The knitted sweaters are on, the peppermint candles are out, and the Christmas tree is up—the holidays have arrived. But there’s nothing that brings the joy of the season front of mind quite like a fabulously decorated living room. To help you celebrate the holidays in style, we’ve gathered 36 fashionably festive living room Christmas decor ideas—from marvelous mantels to cheerful cocktail tables and everything in between—that are sure to keep your space merry and bright.
01. Clever Foraging
Take a cue from Mary Ellen Becker’s charming living room mantel arrangement and get creative with the greenery available to you. “Look closely at the most striking Christmas displays and you’ll often find simple, organic elements used en masse to create a grand statement,” says Ellen Becker.
02. A Curated Selection
Leave it to Josh Yöung to transform his sophisticated living room into a wistful holiday wonderland. Here, the vintage ornaments prove that traditional holiday color schemes can be added across a lifetime.
03. Keep It Playful
Modern Day Moguls’ Michelle Robinson is here to remind us that there are many colors in the crayon box and the holidays can be fun-loving and traditional.
04. Rustic Revelry
Hone in on those earthy textures while incorporating touches of metallic accents for a pastoral twist that is minimalist, stripped-down, and peaceful—while still feeling contemporary.
05. Flamboyant Festivities
Draw on the past in the same vein as Frieda Gormley and Javvy M Royle’s London Fields townhouse. The duo behind House of Hackney likes to go minimal on the Christmas decorations, in favor of the year-long flamboyant maximalism that makes this living room so wonderfully exuberant.
06. Retro Radiance
Suburban Pop’s Jenny James approaches holiday decor the same way she approaches everyday design: “Keep it minimal, keep it colorful, and bring on the vintage!” she says. “Bold color feels festive, but to keep it from overwhelming a room I go for pops of punchy color and stick to a tight color scheme that works with my existing spaces (usually heavy on the orange no matter the holiday!).”
07. Kitschy Cute
These adorable little ceramic trees—an ongoing collection of PBQfortwo’s Ariel Garneau—are the stuff of vintage dreams. Not only are they uniquely festive, but they’re a master class in tailoring your holiday decor for your current design style.
08. Metallic Moment
Have you opted for a neutral living room with metallic accents? Take notes from the traditional living room of Fashionable Hostess’s Amanda Saiontz Gluck and amp up your existing neutral scheme with a shiny assemblage of gold ornaments and decor.
09. Kris Kringle Gets Groovy
Holiday decorating should reflect your personal taste, preferred color palette, and locale, says Kelly Golightly. “For me that’s Palm Springs: poppy cheerful and bright pastels that mimic the iconic Palm Springs doors (pink! aqua! yellow! green!) and sparkle— always sparkle,” she insists.
10. Kumquat Spot
Sometimes less is more, like this Andrew Howard–designed Low Country home. This magnolia, kumquat, and pine cone garland on the mantle offers subtle yet festive pops that contrast tastefully against the otherwise monochrome room—and can last well into the new year.
11. Purple Panache
Draw inspiration from the Identité Collective’s Anastasia Casey and go for a more unexpected interpretation of a holiday color palette. “Over the past year or two, I’ve noticed shades of dusty purple taking over the interior design scene, and I knew it would translate beautifully into our holiday decorating,” Casey says.
Few things are more fun than a dedicated design theme—and Bethany Adams’s latest decor project is a standout example. The statement starburst light fixture is echoed throughout the room with the illuminated stars on the mantel and even the subtle star motifs on the pillowcase.
13. Arboreal Accents
Ken Fulk’s cozy Montana guesthouse is proof that there can never be too much garland. While you might not have a two-story open ceiling or be surrounded by evergreen trees, a basket filled with real branches and fresh pine cones brings the charm of winter woods indoors.
14. Two Is Better Than One
Of course, all eyes will be on your tree for Christmas, but bringing attention to your windows with a simple hanging wreath can create added dimension. Consider repetition an easy, low-maintenance way to make a statement. In this living room from Havenly, the dual wreaths complement the matching cocktail and side tables.
15. Public Display
In this white dream of a living room in Washington, D.C., Josh Yöung placed a grand tree in a window-lined alcove behind a fluffy white sofa. While it commands the living room, it also draws attention from passersby who can’t resist taking pictures of the outside of his redbrick home, where the tree is visible through the double-paned window.
