A living room is the hub of the holiday season. It's where families gather, gifts are unwrapped, and snacks are shared. It's also home to our Christmas trees, mantelpieces adorned with festive garlands, and bar carts with Bailey's and hot chocolate.
Decorating is the first step to feeling Christmassy, so 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
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
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.
3. Decorate your mantel
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 ornaments (opens in new tab)and glitter Ferris wheel tree topper (opens in new tab), both available from Amara.
4. Add a Christmas garland
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 (opens in new tab) 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.
5. Add neon lighting about your fireplace
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 (opens in new tab))
And, for a full-on effect, invest some of the best velvet sofas for that cool wine bar aesthetic.
6. Introduce icy silvers and whites for a Scandi feel
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 (opens in new tab), 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.'
7. Be creative with your vision of a Christmas tree
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 (opens in new tab) 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.
8. Make a show-stopping Christmas mantle
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 (opens in new tab)'s Truglow range, available on Amazon.
9. Choose cool, quirky Christmas living room decor
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.
10. A festive living room space needs festive foliage
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.
11. Create a Christmas drinks corner with party style decs
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.
12. Match matchy Christmas living room decor
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.
13. Nod to traditional Christmas colors
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.
14. Swap in festive accessories
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 (opens in new tab) 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.
15. Create a cozy reading corner
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.
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, (opens in new tab) 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.'