Give your room a fresh holiday look with these creative ideas using traditional Christmas colors and decorations.
When it comes to holiday decorating, you can add a little or a lot depending on your style. Toss some red pillows and throws on the sofa and a pair of wreaths on the wall (mounted over existing mirrors) for little touches. Take it a step further by swapping out the area rug for one with red (or green) stripes and trading lampshades to a Christmas color, too.
Swap out a few everyday accessories on the side table for family photographs framed in red or green wrapping paper. Cut a photo mat from the paper (or wrap an existing mat), then remove the frame's back and slide the wrapping paper and photo into place.
Instead of a candle, place a tiny evergreen or artificial tree in a silver lantern. Dust the tree and glass sides with artificial snow.
Make your living room Christmas-ready with little effort: On shelves already displaying everyday collectibles, mix in a few containers filled with Christmas cards and ornaments, dress up existing window treatments with holiday embellishments, and trim the tree in a red and green color scheme with shimmery accents of silver or white. (For more details on each of these ideas, see the following slides.)
A holiday decoration in an unexpected place has added charm. Use a safety pin to attach a ribbon-tied red ornament to the back of an upholstered chair that isn't arranged against a wall.
Continue to enjoy memories from Christmases past by displaying photos of previous holidays. In a larger picture frame, mount a photo on the center of a piece of holiday gift wrap or red or green fabric.