Christmas is traditionally a family holiday and many people prefer to decorate their living rooms to go along with a family theme. Whether you have a large family coming over for the holidays or you spend it with just a few close friends and family members, there are many ways that you can make your home warm and inviting for Christmas. We have collected 30 of the most beautiful and festive ways to decorate your home for Christmas.
Use any of them or mix and match. Christmas decorating after all is all about expressing yourself. Whether you use traditional ornaments that have been passed down for generations or you prefer to decorate with a more modern flair, you are sure to find a décor that perfectly suits your taste. From traditional green and red to bold purple and a host of other colors, this collection has something for everyone. Get ideas from our collection and then add your own unique touch to give your home an extra special décor this holiday season.
If you love decorating the old-fashioned way, this look will perfectly complement your home. From the traditional fireplace with stockings to the tree decorated with homemade ornaments, everything about this living room simply screams traditional family. Add a few red bows and ribbons around furniture and the look comes together beautifully. Source - Iheartshabbychic
If you want to add a bit of extra sparkle or if your Christmas tree is not in your living room and you want some Christmas cheer in there, you can add smaller, mini trees for décor. Small white or green trees with lights and a few small ornaments are the perfect complement to your larger tree. Source - Decandyou
Red is a traditional Christmas color and if you love tradition and want to go bold with your decorations, you can do both with lots of red. Red and silver or gold ornaments on the tree combined with red bows, throw pillows and stockings will really make your home warm and inviting for the holiday season. Source - Ezpong
Pine garland decorated with small ornaments is the perfect way to make your fireplace stand out. If you don’t have a fireplace, just choose a spot on the wall – above the couch for instance – and then use the garland there. You can hang it from doorways or under shelves on the wall to give any area an instant Christmas touch. Source - Freshome
Bold and Colorful
You don’t have to use green and red to decorate your living room for Christmas. Remember, decorating is all about what you like. If you prefer bold colors, use them. You can find ornaments and decorations in every imaginable color these days so go ahead and go as bold as you want. Source - Femaleways
Blue has become a very popular Christmas decorating color. You can find lots of bold blue bulbs and ornaments that contrast beautifully with reds and greens. You can also pair it with browns to create a very unique and very stunning contrast or just use varying shades of blue together. Source - Bhg
Green and White
A white tree with green ornaments is perfect if you want a simpler look. White trees became popular many years ago and when you add clear lights and green ornaments in different shades, you get a very simple look that is also quite stunning. Add green bows and other decorations to pull the look together. Source - Examiner
Oranges are great for decorating during the holidays. Why not add those colors to your tree and other living room décor? Decorate the tree with oranges, apples and cranberries and add homemade paper ornaments to give your tree a completely rustic look that is fun and festive. Source - Bhg
Use long, cascading ribbons on the tree to give it a unique look. You can actually purchase ribbons that come complete with bows for the tree topper or you can make them yourself. Just attach the ribbon to an embroidery hoop and then slide it down over your tree to set the cascading ribbons in place. Add a bow to the top and you’re all set. Source - Southernliving
Be A Grinch
You can be the Grinch or the Mayor of Whoville with living room decorating that is inspired by How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Just use bright, bold colors, oddly shaped and extra-large ornaments and a lot of imagination. A white tree works well with the bold colors and you can even add the Grinch himself if you want. Source - Roomzaar
A real tree with real pine swags, red ribbons and clear lights will help you to give your home a Victorian look for the holidays. Use homemade ornaments and traditionally colored bulbs for the tree and top it off with candles, pearls and lace. You can also add homemade stockings to get the perfect Victorian look. Source - Eugeniamariaefendy
Candy Cane Inspired
Now, you know that you love those red and white striped candy canes for your Christmas tree. Why not use them as inspiration for the entire decorating theme? From large candy canes on the tree to wreaths made from DIY peppermint candies, you can give your living room a yummy touch for the holidays when you decorate it in candy cane style. Source - Christmasdecoratingtreat
If your stairway is in or relatively close to your living room, you want to be sure to decorate it as well. Garland, lights and a few ornaments go a long way in helping to make your stairway festive. If your tree sits near the stairs, decorate them in the same theme as the tree or you could just add a sleigh or other decorations at the base. Source - Groovinheads
Bring the outdoors inside when you add pinecones, real pine branches and other décor to your decorating theme. You can pick these up at any store or go outside and gather them yourself. Add large silver or gold bows to the tree and surrounding furnishings and small nests or other outdoorsy decorations to the tree. Source - Splashmagazine
Beautiful peacock colors will certainly help you to make a grand statement. Adding peacock feathers and other ornaments in peacock colors will make your living room elegant, warm and very inviting. You can buy peacock feathers and ornaments to the tree, garland on the fireplace and just anywhere you need a splash of color. Source - Katelynjamesblog
Simple and Elegant
Your home doesn’t have to literally scream Christmas – unless you want it to. If you prefer a more elegant and simplistic approach to your decorating, choose paler colors. Clear lights and white decorations are very simple and will give your home and elegant “winter wonderland” feel. Source - Housetohome
What better way to celebrate the spirit of the season than with beautiful angels? Add an angel to the treetop and if you have room, add a few more to counters, mantels or tables. Angels come in all shapes, sizes and colors so you can add them no matter what your original theme. Source - Indac
If you prefer not to go the traditional red and green route, consider making your home into a beautiful winter wonderland. A white tree, white decorations and perhaps a sprinkling of silver will give you a winter wonderland right in your living room. Add clear lights to the tree and white garland to the mantel to complete the look. Source - Hgtv
A candy themed Christmas is a great idea if you have children or grandchildren. Just decorate the tree, mantel and other areas with candy. You can make wonderful candy themed decorations easily or buy them at your local department store. This is a great decorating theme to get those visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads. Source - Thebudgetdecorator
Let It Snow!
