Christmas living room decorating ideas – 20 looks for the coziest winter yet

These super seasonal Christmas living room decorating ideas are sure to up the level of cozy and bright in your festive lounge this season.

A Scandinavian-style grey and white living room with snowy faux Christmas tree, trio of wreaths on wall and traditional fireplace with flume
(Image credit: John Lewis & Partners)

Tired tinsel and yellow yuletide decs? Time to invest in Christmas living room decorating ideas! After all, your lounge is the beating heart and hub of the holidays.

Where children play, parents laugh, where gifts are unwrapped and snacks shared. It's therefore, where we most often place our trees, where mantelpieces adorned with festive garlands reside, and where a lovely bar cart lives also (hic)... All of which command our attention on the embellishment factor, which goes hand-in-hand with feeling Christmassy, at this time of year.

We've seen so many gorge looks around and lots of these are totally creeping into our Christmas decorating ideas too. With this in mind, we've rounded up some stylish and striking Christmas decorating ideas for the living room. Diverse and design-led, our edit includes traditional red and greens, sophisticated metallics, and more of the stuff we know you'll love.

Christmas living room decorating for dazzle

Celebrate your quirky side, embrace those essential twinkling lights, and if it's time to find some dazzling new living room Christmas decor to lift your space this festive season... Well, you're in safe hands.

1. Think about the space leading up to your lounge

A bright and colorful Christmas hallway with chandelier, statement console table, large round gold-framed mirror and paper honeycomb decorations

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Now, before you surprise your guests with your bold and eclectic style, think about the space leading up to your living room – including your front door and hallway spaces. This is your chance to give your loved ones a sneak peek of what's to come, as the honeycomb paper decorations trail from one room to the other.

Also, think about how your colors transition through the space. A cohesive color palette will not only look smart but make small spaces look larger.

2. Add interest to your windows with a display

A living room with vase by window with branches and paper honeycomb decorations

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We spend so much time in our lounges over the festive period, so it's worth taking the time to make sure every inch of space looks its best. While we're not suggesting you fill every nook and cranny with novelty decs, Christmas windows are often neglected or not styled to their true potential.

If you're not a fan of sticky decals or paint, why not style a vase with some twigs,  paper honeycomb decorations, and surplus baubles. These Christmas decorating ideas for the living room are not only eco-friendly, but if you're careful not to tear the fragile fixtures, you can use them again and again, year after year.

A living room with vase by window with branches and paper honeycomb decorations

(Image credit: Bloomingville)

3. Add some lights to your window

A warm white micro LED star curtain light on cream framed window

(Image credit: Lights4Fun)

Christmas is the perfect time to layer the lighting in your living room. Once you have your main statement ceiling light and fairy lights wrapped around your tree – illuminate your space even more with some Christmas window lighting.

Now, these don't have to be frighteningly flashy and disco. On the contrary, you'll ideally want something warm and diffused for a cozy and comforting aesthetic. 

4. Decorate your mantel

A living room with Christmas mantel including slogan cushions, nutcracker decor, glass jar with marshmallow sweets and gold tree topper

(Image credit: Amara)

While many other rooms in the house have modular shelves or fixed storage, fireplaces are the perfect place for function and style. Just as you'd curate a shelfie – incorporate your festive ornaments into your Christmas mantel decor. You don't have to stick to traditional wreaths or red decor. We love these nutcracker ornamentsand glitter Ferris wheel tree topper, both available from Amara.

5. Add a Christmas garland

A living room with mixed evergreen garland with pinecones with framed wall art

(Image credit: Balsam Hill)

Create a holiday look beaming with natural elegance with a lush pine and Fraser fir-tipped Christmas wreath. Crafted with outdoor-safe materials and battery-operated LED lights, this decoration from Balsam Hill brings festive radiance to your Christmas living room decor. We love this mix of old and new, with a traditional wooden portrait and floor, and a modern fireplace design.

However, if you want to go handmade, learn how to make a Christmas wreath with our easy 7-step tutorial.

