Pretty Christmas Living Rooms

Don't stop at the Christmas tree—extend your Christmas decorations through the whole living room. These Christmas decorating ideas will have your space overflowing with cheer, whatever your decorating style.

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    Let Bold Decor Dictate

    If you have bold accents in your living room, let them shine year-round with coordinating holiday decor. The bright blue credenza serves as the perfect starting point for a fun and festive color scheme. Light blue, hot pink, lime green, and bright white ornaments are ideal accents throughout this cozy Christmas living room. 

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    Utilize Vintage Finds

    If you yearn for the feel of Christmases past, draw inspiration from vintage Christmas decorations. Burlap, subtle red accents, and live greens perfectly accent paint-chipped furniture and old glass ornaments. Poinsettia plants add to the classic Christmas look.

     

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    Use Traditional Elements for a Classic Look

    Christmas living rooms don't need to be a total redesign. Strong red plaids and natural greens combine with existing woodsy elements to create a cozy cabin look. Faux fur blankets and a roaring fire make the room warm and inviting.

     

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    Get Inspired: Living Room Tour

    Use these ideas to reduce stress when coming up with living room Christmas decor. Mimic the look of this stylish Christmas living room, which features natural elements (like a driftwood wreath)and timeless red-and-green decor.

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    Add Some Shine with Metallics

    For a look that's festive but calm, try an array of metallic decorations. A great option for neutral homes—your year-round decor will look like it was handpicked for your Christmas living room.

     

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    Keep It Simple and Playful

    Spread holiday cheer with Christmas home decor to more than just your main living room. Try dressing up a second living space or playroom. Let the kids add handmade ornaments to a tree that's the perfect height. Fun and easy crafts, like our cardboard Christmas trees, make the room playful and kid-friendly. 

     

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    Choose Decorations That are Warm and Bright

    Layers of texture in this Christmas living room make you want to stay a while. White plates and platters on the wall function well as an accent during the holidays but are also a great focal point year-round. Pom-pom garland and classic snowflake ornaments unite the tree with the room's decor.

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    Use a DIY Garland to Liven Up Your Room

    It only takes a few supplies to make this elegant garland: string, hot glue, and cardstock. This Christmas living room decoration is perfect for dressing up a mantel or staircase, or even as the focal point for your tree decor.

     

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    Add Unique Mantel Details

    Upgrade your wreath game in a major way. Shape artificial garland to spell out a sweet sentiment and hang above a fireplace or bookshelf. Add some pops of red to your living room Christmas decor and you'll have a look that's both classic and unique. 

     

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    Start with the Focal Point

    Often the best place to start is the natural focal point of the living room. In this case, the fireplace acts as a natural foundation and is brought to the forefront thanks to festive greenery and a berry-accented garland across the mantel. A pitcher of greenery on one side is balanced by a miniature wreath on the other, and the whole vignette is completed by quaint painted letters that spell "Noel." With a solid focal point, all it takes to finish the room is a collection of lanterns and a bowl of ornaments on the coffee table.
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    Jennifer Bridgman)

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    Add Personal Touches

    This year, spend time filling your Christmas house decorations with personal touches that transcend the trends. Fill mantel and tabletop spaces with your favorite scented candles, add looped greenery garlands to the fireplace, and string another along your gallery collection of family photographs. Finish with a collection of tiny tabletop Christmas trees.
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    Christie Wright)

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    Go with Bright Colors

    Give traditional colors a break and use the rainbow to inspire your cozy Christmas living room decorations. Bright blue, pink, green, and gold ornaments hang from the tree, giving new meaning to the term "merry and bright." Wrap presents in brightly colored wrapping paper and hang a colorful beaded garland from the windows to round out the eclectic decorating scheme.

