Christmas is the time of year we love to bring the outside in. Fragrant pine trees are decorated with twinkling fairy lights and placed in the corner of living rooms and the halls are decked with boughs of holly.
If you want to achieve a cosy, country Christmas living room this year, opt for rustic finishes layered with festive sprigs and snuggly soft furnishings such as woollen throws and tartan cushions. Keep the fireplace stocked up with logs for a continuous warm glow that will make your space comforting, sociable and perfect for country-style entertaining with close friends and family.
If you have a neutral living room scheme, brighten it up with festive colours and create a Scandi-style theme by opting for a large pine tree laden with red and white decorations. Dress the mantelpiece with garlands of glossy green holly, scarlet berries and pine cones, and place a large, wooden vintage-style trunk in the centre of a thick woven rug for a makeshift coffee table and storage for cosy throws and blankets.
Be inspired by the Highlands for this year’s country Christmas living room look and transform your space into a festive winter cabin with statement pieces like a tartan wing chair, a shaggy sheepskin rug and a single cushion embroidered with a Highland cattle motif.
Get creative and craft rag garlands and card strings to decorate a cosy fireplace. Mix the colours of a countryside Christmas in pine green and holly red along with ditsy florals and traditional tartan in stockings and throws. Carve rosy apples into tea light holders for another shot of red and dress the mantel with cheery cyclamen and eucalyptus.
Welcome the magic of Christmas into your living room with a deep winter palette. A smart herringbone sofa looks cosy set against smoky green walls and layered with a knitted throw, while a floral rug keeps the room pretty and toasty for present opening. The real tree is given a less-is-more approach with rustic wood-cut stars and pretty paper shapes in vibrant red.
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Be bold with fresh foliage to make a big impact in a white modern living room. Stick with evergreens such as eucalyptus and ferns for fragrance and longevity, then go supersize for a playful twist on the traditional festive wreath. The simple colours evoke the snow-topped forests of Scandinavia, working well with the soft grey sofa and faux fur throw. A few festive ornaments finish the look while retaining a laid-back feel.
Tap into the colour trend of the year with rose gold accessories and tree decorations. Create a beautiful focal point at the over mantel mirror with an abundance of long tapered candles in different metallic finishes. A few generous copper baubles will tie the tree in to the whole rooms décor and create a harmonious festive feeling without dominating the room.
Red country spot throw
Layer up the cosiness with woollen blankets and cushions for fireside armchairs. Keeping additional throws close to hand in baskets or blanket boxes will allow your guests to snuggle up on sofas, armchairs and window seats without having to ask. Look for Christmassy designs in keeping with your furniture and your tree for a room scheme that looks effortlessly co-ordinated.
Wicker heart wreath
Create a warm atmosphere by lighting candles on the mantlepiece. Cheerful red and white cushions and crocheted or knitted blankets set the scene for a country Christmas away from it all with good friends. Stock up with a tub of bubbly to toast the season.
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