6. Add neon lighting about your fireplace

A modern living room with velvet blue sofas, foil fanned decoration and neon tube lights

(Image credit: Sofology)

Whether you have a modern or traditional heating appliance in your front room – this stand-out Christmas fireplace decor works for both. We love the way that Sofology has styled this lighting and fanned decoration combo to create a cluster of 'hanging baubles'. All you need is some tube lighting and some foil fanned ornaments (check out Etsy)

And, for a full-on effect, invest some of the best velvet sofas for that cool wine bar aesthetic.

7. Mix and match rustic textures

A country, rustic Christmas living room with Christmas tree, cream upholstered armchair, framed wall art, and decorated fireplace

(Image credit: Homesense)

Today's Christmas living room decorating styles can be a little too modern and futuristic for some. So, hold back from the flashing lights and pastels and go back to basics with rustic Christmas decor. Just as contemporary styles can be bold with color, this is all about being brave with mismatched textiles, materials, and patterns.

This Christmas living room by Homesense has so much to touch and explore. Layer a pretty vintage patchwork rug over real wooden flooring and work your way up. A comfy cream upholstered chair with some checked scatter cushions is the perfect spot for wrapping presents near the fire (with a small wooden log-effect candleholder for late-night present prep).

A framed stag on wall paneling adds heritage homeliness. And, saying the best until last – can we please address that Fleur de Lis embossed trim panel?! We think you'll agree, our woodland friends (the plush fox and plaid squirrel) have the best seat in the house.

8. Mix old with new for a modern traditional look 

Modern traditional red and gold Christmas living room scheme by M&S

(Image credit: M&S )

As lovely as heirlooms and hand-me-down Christmas decor are, interior styles move fast and things go out of fashion quite quickly. But, with care and due diligence, you can create a traditional Christmas decorating scheme that keeps granny and the kids happy for including their handmade items, while still looking chic.

Take this living room for example by M&S. While a classic fireplace still retains its charm with original Art-Deco tiles, the brass-colored metal, and glass coffee table, inspired by the same era, is a main street purchase that you can pick up from the store.

'Give a timeless red Christmas tree theme a touch of luxe with a generous sprinkling of gold,' says Miranda Eason, senior content editor, M&S.

'Start with a set of shatterproof balls in jewel-like red tones, then add nostalgic red Nutcracker figures, traditional Father Christmas ornaments, opulent red birds, and future-heirloom gold and red floral ornaments. Tie it together with a studded red velvet bow topper for an unexpected twist.'

'Bid Yuletide guests a very warm welcome with opulent Christmas fireplace decorations, featuring seasonal foliage, perfectly placed stockings, and an array of glowing candles.'

9. Introduce icy silvers and whites for a Scandi feel

A Scandinavian-style grey and white living room with snowy faux Christmas tree, trio of wreaths on wall and traditional fireplace with flume

(Image credit: John Lewis & Partners)

If a red and green Christmas setup isn't for you, look to the Nordics for a Scandinavian Christmas decorating scheme. Your house is bound to look cool in more ways than one.

'A snow-dusted tree is a perfect backdrop for white, silver, and clear baubles and Narnia-esque snowflakes, hanging icicles, and silver stags.' says Elle Spicer, international editor, M&S. 

'Add some more unusual ornaments, such as a vintage car topped with a tiny tree or a regal swan complete with a silver crown. Personalize with applique letters, for each family member. Finish with a contemporary star and a faux fur tree skirt.'

'Top tip: Not only does a tree skirt hide the legs of an artificial tree or the trunk of a real one, but it can also be part of the theme like this faux fur tree skirt that fits with the overall winter wonderland look.'

10. Be creative with your vision of a Christmas tree

A cream Christmas living room with wooden chest of drawers and Christmas tree made from book pages and LED star

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If you have a snug space with no room for a full-on fir Christmas tree, don't be disheartened. There are loads of workarounds to make your Christmas living room decorating look just as whimsical.