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    Use Fabric Details

    By nature, a living room is meant to be a special place to relax and spend time with family and friends. Get the look by layering a collection of old and new fabric-wrapped details—things like soft upholstered seating, linen drapes, and pillows. Finish with framed holiday family photos, greenery tucked into vases, and a decked out Christmas tree arranged in a place of honor.
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    Courtney Browning)

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    Decorate with a Single Color

    A single-color flourish can be a great way to emphasize the season. Wrap a ribbon around a pillow and lampshade, tuck cuts of wrapping paper in your color of choice behind glass or in a frame, and consider a faux flower gathering inside a lamp base or in a vase.
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    Go Sophisticated

    Although the classic red-and-green scheme has dominated holiday living rooms, this modern sitting room proves that your existing color palette can inspire the prettiest of holiday themes. Black, white, gold, and gray mix together in both ornamental and everyday vignettes for a look that feels transitional and on point.
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    Kristin Cadwallader)

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    Choose Natural Details

    Go for a rustic Christmas decor scheme this year. Utilize driftwood, fresh greens, red berries, and birch logs to add natural color to your Christmas living room decor. A full mantel celebrates the natural elements of the season.

     

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    Hang a Unique Wreath

    Give your Christmas decorations an upgrade with a nontraditional wreath. Fill a wicker basket with freshly clipped evergreen boughs and berried twigs from the backyard, and hang it above the fireplace. Tie the decor together with more greenery on your mantel or in a vase. Already have something over your mantel? Use this idea for a unique Christmas door decoration. 

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    Use Rustic Elements

    Create a rustic holiday living room with simple, natural accouterments like grain-sack stockings, olive leaf wreaths, and pops of French blue in the pillows, on the mantel, and throughout the Christmas ornaments. For an easy furniture transformation, cover your sofa and chairs with linen sheets—tres chic!

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    Let the Tree Shine

    A colorful Christmas tree demands attention, so keep the rest of your decor low-key, especially in a small space. We love the way silver and green elements on the mantel give this room an elegant feel, while birch logs add a touch of country comfort.

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    Make Your Decorations Sparkle

    Dress up your living room with sparkling Christmas decorations. Vases filled with ornaments and a blue beaded swag shimmer on the mantel, while a frosted Christmas tree glimmers with white lights and icy blue and silver accent ornaments.

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    Brighten the Room with Citrus Colors

    If your living room boasts furniture with retro appeal, you're halfway to this simply groovy living room. A pretty, warm color scheme and playful accents like paper Christmas ornaments, polka dots, and a party-ready bar create a funky, vintage Christmas decoration atmosphere.

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    Swap Artwork for Christmas-Theme Prints

    The Christmas tree is often the focal point of the living room, but remember to spread a little cheer throughout the room. If you're wondering how to decorate a small living room for Christmas, look to the walls. Replace everyday artwork with Yuletide-theme images, such as the framed vintage poster shown here.

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    Try This: 5 Easy Christmas Themes

    One of these five Christmas themes is sure to fit your style: crafty, vintage, contemporary, rustic, and monochromatic. Take a peek and see what Christmas decor elements make these looks work.

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    Utilize a Small Space

    A cozy arrangement can set the stage for your entire living room, and it's a great way to show off your favorite vintage Christmas decorations. Display cards on an antique shutter or door, and add height to a teeny Christmas tree with an old toboggan.

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    Add Tradition-Inspired Pieces

    Tall socks create cozy stockings, and a stack of vintage suitcases invite Santa to come on down. Candles and poinsettias on the coffee table maintain the classic feel of this Christmas decor. A burlap table runner sets the rustic coffee table scene.

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    Opt for Neutral Colors

    A traditional living room is the perfect setting for Dickens-era Christmas decorations. The crisp chocolate-and-white color scheme keeps all eyes on the tree in this stately living room, while fun touches like a pom-pom garland and candy tray add hints of Christmas mischief.

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    Embellish with Greenery

    An arrangement of greenery will add warmth to your Christmas decorating scheme. A stunning wreath can hang easily from a mirror, and little dishes filled with evergreen twigs and pinecones add cozy, natural details that are so easy to put together.

