Christmas living room ideas

Christmas living room decorating ideas to get you in the festive spirit

From country craft garlands to modern monochrome marvels, let these Christmas decorations transform your home

Give your home some festive flair this holiday with our gorgeous Christmas living room decorating ideas. From dressing the tree to jazzing up the fireplace, we’ve found ways to make every corner of your space fun and festive.

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1. Give a dark room a golden glow

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The tree, candles and cut glass champagne glasses are the only Christmas touches in this room, and while relatively minimal they are more than enough to add a merry look to the space. The tree has been placed in a black streamlined pot to tie in with the dark grey walls. Warm white fairy lights give the tree a soft yellow glow that brings out the golden yellow tones in the cushions on the sofa.

Paper decorations have been layered with glass baubles and silver dipped pine cones to create a tree that is literally dripping in texture. Even the gold and navy wrapping paper has been colour coordinated to compliment the room.

2. Pair panelling with a traditional colour scheme

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If you have a traditional living room, perhaps with panelling, complement it with a traditional berry red and green colour scheme. The beauty of this mis-matched traditional decorating style is that you can easily add to your collection of ornaments over the years, layering them together to create an eclectic but elegant tree.

Scatter bunches of eucalyptus and red berries along the mantlepiece. Make the most of a high ceiling by wrapping foliage around a piece of string and hanging it down the wall ready to attach Christmas cards to.

3. Embrace a neutral base with baubles in white and silver

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Stay true to your neutral decorating style by going for a paired back look with your decorations that add just the right amount of sparkle. The owners have decorated their tree with statement large baubles, which are set to be a big trend. They have stuck to a silver and white theme so that they complement rather than rally against the living room interior.

The foliage hung over the mantlepiece adds a splash of vibrant green, whilst keeping to the naturally chic theme.

4. Create a festive feature wall

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This woodland wallpaper is beautiful at any time of year, but teamed with festive mantel decorations and a real tree, it’s a stunning Scandi-style backdrop to your Christmas celebrations. With a nod to a more refined Nordic style, this look blends neat furnishings with painted and light-toned woods, wicker and woven textures.

5. Go for glamour


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The crucial element here is plush texture, so pick a velvet-covered chair, a brocade curtain, a silk cushion… or all three! Furniture should be metal and glass, but if wood works for you, go with dark walnut. You could also paint existing pieces dark grey to make them fit in.

6. Match your decs to your furniture


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Mismatched colourful sofas are all the rage right now.If you have them at home, try dressing your tree in the same shades as your upholstery to bring the whole room together. Add votives in these colours, too.

7. Introduce a midas touch

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Don’t be afraid of a little bling! From soft, aged tones to brassy and rich bronze shades, gold adds warmth and elegance. It’s a no-brainer at Christmas, but gold can be used as an accent colour all year round to lift and finish a simple room scheme.

8. Add winter warmers

Festive Country Living Room with Window Seat and Red Accents

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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.

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9. Don’t forget the holly and the ivy


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Give your living space the traditional Christmas treatment and opt for a classic red and green colour scheme. A real tree is a must for a modern country home, festooned with deep crimson baubles and folk-inspired paper ornaments. Continue the theme onto the walls with a sage green matt paint and dress with a red berry wreath. Add a few mismatched cushions in winter florals, a cosy scarlet throw and framed prints to finish the décor.

10. Let it glow!


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Use warm honey-coloured Christmas lights, ornamental candles and firelight to create a deeply rich and cosy scheme. Even a pared-back traditional room will come to life with a festive ambiance when dressed in toffee colours and yellow gold. Black and white baubles add contrast and crispness to the look. Stick to your monochrome and metallic palette when wrapping your presents for the ultimate finishing touch.

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11. Go far out with foliage


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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.

12. Rock around the Christmas tree


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Christmas decorating doesn’t need to feature angels and mistletoe; with a little imagination you can add seasonal cheer to an industrial space and keep your cool credentials. Top your tree with a Sputnik-style ornament and use neon lighting to get an edgy vibe that ties in with the rock and roll references.

Oversized paper decorations in red, white and blue are a fun addition to the scheme and a minimal glass serving dish is filled with chocolate coins as a centrepiece to the coffee table.

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13. Make it a Christmas to remember


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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.

14. Transform an old favourite


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Create a festive focal point by taking over a bookcase with a display of Christmas curiosities. In this modern white living room, alphabet mugs spell out a message to Santa while stags, cats and bird sculptures peep out from behind ornamental trees and deep green glassware. Magical touches such as the crown and a white owl bring a hint of Narnia to the scheme that will delight children. Finally add shape and texture with a cluster of honeycomb paper spheres in a variety of sizes.

15. Use copper and rose gold


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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 room’s décor and create a harmonious festive feeling without dominating the room.

16. Make up a mantelpiece


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If you’re lucky enough to have an open fire in your home, make the most of it at Christmas by stocking up on logs and dressing the mantelpiece with festive ornaments and evergreens. A coal scuttle and log basket are practical fireside essentials but also lend a room a cosy country feel.

17. Keep it simple


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Keep decorations simple for a scheme that evokes the style of Christmas past. A floral arrangement in seasonal hues brings good cheer to this traditional living room. All it takes to complete the look is a classic pine garland, a bowl of festive fruits, and some twinkling tea lights. If you’re expecting guests, polish up your best tableware and present it on an elegant tray along with a bowlful of sweet treats.

18. Include a drinks station


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If you don’t have a single accessible space for guests to refresh their glasses in the evening, why not bring a selection of drinks into some of the shared spaces around the house?

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This cabinet provides smart storage space for an ice bucket, cocktail shaker, glassware and wines and spirits, allowing everyone to fix their own drinks without having to head off to the kitchen.

How will you be decorating your living room this Christmas?

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