Perfect as an apartment Christmas decor idea, we love this idea by Lights4Fun which uses book pages to create an alternative Christmas tree, finished with their Osby Star light fixture, available at Amazon.

We'd go all-out with this paper design using literary classics such as 'A Christmas Carol' or... go literal with the carol idea with some Carol music sheets, styled with your best bluetooth speaker belting out those Christmas classics from Mariah and Bublé.

11. Make a show-stopping Christmas mantle 

Fireplace mantle piece Christmas garland decorations living room fireplace


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If you have a mantle in your living room, pull out all the stops and add your own DIY Christmas decorations to really make it pop. Placing an oversized Christmas garland around the top and draping down the side (asymmetric style is the current look) so it spills onto the hearth below will give a dramatic focal point. Embellishing with fresh or faux eucalyptus only adds to the wow factor. And don't forget the mirror too. 

Adding ribbons and baubles brings this into frame in more ways than one. Plus the addition of candles is always a welcome touch. For some fire hazard free glow, try some of the great battery powered ones - we love Lights4Fun's Truglow range, available on Amazon. 

12. Choose cool, quirky Christmas living room decor 

A living room with Christmas tree decorated with an assortment of baubles and detailed ornaments decorations

(Image credit: John Lewis & Partners)

We love classic decorations but if they aren't for you, how about some Post-Impressionism-inspired characters to adorn your tree instead? 

And who wouldn't want to hang chameleons next to a fairy, near koala bears, opposite some gold leaves, and adjacent to some halved avocados?! The palette's cool undertone of greens and gold colors run create one beautifully eclectic scheme.

13. A festive living room space needs festive foliage 

A living room decorated for Christmas with exposed brick wall decor and tree foliage

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Keeping things neutral and natural is always a winner during the holiday season as this stunning Christmas living room look proves so well. Using greenery brings the outdoors in, especially when using fresh winter flowers and foliage.

Foraging is a really fun way to get into the spirit and to perfect your Christmas mantel decor, so don't be afraid of taking secateurs out on your next winter walk and see what you kind find.

We love the addition of eucalyptus and pussy willow as the woman herself, Kelly Hoppen inspired us to do. Just be sure to leave any hedgerow finds outside for a day or two, to let any insect stowaways make their escape.

14. Give a festive living room that glow

A living room with Christmas fairy lights, fireplace and two arched wall alcoves

(Image credit: Lights4fun)

On point, living room lighting ideas are important all year round, but especially at this time of year to ensure your space is super illuminated throughout long wintery days, and uplifting to boot!

And, we all want extra sparkle at Christmastime so choosing Christmas tree decor that can double up as a light source also, is going to make your lounge space feel dazzling. These stars add a touch of illumination by day and really shine come evening time, making your festive living room come to life, with all the cozy and bright vibes. A liberal sprinkling of Christmas lighting ideas and bright, battery-powered – candles (safety first) give a great glow also.

15. Create a Christmas drinks corner with party style decs

A living room with drinks cabinet, paper decorations, Pooky Monique Table lamp in brass, tapered shade in Buttercup velvet and bar cart

(Image credit: Pooky)

This kitsch space shows that alternative Christmas living room decorations will totally get the festivities going and people in the party mood. 

And with seasonal cocktail mixing being a quintessential pastime come holiday season – of course – make sure you shower yourself with bar cart ideas to ensure that yours gets some embellishment of its own.

Clustering stylish additions nearby like these awesome paper decorations is one of our favorite Christmas living room decorating ideas right now to create a vibrant and cute decoration scheme for the Holidays.

Haven't got a drinks container but want to get down with the trend? Our best bar cart shopping edit is a great place to start.

16. Match matchy Christmas living room decor

Blue wall living room blue sofa paper decorations Christmas Stockings fireplace mantel mantelpiece rug Christmas

(Image credit: Davide Lovatti @Future)

Look at all these gorgeous blue hues. The homeowner has cleverly incorporated the existing schemes palette and infused it with subtle decorations. There's blue baubles around the mirror, plenty of touches of gold to pick up on the side tables while the stockings match the dreamy rug. 

he final flourish of some twinkling lights is one of the most original fireplace ideas that is sure to lift your spirits. So what's next? Grab an eggnog and cozy in for the Holidays.

