Decorating your living room for Christmas can be as simple or elaborate as you want it to be, with endless opportunities to add warm and festive vibes everywhere from the mantel to the tree. Your seasonal decor should feel personal and suit your style, whether your tastes veer toward modern and contemporary, traditional and nostalgic, or anything in between.
Whether you're hosting a party, staging the backdrop for this year's holiday card, conjuring some holiday magic for the kids, or making sure to impress Santa when he passes through, here is some Christmas living room decor inspiration to get you started.
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Float the Tree
If you live in a spacious open plan home, why not float your tree in the middle of the room rather than relegating it to a corner? In this Scandinavian living room, a tall tree decorated with minimal ornaments stretches to the ceiling, defining the seating area while remaining visible to the whole room.Continue to 2 of 45 below.
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Designer Annie Sloan dressed up this formal living room fireplace for Christmas with a trio of black-and-white-striped stockings and some colorful candles, and used houseplants to add height, color, and greenery without buying anything new.Continue to 3 of 45 below.
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Make It a Trio
Finding Lovely gave this Christmas living room an alpine feel with a trio of trees harvested thanks to a National Park permit and displayed in vintage crocks in front of a bank of windows. The middle tree is nine feet tall and decorated in simple mercury glass balls, flanked with two smaller undecorated trees.Continue to 4 of 45 below.
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Complement the View
This Cornwall, U.K. living room from Unique Homestays has a breathtaking view of the coast that doesn't need much embellishment. But it's decorated for Christmas with a garland and a small tree lit with golden lights that add contrast with the concrete walls and floors of the interior and the blue seas beyond the windows.Continue to 5 of 45 below.
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Keep It Understated
This holiday living room from Jacqueline Blum Design doesn't try too hard to be festive, adding a few minimal Christmas details like a simple garland and a row of stockings on the mantel that complement the room's clean lines and contemporary decor.Continue to 6 of 45 below.
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Make It Midcentury
This festive midcentury modern living room from John McClain Design is dressed up and ready to party with its vibrant and unconventional Christmas palette of blues and oranges. A colorful tree and a coffee table centerpiece put a mood-boosting spin on seasonal decor that's perfect for holiday entertaining.Continue to 7 of 45 below.
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Keep It Traditional
Marie Flanigan Interiors added Christmas flair to a traditional living room with a large tree decorated in shades of blush and silver, and added a long silver ribbon on the asymmetrical fireplace garland to tie it all up in a bow.Continue to 8 of 45 below.
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Display Your Collection
A growing family collection of large-scale Nutcracker figurines and Santa-themed ornaments set the festive tone in this spacious Vail, CO living room designed by Courtney St. John Studio.Continue to 9 of 45 below.
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Go For the Gold
Mel Bean Interiors created a contemporary spin on Christmas decor in this spacious gray-and-white living room with bright gold accents such as artwork, lampshades, and warm Christmas tree and mantel garland lighting.Continue to 10 of 45 below.
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Add Touches of Black
Lindye Galloway Studio + Shop added pops of black to this neutral-toned Christmas living room that add definition and a graphic touch to the tree and mantel that feels fresh and modern.Continue to 11 of 45 below.
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Give It a Gold Star
Emily Henderson Design decorated this mountain living room with a tall tree that takes advantage of the soaring ceiling height, and decorated it in shades of white including large star-shaped ornaments that echo a large lighted star on the mantelpiece. Plenty of cozy textures and a streamlined palette of green and white give the room a cozy, family friendly feel.Continue to 12 of 45 below.
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Choose a Tiny Tree
Interior designer Ginger Curtis of Urbanology Designs chose a tiny tree for this modern farmhouse living room. "There's something whimsical and minimal about a Charlie Brown Christmas tree that just embraces simplicity in the midst of a holiday that can be overabundant," Curtis says. "What's even better is if you put your Charlie Brown into a basket, then stuff a warm, cozy blanket into the basket with the tree, and let it drape over to add another layer of soft, wintry texture that's perfect for the holidays."Continue to 13 of 45 below.
