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Introducing your Christmas tree to the flow of your existing living room may take a little leg work. Consider rearranging your furniture so the pieces are grouped around the tree. If furniture is oriented towards the fireplace or TV, angle your chairs and sofa slightly so the tree becomes the focus.
Display Christmas keepsakes in groupings around your living room, rather than just in one spot. Here, Santa figurines line the mantel and the flanking shelves. The arrangement on the ottoman extends the Santa Claus theme to the rest of the room.
Editor's Tip: Add visual interest by incorporating traditional elements (such as the poinsettias shown here) to some of your groupings. This also is an easy way to expand your displays.
On the flipside, if your living room features a neutral color palette, introduce a few pops of red for Christmas. Nonseasonal accents, such as red pillows or candles, will help retain the living room's original look without going into Christmas overload. Keep the Christmas look subtle by adding potted evergreens or rosemary plants on a sofa table and a simple garland above the door.
Punch up traditional red and green with a zing of an unexpected hue, such as 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 feather trees are bedecked all in pink to bring the color center stage.
Create a winter wonderland with candy store inspiration and miniature trees. Fill large glass jars with classic Christmas favorites, such as peppermint sticks and ribbon candy. Accent the space with small tabletop Christmas trees decorated with candy.
Clear your display shelves of their everyday elements and replace with boxes wrapped in pretty papers and ribbons that match your holiday decor. In this room, trendy blue and brown mingle with white and gray to create a frosty, elegant Christmas look.
Use your living room's existing decor as a guide to developing a Christmas look. Here, an arrangement of blue and gold Christmas balls, along with an evergreen wreath trimmed with blue ribbon, reflect the room's color scheme and traditional styling. A red chenille throw adds another dose of Christmas cheer to the scene.
This monochromatic ivory vignette gets its eye-catching appeal from a mix of textures and materials. Bristly, bottle brush trees contrast with the smooth surface of the painted panel, which also serves as the display's backdrop. The metal cross, wall sconce, and stone statue are softened with ruffled pillows and a tapestry of the Holy Family.
A red toile sofa gets dressed for the holidays with the addition of luxe crimson and white pillows. Small seasonal extras bring the Christmas look full circle. Wrapped presents are perched on side tables and the coffee table is topped with a potted orchid resting inside an ornament-filled basket.
Editor's Tip: Replace artwork with wreaths for Christmas, or hang wreaths over existing frames as shown here.
Look to your home's architectural style to forge a holiday decorating path. This home's woodland lodge-inspired styling is echoed in the Christmas decorations. Traditional red and green ornaments, plenty of pinecones, and miniature Christmas trees are at home with the weathered-wood walls and stone fireplace of this comfy living room.
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 red, gold, and silver ornaments. Sprigs of greenery, gold pinecones, and leaf vines lounge on the mantel, and candle and ornament arrangements add sparkle to the side table and coffee table.
Unexpected colors, such as key lime and shell pink, set a tropical holiday mood. Bundled flowers stand in as a tree topper instead of the expected star.
Antiques -- such as the ornate candle scones above the fireplace, five-generations worth of ornaments on the Christmas tree, and a weathered old trunk -- fill this living room with history. The boughs of magnolia draped across the mantel and the square wreath hung above are fresh additions to the decor.
This year, forget about searching for the perfect pine. Fabricate a grouping of tannenbaums from branches gathered from the yard. Exhibit the statuesque sticks in tall glass cylinders filled with rock-salt crystals. Embellish the branches with white doves, and place them in front of a window to spotlight their forms.
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