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 DictateShop Christmas trees now!
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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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 PlayfulShop Christmas stockings now!
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.
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.
(image credit: 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.
(image credit: 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.
(image credit: Courtney Browning)
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Decorate with a Single Color
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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.
(image credit: Kristin Cadwallader)
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 ElementsShop Christmas decorations now!
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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Brighten the Room with Citrus Colors
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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.
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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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
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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
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 SchemeShop fun Christmas stockings now!
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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Make Everything Glow
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Decorate with AntiquesHoliday Classic: Shop Christmas ornaments now!
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.
Sparkle and metallics combine with snow-white and silver decor for a one-of-a-kind look in this dreamy Christmas living room.
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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