Festive ideas for every inch of your living room

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  • Make your living room the star of the Christmas decorating show

    Have a very contemporary Christmas

    An all-white living room can be the perfect gift when it comes to Christmas decorating. Simply add colour, play with a white-on-white palette, or, which has been done here, keep the space monotone and natural.

    Take cuttings of ivy from the garden and curl them around mirrors and fire mantels, over pictures and along one or two shelves. Add a festive ambience with scented candles.

    Monochrome magic

    The graphic power of black and white is always arresting. White card wreaths and a modern tree keep this festive living room scheme looking minimal and contemporary.

    In the pink

    A large ornate mirror bounces light around this living room making it appear more spacious. Pink pleat wallpaper paired with brightly coloured storage provide a bold and bright element. Hang Christmas cards around the frame of the mirror and fill wellington boots with beautifully wrapped presents for an extra festive feel.

    Bring out the bunting

    Strings of twinkling lights make for a charmingly understated tree – use the baubles to adorn beautifully wrapped gifts. Garlands and paper chains are a quick and easy way to add some festive fun.

    Santa Claus is coming …

    What could be more festive than hanging a beautiful stocking by the fireplace? Dress the rest of your mantelpieces with greenery, glistening baubles, church candles and festive ornaments for added impact.

    In the dome

    It’s the final touches than can make a living room feel wonderfully festive. Cover pine cones sprayed with silver or gold and sitting on a handful of fake snow with beautiful bell jars. Add a string of fairy lights and watch them twinkle.

    Deck the halls

    Create a cosy cabin feel with a garland made from pinecones framing the fireplace. Here, the colours of the walls and Christmas tree decorations are picked up in the beautifully wrapped presents nestled under the tree, for a cohesive look.


    Brilliant white tempered by neutral fabrics with distinctive textures lends comfort and depth to this pale decorating scheme. Weaving in accents of silver alongside miniature Christmas trees pays homage to the festive season.

    The festive fireplace

    If you are in need of a quick-fix, dressing up a fireplace couldn’t be easier. Keep things simple with a minimalist entwined wreath hung above a fireplace filled with glistening Christmas tree baubles housed in a wicker basket.

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