen noise in the house and keep your toes warm. For a foolproof pairing, use a natural-fiber rug as the strong foundation in a room then layer a soft cowhide or fluffy sheepskin on top for a plush finishing touch.
5. Pull In Some Poufs
These timeless versatile pieces are must-haves in any home. Not only do poufs make for comfortable extra seating, footrests, and even makeshift side tables that can be used in any room in the house, they’re also endlessly chic and durable.
For those of you looking for a low-lift design update in the living room, a pair of matching poufs makes for a pretty and practical solution for a casual and comfy space.
6. Add an Overstuffed Chair
Make it a point to design a comfortable bedroom that’s more than just a great bed. Find room for an oversized armchair that gives you a cozy spot to curl up with a book or relax with a cup of coffee. It’s the perfect bedroom seating idea that provides comfort and practicality, but it also adds stylish appeal and can help balance out the look in your room. Your bedroom is your most private space in the home, so make it your ultimate haven for rest and relaxation.
7. Layer Your Lighting
Good lighting is one of the most important design considerations in a home. Not only does well-placed lighting set the mood in a room, but it can also play up a warm and comfortable atmosphere. But it can be tricky to pull off.
One way to work in lighting is to layer it at different heights—candles for ambiance, pendants and floor lamps for tasks like reading, sconces for a stylish and evocative glow. No matter your space, try having at least two light sources for an even spread.
8. Snuggle Up to an Upholstered Headboard
In our book, a comfortable home includes a cozy and stylish bedroom. You can instantly dial up the comfort and style in your bedroom by adding a soft tufted headboard as the centerpiece. The plush texture and curves will make it a captivating focal point in the bedroom while also offering you padded support.
Balance it out with other luxurious accents, such glamorous lighting, a bold rug, and a chic bench. The goal is to design a room that makes you want to sleep in on the weekends and turn in early on weeknights.
9. Get Cozy With a Sheepskin Rug
When it comes to a chic accent that offers comfort, style, and endless versatility in the home, a sheepskin rug tops our list.
It can serve as a comfortable soft landing under any furniture in the living room, one can be draped over a dining or desk chair as plush support, and it can be layered over other rugs in the bedroom for some added cozy texture underfoot. Plus, sheepskins work with any style of furniture, room, or design, which means you can rest assured that they’ll never go out of style.Shop This Look
10. Add Lush Layers of Bedding
Your bed is the most comfortable hideout in your home. Design the top of your bed as you would the rest of your room with layers of dreamy bedding, soft and textured throw pillows, blankets that add color and warmth, and a perfectly plush comforter. It’s the most simple—and the most luxurious—update you can make in the home to create endless comfort and cozy.Shop This Look