If you live in an area that doesn’t get a lot of snow for Christmas and you really want to see the white stuff during your holiday season, bring it inside. Flocking the tree with fake snow gives it a wonderful outdoorsy look and you can use fake snow to dress up your mantel and other furnishings as well to give your entire home the look of a snow-covered wonderland. Source - Bhg
Hit the Beach
If you live near the beach (or wish you did) you can bring some of that sun and sand indoors during the holiday season. Think sand dollars, starfish and seashells for your Christmas tree decorations and garland. You can add colors as you wish but keep with the whites and lighter colors as much as possible to really give your home a beachy feel. Source - Sandandsisal
Show the outdoors just how much you care by modeling your decorating theme after them. If you love woodland creatures, adding them to your tree is a cinch. Of course, you won’t be adding real creatures, just ornaments. Garland for the tree and mantel can be done with burlap which is the perfect fit for a woodland decorating theme. Source - Theinspiredroom
Add Little Touches
Sometimes the smallest touch makes the biggest impact. Something as simple as candles on the stairs, all decorated for the holiday, could be all you need to really make a statement with your living room decorations. Add a touch of the holidays to every table, shelf and anywhere you can in each room to really make them festive. Source - Cornbreadandbeansquilting
If you hang stockings, there is nothing that says tradition quite like personalizing those stockings. You can purchase personalized stockings or make them yourself. Hang them on the mantel and decorate with garland or if you don’t have a fireplace, choose a nice place on the wall near the tree. Source - Radiobutlers
Wreaths don’t have to be just for the front door. You can use them behind your furniture to tie all of your decorating together. A couple of smaller wreaths behind the couch are the perfect touch for bringing the room into the holiday spirit and if your tree is on the other side of the room, it ties it all together beautifully. Source - Megahomedesign
Dress Up The Windows
Even if it doesn’t snow outside for Christmas, you can make it look like it is if you take the time to dress up your windows for the holidays. Snowflake curtains and garland with red bows and small plastic ornaments are the perfect way to make your windows seem a bit more festive no matter what the weather outside is doing. Source - Hgtv
Use Lots of Lights
On the tree, on the mantel and wherever else you can put them, lights are a must when it comes to Christmas decorating. While most people will stop after lighting up the tree, you can hang lights wherever you want to bring in warmth and glow. Use them to light up doorways or anywhere you hang garland. Source - Stupic
Use Untraditional Decorations
Lights and garland are what most people would consider traditional decorations for the tree but you don’t have to stick with tradition. Wrapping wider ribbon or fabric around the tree is a great idea and gives it a very unique look. Match the fabric to the tree skirt and your tree will become a fabulous focal point for anyone who enters the room. Source - Janis-allthingsbeautiful
Candles and Christmas go hand in hand. If you are planning to decorate the mantel or tables in the living room, think about adding candles of all shapes and sizes. You can even put them on the tree (unlit of course) or buy battery operated ones for the tree and for the window sills. Source - lcevans
Turn Your Christmas Upside Down
You have certainly heard of the upside down Christmas trees by now. If you are looking to get away from tradition and you want something really unique for your living room, an upside down tree is a great choice. This way, you have more room under the tree for the gifts and you will have a great conversation starter for holiday parties at your home. Source - Thefuntimesguide
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