How To Decorate A Warm Living Space In Your New Apartment

It’s been a frigid January throughout much of the nation, and the northern Virginia area is no exception. Manassas, where our community of Arcadia Run resides, has certainly seen its fair share of low temperatures and snowfall over the past several weeks. If you’d like to limit venturing into the cold and are interested in switching up the décor in your brand new Arcadia Run apartment, we’ve got the perfect solution. With a few simple changes, you can make your apartment living space appear warmer, inviting and more cozy – making it a welcome reprieve from the cold temperatures outside. Below are some helpful hints in making an enjoyable warm living space in your apartment:


Both natural and artificial light is important in creating a warm atmosphere in your living space. Utilize your natural lights by using window treatments that provide some level of transparency, allowing the natural light to enter the room. The extended windows and large sliding glass doors in our Arcadia Run apartments offer an excellent source of natural light that help create the appearance of a warmer living space. Artificial light can be utilized through lamps with dark-colored lampshades, which help to create an intimate and cozy atmosphere.

Color scheme

If the color scheme of your apartment living space is in the cool blue or grey family, winter could be a good time to switch it up. Blue and grey-based colors can make a room appear cooler, and switching to a color scheme based in warmer colors can be the perfect solution to create a cozier space. Consider rich colors such as yellow, orange, red, brown and beige, and use different shades of these colors to create a “warm” feeling in the room. Implement your new color scheme throughout the room using different fabrics and accessories.   


Keeping your new warm color scheme in mind, choose differing fabrics and textures for the decorative elements in the room. Softer-looking textures and fabrics often make the room appear warm and inviting – think wool, velvet, suede and heavy cotton, as opposed to shiner fabrics such as silk. Adding new pillows with soft fabrics and textures to your couch or armchair is an easy and fun way to make your space appear more warm and inviting. A large area rug can really tie the room together while adding an additional layer of comfort, even for spaces such as Arcadia Run apartments that already have plush carpet.

Candles of different colors, textures and heights can also be a great touch in your living space to create a feeling of warmth, especially if they’re lit. Another idea is to use decorative accessories made of a dark wood to add a warm feeling. A tall bookcase filled with all of your favorite books can add a certain level of coziness and warmth – and provides the additional benefit of easy access when you want to curl up on your couch with a good read! Personal touches – such as favorite books, unique accessories or picture frames – make the room appear lived in and cozy.


Plants are a great and easy way to create the feeling of a warm and inviting living space. Even if you don’t have much of a green thumb, there are plenty of plants that don’t require much maintenance – a few examples are the Boston fern, African violet or peace lily. Make sure you place your plants by your natural source of light to keep them healthy, and check with a professional to make sure you know how to correctly care for your plant.

Redecorating your living space can be a fun project, and when you’re done, you’ll have a warm and inviting space to spend your time in during the chilly months. Arcadia Run residents already have a lot to love about their apartments – including oversized kitchens with granite counters, nine-foot ceilings and extended windows – but a cozy living space is definitely a great addition. And when you’re done with your beautiful and inviting new living space, you can have all of your new Arcadia Run neighbors over to show off how great your new space looks!