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Light the Fire
If you have a fireplace, you're already halfway to creating a warm and inviting setting to make those Christmas memories. Be sure to complement a roaring fire with plenty of light around the room, from the mantel to the tree to the candlesticks on the coffee table, like this cozy living room from Inspired By Charm.Continue to 14 of 45 below.
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Keep It Moody
Craftberry Bush added a well lit tree illuminated with golden light and a vase full of white Christmas roses to the coffee table that complement the dark and moody tones of the room.Continue to 15 of 45 below.
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Pair Cream and Green
This Christmas living room from Lindye Galloway Studio + Shop layers shades of green and cream to create a soothing, Scandinavian-inspired atmosphere with a fresh and natural feel.Continue to 16 of 45 below.
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Choose the Blues
Thistlewood Farms turned a blue-and-white themed living room into a holiday-ready entertaining spot thanks to a blue-and-white Christmas tree, and scattered some bright solid red ball ornaments around the room for a pop of seasonal color.Continue to 17 of 45 below.
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Hang a Wreath in the Window
This cozy Christmas living room from Inspired By Charm includes a large lighted wreath hanging on the inside of the bank of living room windows that illuminates the interior and casts a warm glow on the front on the house to welcome visitors and cheer passersby.Continue to 18 of 45 below.
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Add Some Romance
Neutrals, greens, and plenty of lights give this Christmas living room from Maison de Cinq a soft, romantic feel. A bonus mini tree in a vintage metal bucket adds an extra boost of charm and will delight the little ones.Continue to 19 of 45 below.
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Add Red Glass Bulbs
In this minimalist Scandinavian living room with white walls and neutral-toned furnishings, a fresh green tree decorated with red glass bulb ornaments adds a pop of bright but translucent color that stands out like Rudolf's nose.Continue to 20 of 45 below.
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Add Some Plaid
Blogger Liz Marie gave her farmhouse living room a Christmas refresh with a red, green, and white plaid rug, red throw pillows, and a china cabinet decorated in green and red accents.Continue to 21 of 45 below.
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Use Vertical Space
If your living room has generous volumes and tall ceilings, be sure to take advantage of vertical space. A large stout tabletop tree in a basket is placed on a side table in this spacious Scandinavian living room, taking advantage of the towering ceilings while seeming to float in the middle of the room.Continue to 22 of 45 below.
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Accent With Citrus
This Christmas living room from Martha O'Hara Interiors comes to life with a generous smattering of fresh greens on the mantel and coffee table, with citrus accents that add freshness, scent, and color.Continue to 23 of 45 below.
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Frame the Tree
In this spacious living room, Emily Henderson Design placed a tall tree in front of a bank of windows framed with a garland, and crowned it with a glowing star.Continue to 24 of 45 below.
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Use Vintage Signage
Blogger Liz Marie used a vintage sign as the centerpiece to her whimsical farmhouse Christmas mantel, adding urns full of greenery and an antique rocking horse. A bowl of pine cones and candles on the trunk coffee table and a garland draped over the shoulders of a vintage dress form like a long winter scarf complete the picture.Continue to 25 of 45 below.
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Style the Built-Ins
Inspired By Charm styled the living room built-ins with a collection of Christmas-themed objects, from miniature trees to a bowl of frosted pine cones to a collection of tiny houses under glass cloches, filling in the gaps with stacks of books in shades of white, green, and pale blue.Continue to 26 of 45 below.
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Decorate the Sideboard
Emily Henderson Design gave some holiday love to a midcentury sideboard, adding a lighted garland, a gold lamp, some Christmas tree figurines, and a woodland creature draped in a miniature scarf.Continue to 27 of 45 below.
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Use Natural Elements
Greenery and natural accents like a twisted rattan wreath and chunky woven baskets complement the white walls and gold and wood accents of this fresh Christmas living room from Finding Lovely.Continue to 28 of 45 below.
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Try a Gold Tree
A bright gold tree adds some holiday bling to this modern living room from Emily Henderson Design. Complementary red accents wake up the blue, black, and white color palette of the room.Continue to 29 of 45 below.
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Decorate With Botanicals
Casa Watkins Living created a botanical-themed Christmas tree decorated with faux ivy, spider plants, palm leaves, pink ball ornaments, and orchids.Continue to 30 of 45 below.