17. Nod to traditional Christmas colors

A traditional Christmas living room with tree decorated in red and green bauble decor, branch and star wall hanging, dark green wall decor, and cream upholstered sofa

(Image credit: Sofology)

There's nothing quite like the fir greens and reds of a classic Christmas color scheme and this lounge is the epitome of cozy and bright in our books. 

Get the look via your tree and decorations, say yes to a little gold and play with texture also, while a lick of paint on the walls and even on your mantlepiece will of course up the look of your Christmas living room space.  

18. Swap in festive accessories

Blue wall paneling behind contemporary Christmas tree with 3-seater plush pebble grey sofa

(Image credit: Sofology)

From changing up your regular living room cushions to velvet or full-on Christmas cushions to upping your candle game and the overall look of your coffee table decor, it all counts towards your Christmas living room decor. We love the muted colors in this setup and we would totally consider keeping those cushions on the gorgeous 3-seater Gabrielle sofa from Sofology.

While a new sofa is an investment piece for the living room, most models can stand the test of time and come with several years of guarantee from the retailer. So it's worth checking out the best sofas in time for the festive season.

19. Create a cozy reading corner

A metallic blue and teal cozy reading corner in festively-themed living room with Pooky Bamboozle Wall light, £57, 14cm shade in Matthew Williamson Leopard Love Jade, £33, Slider Floor lamp

(Image credit: Pooky.com)

Everything about this reading nook screams cozy, come read here vibes. Plus, the blue color scheme is on point for a contemporary Christmas look that is super luxe and festive. This place is perfect for perusing Christmas catalogues, shopping for prezzies on your iPad, or nestling into a new book you've been gifted.

Love that wall light as much as we do? Find the Bamboozle wall light and Bamboozle Floor lamp at Pooky.com.

20. Pare down your color palette 

A grey living room with mink carpet, grey LVT flooring and sofa decorated for Christmas

(Image credit: sofa.com)

To create a cozy oasis that is still really luxurious and festive, stick to grey living room additions and more neutral tones that will really set off your Christmas tree and any other foliage you have on display. 

What makes this room really interesting? The different textured surfaces, from the fuzzy rug to the knit throws and velvet sofa – it all works like a charm.

Got your eyes on that mirror design? Treat yourself to make your festive space look fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-large. 

How can I make my house look Christmassy?

'Think beyond the tree,' says Eason.

'Why should the tree get all the festive fun? String up a selection of Christmas baubles and foliage, alternating between the two, to create a stylish hanging wall decoration.'

'Turn a mantelpiece, cupboard top, or shelf into a festive focal point. Bring the outside in with a vase full of seasonal greenery and red berries. Line up adorable felt robins, nutcracker soldiers, and snow-covered miniature Christmas trees to tap into childhood nostalgia, then add light-up decorations for a warm and cozy glow.'

How can I decorate a large living room for Christmas?

Large spaces don't have to be lackluster and cold. If you're blessed with a bigger-than-average lounge, this should only play to your advantage as one expert explains.

'Give your soft furnishings a festive switch-up and add to the coziness factor of your home with cushions and throws in tactile textures and seasonal shades, from velvet cushions featuring embroidered robins to a faux-fur-trimmed tartan throw. Choose pieces in complementary colors for a put-together look.' says Eason. 

How can I make my personalize my living room for Christmas?

'This year, I'll be recreating that joy for my niece and nephew with our beautiful alphabet stockings, and picking up a few for the grown-ups in my life too,' says Spicer.

'Each stocking is carefully hand embroidered with initials A through Z, so the whole family can have their own, and finished with contrasting stripes. The stockings also make the perfect decoration around the house, whether hung above the fireplace.'

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