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    Make Easy Christmas Decorations

    Christmas home decor is fun to plan year after year. Add extra wow-factor to your living room and the rest of your house with these five decorating ideas, like a no-fail mantel design and a trail of swags going up the stair rail.

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    Use Nontraditional Christmas Decorations

    Inspire awe with an outside-the-box Christmas living room. Display fruits and plants on the coffee table. Instead of a traditional tree, use small potted evergreens as festive bookends to a fireplace.

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    Try a Unique Color Scheme

    Punch up traditional red and green with pops of fuchsia. Introduce the color in small doses: a throw on the couch, ribbon on a wreath, trim around a lampshade, or even gift wrap on the packages. Here, miniature white Christmas trees are decked all in pink to bring the color center stage.

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    Play Up Colors in Your Home

    Use the existing color scheme in your living room to inspire your holiday decorations. Wide gold ribbon wrapped around the Christmas tree ties into the golden walls to create an earthy but elegant look. Off-white stockings match the fireplace and the silvery ornaments on the tree.

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    Utilize Existing Shelf Space

    Clear your display shelves and replace everyday elements with wrapped gifts. It will save you some room under the tree and add height to your Christmas decorations. For a consistent look, decorate the tree and the gifts in a similar color scheme.

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    Create a Kid-Friendly Room

    Make a winter wonderland with candy store inspiration and miniature Christmas trees. Fill jars with classic holiday favorites, like peppermint sticks and ribbon candy. Bring in the colors of the existing decor with a colorful tray to hold the candy containers.

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    Keep Christmas Additions Casual

    For a formal space, keep things simple with low-key Christmas decorations. Here, the stately tree becomes the room's focal point, bearing a graceful assortment of vintage ornaments. Sprigs of greenery, gold pinecones, and leaf vines add sparkle and cheer to the mantel and coffee table.

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    Tour a Christmas House

    See how a pretty living room translates into an entire Christmas house. Get inspiration for Christmas door decorations, vintage decor, and turning a bookcase into a holiday bar.

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    Use a Simple Color Scheme

    A classic white living room can be holiday-ready with just a few cozy accents and pops of red. Crafty trees on the mantel and birch logs in the fireplace set a whimsical stage for bright red stockings and accent pillows. A wood bead garland and felt pillows complete the look.

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    Add Cheer Without a Mantel

    The fireplace is the central point of many living rooms. Have a fireplace but no mantel? Lush accessories like an oversize wreath and berry-covered cone trees will add a dose of Christmas cozy to your modern fireplace.

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    Choose a Smaller Tree

    A tiny tree can have just as much Christmas spirit as a full-size tree with the help of a height-boosting planter and a bold color scheme. Let the tree's colors dictate the rest of your Christmas decorations for an allover look.

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    Make Everything Glow

    The sparkling gold Christmas ornaments and shimmering gold garland make this living room glow in the natural afternoon light. At night, the fireplace creates a scene of dancing lights. Bringing in existing colors of the room (like gold and white) makes this room have a cohesive look.

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    Decorate with Antiques

    Antiques can bring personality and history to your Christmas decorations. This living room features ornate candle sconces above the fireplace, five generations of ornaments on the Christmas tree, and a weathered but beautiful trunk. Putting old-fashioned ribbon candy on display finishes the antique Christmas look.

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    Glamorous Christmas

    Sparkle and metallics combine with snow-white and silver decor for a one-of-a-kind look in this dreamy Christmas living room.

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    Red and Green Reimagined

    Keep the traditional red and green color scheme this Christmas, but decorate in fresh new ways! Watch to find out how.

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    Fun and Festive Christmas Color Schemes

    Break out of the red and green rut with pretty Christmas color schemes that will wow your guests. From pink and green to silver and gold, we show you how to get your holiday decor looking merry and bright for the season.
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