The showers have made quite an entry into the city over the last few weeks, and there’s no better time to fully enjoy the comforts of your home. Whether it’s curling up with a good book or enjoying a hot beverage, monsoons are the perfect time to just unwind indoors. To do that, you want to make sure your home is cosy and inviting – no matter what the weather outside. We’ve come up with a few interior design ideas for the living room from furniture to decor, to help you do just that.

Focus on Fragrance
Comfort is a state of mind, and in order to achieve it, it is essential to take all the senses into consideration, not just visual aesthetics. There are several ways to use fragrance to bring a vibe of relaxation to your living room.Go for scented candles, potpourri and diffusers to make your space look welcoming while giving off divine, natural fragrances. Opt for calming scents like lavender and jasmine they have a delicate fragrance and a calming effect on the environment. Electric diffusers are a great option for those with children, as it removes the risk of an open flame.

Layer with Rugs
Rugs can completely change the feel of a room, and make for great living room decor elements. Start by adding some warm rugs under your nesting or coffee tables. If you feel bold, experiment with layering different, random rugs. A smaller rug on top of a larger one helps define seating areas and creates visual interest. To get an idea of how a certain size rug would look in your space, lay a bed sheet folded to the size of the floor where you’re considering a rug. Soft faux fur or shaggy rugs are great to add that element of comfort to a living room. A tiled or marble floor can get pretty cold, temperature wise during the monsoon, so accessorizing with rugs can go a long way to add warmth!

Accessorize with cushions and throw pillows
Cushions are essential when it comes to making a room seem cosy and lived in. Do not be afraid to mix prints, colours and sizes. Make sure you invest in good quality fillers that will last you a long time without going flat. You can mix shapes too! Play around with square, rectangular, box, round and bolster cushions. Remember, you don’t have to restrict your cushions to your sofas. A giant floor cushion can, not only be a great décor element but also creates a chic, homely vibe.

Create a Book Nook
Not only does a bookshelf instantly create a sense of comfort in your drawing room interiors, but it is also a great way to reflect one’s personality. Place a classic bookshelf in a corner by a comfy armchair and a rug, to create a warm and cosy spot to unwind in at the end of a long day. There are several ways to accessorize a bookshelf, you can arrange books by colour or by size. Intersperse the books with pieces of decor to give it a more styled look.

Light up!
We don’t often take it into consideration, but lighting plays a huge role in how comfy and inviting home can look. Stark white light can make a space look cold and formal, so opt for warm yellow lighting. To make your living room cosier, go big on accent lights. From table lamps to fairy lights and even candles, your living room can look instantly more homely with these additions as opposed to standard functional ceiling lights.