16. Pattern Play
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to cover your home in snowflakes and mini Santas for it to feel festive. Havenly strikes a balance between stylish and seasonal with a mix of buffalo plaid and Fair Isle patterns.
17. Orange Opulence
The artist and designer isn’t afraid to go beyond the red-and-green color scheme with orange ornamentation that complements the green hues and brightens up traditional metallic tones. An animal print accessory always adds a touch of on-trend texture.
18. A Marvelous Mantel
Interior designer Gillian Segal made a statement by dressing up her fireplace to give Santa a warm welcome. While the larger-than-life assortment commands plenty of attention, its cool, neutral palette keeps it from feeling over-the-top.
19. A Coastal Christmas
Remember that decorating for the holidays does not require sacrificing your design aesthetic. Waterleaf Interiors’s Jill Johnson gave this living room a coastal edge by adorning the bar nook with garland and a silver wreath.
20. Accessorize With Ornaments
According to Bunny Williams, ornaments don’t have to be confined to your Christmas tree. The interior designer gave her living room some extra holiday cheer by strategically placing these festive baubles along her mantel.
21. Subtle Style
You don’t need to cover your entire living space in decorations. The strategically placed garland in this shot from Serena & Lily draws the eye upward and offers just the right touch of holiday magic.
22. Au Naturel
Want to bring the winter wonderland indoors? Take a cue from Havenly and add natural elements to your tree like pinecones and snow dust. This is one setup that deserves Mother Nature’s seal of approval.
23. Color Me Happy
Jennifer Griffin of Dimples and Tangles exudes a bold sense of style with a bunch of vibrant hues. From the the bright miniature Christmas trees to the Technicolor garland, this setup proves there’s no such thing as too much color.
24. Blue Christmas
If you prefer to make a statement with one color, try cooler blues. As this room from Monika Hibbs proves, a touch of teal can be a refreshing alternative to the traditional Christmas palette.
25. Windows That Wow
As this living room from Chatfield Court proves, there’s more to Christmas decor than dressing up your mantel. Here, blogger Kristi Haight adorned each window with a lush wreath.
26. Add An Arrangement
Small personal touches have the power to transform an entire room. The Heath Ceramics decorations in this vignette are sophisticated and add plenty of personality.
27. Elevated Neutrals
This living room is grounded in timeless neutrals, which are perfect for layering Christmas decor. From hurricanes that are filled with silver ornaments and topped with white floral arrangements to the mantel that’s dressed in stockings and white garland, there’s so much to love about this festive living room.
28. Symmetrical Beauty
Symmetry is a go-to decorating trick for top designers. Make this design principle work for you this holiday season by dressing your windows up with a trio of an eye-catching wreath design.
29. Dress Up The Mantel
Spending time with family and friends by the fireplace is what the holidays are all about. Since all eyes will be on it for Christmas, dress up your mantel with everything from garland to red candlesticks. Just don’t forget to incorporate some of your favorite accessories as well.
30. Embrace Green
The combination of a large wreath and lush garland add visual interest to these living room windows.
Whether you lack the weather for a white Christmas or simply love that summer look, there are ways to achieve a sunshine-inspired room that is also festive. The grassy green wreaths, bare garland, and white candle holders in this room are Christmas-appropriate with summery undertones.
32. Go Romantic With Red
This living room features sultry red accents that embrace a holiday palette while exuding a romantic vibe. This holiday, try a Christmas color scheme with non-traditional decor, like warm throw pillows and red roses.
33. Mantel-Less Stockings
Your home may lack a mantel, but that shouldn’t mean stockings are a no-go this year. This modern living room features Christmas stockings hung from hooks, which not only solves a common holiday crisis, but also serves as cute wall decor.
34. Festive Furniture
The holidays are the perfect excuse to make use of vintage furniture that’s been tucked away in your attic. An antique rocking chair reminds us of the nights we stayed up listening to Christmas stories, cozied up by the fire with a mug of hot cocoa.
35. The Minimalist Look
To maintain the simplicity of a minimalist home, opting for simple, geometric decor is a no-brainer. The white metal tree, graphic pillows, and triangular table accents are understatedly festive.
36. Monochromatic Details
This bright and airy living room is made festive with complementary holiday decor, including white pillar candles, simple metallic ornaments, and earthy wrapped presents.
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