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Christmas Living Room Decor Ideas


Whatever your style, there’s a way to transform your living room into the perfect core of Christmas

Give your home some festive flair this holiday season with our gorgeous Christmas living room decorating ideas to find the perfect way to decorate your lounge this Noel.

1. Add Impact With Pops of Colour

One of the many wonderful things about decorating for Christmas is that there really is a theme for everyone. Some people love to go all-out, while others prefer a slightly more subtle approach. The majority of us are probably somewhere in the middle, and there are so many ways to go middle of the road without sacrificing on style.

If you have a white colour scheme, a few carefully considered pops of colour will make all the difference in creating the perfect Christmas living room decor. Choose larger than average cherry red baubles to punctuate the tree, filling gaps with white or clear decorations.

2. Use Shapes For Cohesion

There are so many ways to create cohesion in a space, but the main three are colour, texture and shape. The first too are fairly explanatory, but shape can be harder to work into a scheme. Apart from, that is, at Christmas.

Choose your favourite festive shape – stars being our choice as repeat this over different elements of your Christmas living room decor. Think wall hangings, tree toppers, ornaments and wrapping. Some of the best Christmas lights also come in a variety of festive shapes. We especially love the Osby Star Light Trio, £39.99, Lights4Fun.

3. Decorate From Fop to Toe

Creating your Christmas living room decor is one of the few opportunities you really have to go all out. Make the most of the fun by decorating from the floor right up to the ceiling.

Set larger decorations you might otherwise use on shelving on the floor, alternating and varying heights to create interest. Take the eye upwards by draping a garland across the top, and down the sides of the window frame, rather than the traditional mantel. Finally, finish the look by hanging statement decorations from the ceiling.

Sticking to paper options, like these gorgeous Hanging Paper Decorations, £15, at Dunelm, which can be gently attached without damage using washi tape or light command hooks, means you don’t have to worry about decs falling or paint chipping.

4. Have a Living Room Disco

Bring disco to your front room to set the scene for Christmas party ideas for hosting the best festive soirées. There are two main ways you can achieve this. Firstly, you can go for an all-over, mirror-balled, glitter-laden look in every spot.

On the other hand, by lavishing all your party magic simply on the tree you won’t be overwhelmed or get tired of the theme too quickly. Plus, it will have more impact as it becomes the focal point. Easier and delivers the most. Win.

When creating this kind of Christmas tree, although it may seem like there’s just everything everywhere, when you look closer you’ll see that a few simple tricks help it stay chic.

5. Mix and Match

Be easy on yourself when considering your Christmas living room decor. There’s no need to take down everything non-festive, or hide it all away behind fairy lights and ivy galore. Instead, find beauty in the eclecticism.

Rather than moving around your favourite pieces on your bookshelves, simply add in pretty Christmas extras. To enjoy the differences without having too much of a clash, look to more abstract shapes. Think paper waffle spheres, geometric cut outs and coloured pyramids which hint at the shape of a Christmas tree.

6. Go For Deep But Muted Tones

Jewel tones and dark schemes are always a glam way to go for Christmas, but they’re not for everyone. The brighter ruby shades and sapphire moments may be overwhelming to some, especially around the rest of the year.

A great alternative is to take everything just that bit duskier. Think a garnet-esque maroon wall, a slightly paler emerald on the upholstery. These shades are also easy to find both in decorations and in festive plants, so you can co-ordinate without issue.

As it’s a slightly more grown-up look, ensure you tie in your fireplace too, to make sure it’s a properly finished and cohesive space.

7. Choose a Green Theme

Green is going absolutely nowhere in interiors- from walls, to furniture to accessories, it’s a popular shade across all living room ideas for a reason. Not only does it look great, but because it reminds of as nature, it’s actually said to make us calmer and even more creative.

Put that creativity to use in a green room by using it as the basis for your Christmas living room decor. Match your baubles, decs and wrapping to the shades already in the room. Metallics and whites are great to pair with this for a contemporary look, but stay away from adding reds unless you want to take things in a more traditional direction.

8. Mix Whites and Blues

The white tree and muted, Christmas colour scheme is a popular one, but why not mix it up a little.

Embrace white across the tree, tree skirt, walls and lights to set the scene. The difference comes by adding unexpected moments of soft, pastel blues. This creates more interest in the look, but as the two colours aren’t miles apart in the colour wheel, they appear gentle to the eye.

9. Embrace Rustic Style

In more rustic, country-style living rooms, make sure your Christmas decor enhances the theme. Traditional Christmas decorating ideas are a great place to start from when designing your look.

‘For understated style, hundreds of fairy lights and a handwoven wicker tree skirt are all you need to enhance the natural beauty of the tree while adding festive sparkle,’ says Sandie Wallman, Founder of Nordic House. ‘If you’re keen to introduce decorations, hang different sized glass baubles in a classic colour such as red, green or even transparent to increase the luxe factor while maintaining a gentle and elegant appearance.’

10. Find Comfort and Joy

A great way to add festive cheer without going completely overboard is to introduce lots of sumptuous textures. Add depth to your living room by adding rich velvets, plush comfy tweed and a super soft rug to warm tootsies up.

A luxe look in a living room calms the soul, especially when there’s a touch of timber to bring it back to the country vibe. Tones inspired by nature help to get the look relaxed and effortless. A black wall, graceful furniture and refined details create a dark and handsome backdrop for select gatherings.

11. Embrace Paper Crafts for Decorating

Paper crafts are a great way to involve the whole family, by making your own paper decorations. Fun and budget-friendly homemade paper decorations can be used to finish off any Christmas decorating scheme. From tree toppers and stars to jazz up the mantelpiece, to playful honeycomb balls to place around the base while there are no presents. The possibilities with paper are endless. Paper chains, garlands and more, there are plenty of ways to add a homemade touch with paper crafts.

12. Add a Pretty Touch With Pastels

Make a style statement by matching your decorating scheme to the colours on the walls. This approach to seasonal decorating allows an understated scheme make a statement, without overpowering the rest of the decor. Pretty pastels are a key trend for Christmas decorating in 2021.

13. Layer Your Favourite Brights

Wave tradition goodbye by embracing your favourite rainbow bright colours, even at what is often a very classically styled time of year.

Use a bright wall as inspiration for when it comes to layering up the rest of your living room. Punchy Christmas cards, wrapping paper and wall hangings will creates a fun, energetic and carefree look. Sticking to a handful of colours, such as pink, orange, green and white, will allow you to create this theme without it becoming too clashy and unattractive.

 14. Let It Glow!

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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