From comfortable furnishings to decorative accents, featured in this edition of “Interior Inspirations” are decorating tips on how to create a cozy den.
In some houses, the den is the place to relax and lounge, while the separate living room is reserved as a formal place to entertain guests.
Since many dens are often found in the basement (which generally tends to be dark and drab), don’t assume that your den has to look like a man cave. With a few well-placed feminine touches and some added warmth, it’s easy to turn a dingy basement into a cozy den that your whole family will want to spend time in.
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How to Create a Cozy Den
FURNITURE: To get started with, your selection of furniture and seating will instantly set the tone for your den. To create an inviting space, opt for neutral colors that are on the warm side. Chocolate brown is a perfect example of a hue that is both masculine and warm.
ENTERTAINMENT: Since no den is complete without an entertainment center, opt for an entertainment console to house your books, CDs, DVDs, and flat screen television. Look for a unit that features several compartments and shelves, which provide additional storage to keep your den tidy and organized.
STORAGE: For extra storage (to stow away unused blankets), a simple solution is storage boxes and vintage trunks. These come in a wide variety of patterns, textures, and designs, which adds visual interest to the den, in addition to providing function.
ACCESSORIES: Plush extras like cushy throw pillows, plush area rugs, and faux-fur blankets not only add instant warmth, they also bring in a cozy, feminine touch to the space, balancing the masculinity of the furniture. In addition, these elements can incorporate cheery vibrant colors, interesting patterns and designs, and eye-catching details to liven up the den.
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