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Navy, emerald green, and metallic accents decorate this cool-toned Christmas living room from Inspired By Charm.Continue to 31 of 45 below.
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Drape Some Garlands
Fresh or faux garlands draped around the periphery of your living room will add a festive but understated sense of holiday cheer that doesn't take up any floor space, like this Christmas living room from Brexton Cole Interiors.Continue to 32 of 45 below.
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Hang a Giant Wreath
This monumental stone-faced fireplace doesn't have a mantel, so Emily Henderson Design dressed it up with an oversized Christmas wreath instead that feels just as festive.Continue to 33 of 45 below.
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Let It Snow
An artificial flocked fir tree decorated with hints of blush pink gives this romantic Christmas living room from Maison de Cinq a snow-capped appearance that sets off the room full of French-inspired decor.Continue to 34 of 45 below.
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Decorate the Piano
Sara Toufali decorated her piano—a rescue found on the street and brought back to life like a Christmas miracle—with greenery, candles, and red berries to give it a festive makeover and an atmospheric setting to play Christmas carols.Continue to 35 of 45 below.
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Hang Mismatched Wreaths
Casa Watkins Living hung mismatched wreaths over the existing art on the fireplace mantel that add symmetry with a twist.
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Stock the Shelves
Any surface in your living room can become an excuse for a holiday vignette. Inspired By Charm styled a vintage cabinet with cozy blankets, white ironstone china, snow-dipped pine cones, and evergreens on the inside. A glass Christmas tree collection decorates the top, and a DIY Gingerbread Wreath hung on the outside adds a crowning touch.Continue to 37 of 45 below.
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Look For Hidden Opportunities
There's a hidden Christmas tree in the bookshelf of this living room from Emily Henderson Design. Styled with Christmas ornaments, it comes into focus, while a pair of striped stockings hang from the banister nearby, a good solution if your living room lacks a fireplace mantel.Continue to 38 of 45 below.
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Be a Snowflake
Paper snowflakes and stars, silver ball garlands, mini wood and bottle brush trees, a collection of vintage deer figurines, pine cones, a pine cone wreath, some dark green ball ornaments, and a vintage magazine rack filled with birch branches create a generous and nostalgic Christmas living room ready for company from Inspired By Charm.Continue to 39 of 45 below.
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Decorate with Sunflowers
This sunflower Christmas tree from Sara Toufali is a surprising and unconventional take on holiday decor that fits with the bohemian style living room, while a simple garland strung with twinkle lights and a fireplace filled with LED pillar candles mixes right in with the cacti flanking the rustic brick and stone fireplace.Continue to 40 of 45 below.
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Cover the Tree in Berries
This pale toned living room Christmas tree from Casa Watkins Living is decorated with a mix of faux white berry branches and blue hydrangeas to add volume. Kid-friendly alphabet-shaped and DIY painted tribal driftwood ornaments fill it out.Continue to 41 of 45 below.
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Use Primary Colors
This modern Christmas living room from Emily Henderson Design has an all-white tree that allows ornaments in primary shades of red and green pop. Blue accents on throw pillows and upholstery add another dimension to the upbeat seasonal vibes.Continue to 42 of 45 below.
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Swap Out the Art
Blogger Liz Marie swapped out the art for a vintage Christmas greeting in a gilded frame above her rustic farmhouse sideboard decorated with a mini tree, stockings, and holiday decor under clear glass cloches for a homey and nostalgic take on seasonal decor.Continue to 43 of 45 below.
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Add Some Flower Power
This boho style living room from Sara Toufali has a tree decked in faux flowers, golden lights, and a patterned scarf tree skirt that feels like it belongs in the room.Continue to 44 of 45 below.
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This Christmas living room from Brexton Cole Interiors includes a small Christmas tree decked with brown ribbons that tie into the color palette and decor of the room filled with antiques and formal furnishings.Continue to 45 of 45 below.
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Maximize the Mantel
This maximalist holiday mantel from Mel Bean Interiors adds a festive touch to a contemporary formal living room that complements the existing color palette and decor while creating a holiday-themed focal point. Delicate gold animal and tree figurines and golden Christmas lighting on the garland add warmth.