Pretty Christmas Living Rooms

Add some Christmas cheer to your living room with these decorating tips to change your house from everyday to holiday.

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Seasonal Focus
Seasonal Focus

    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.

Simply Christmas

    The Christmas tree is often the focal point of the living room, but remember to spread a little cheer throughout the room. Replace everyday artwork with yuletide-theme images, such as the framed vintage poster shown here.

Small & Mighty

    Choose a smaller tree to avoid overwhelming a cozy room. To give a downsized tree more prominence and height, pot it in a tall garden urn. Then outfit the tree with an out-of-the-ordinary color scheme, such as the aqua and orange seen here, which can be incorporated into the rest of the room.

Delectable Collectibles

    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.

Code Red

    If red is already a main hue in your living room color scheme, simply play it up for Christmas. Incorporate different tones of red into your Christmas tree, and add a few seasonal accents, such as the red berry wreaths hung from the curtain rod.

Subtly Christmas

    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.

Pop of Color

    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.

For the Kids

    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.

Shelf Space

    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.

Take a Hint

    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.

Vintage Inspiration

    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.

Cheery in Red

    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.

Improvise in Style

    Have a fireplace, but no mantel? Compensate for the bare facade with an oversize wreath, which fills the space above the fireplace. Complete the look by adding some festive decorations to the hearth, such as berry branches in a pitcher or miniature decorative cone trees.

A Balancing Act

    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.

Casual Elegance

    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.

An Old-Fashioned Christmas

    Red and green -- framed by white -- serve as the signature colors of this homey space. The living room draws extra charm from a coffered ceiling and a fireplace made of local stone. A tabletop tree on the mantel adds to the holiday atmosphere.

Make Everything Sparkle

    Let your living room decorations make a stunning first impression when guests arrive. Add bling to your Christmas tree with glass ornaments, silver orbs, and silver-painted flowers, then let the accents sparkle with candles strategically placed around the room.

Golden Garland

    The sparkling gold ornaments and shimmering gold garland make the light colors of this living room glow in the natural afternoon light. At night, the fireplace creates a scene of dancing lights.

Cabin-Style Christmas Cheer

    Stay true to your decorating roots. Coordinate holiday decorations to fit the style of the house. Here, this cabin used earthy reds, greens, and golds for Christmas cheer.

Woodsy Wonderland

    For a smaller room, update preexisting furniture and accessories. A glass lamp base is filled with shiny ornaments, and footed silver bowls display fruits and poinsettias on the coffee table. Instead of a traditional tree, small potted evergreens are shaped into tall topiaries.

Wrapped in Warmth & Ribbons

    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.

Dazzle with Traditional Colors

    In this elegant living room, red and green are cast in supporting roles, while gold is the shining star. A display of gilded frames above the fireplace creates a backdrop for a mantel lined with gold trees and candles, while gold reindeers take center stage on the coffee table.

Beautiful Mantel

    Whimsical bows rest on the mantel swag, and red-plaid ribbons offer a jolly contrast to the elegance of sage-green wood paneling. Fanciful Father Christmas figures flank the hearth.

Garlands & Wreaths

    A stately Christmas tree stands in the corner of this living room, while a well-dressed mantel is adorned with oranges and lots of holiday cheer.

Utilize Antiques

    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.

Reindeer & Poinsettias

    Bright poinsettias and Santa's sleigh set the holiday scene in this living room. A red-and-green drum added to the coffee table and a Santa pillow tossed on the sofa reinforce the theme.

Wintry Silhouettes

    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.

Pattern Appeal

    This room sports a medley of patterns, prints, and textures. Festive year-round, it's especially cheerful at Christmas with a sparkling tree and a festive mantel.

Warm Gold

    A golden living room with a French limestone mantel showcases an antique console and rug. The lush Christmas tree, decorated in flowers, gold ribbons, and sparkling lights, makes the room glow.

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