15 Beautiful Ways to Decorate the Living Room for Christmas

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    Traditional Christmas Decor

    Traditional Christmas Decor
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    In most homes the living room is the center of the action when it comes to holiday decor. It's where the Christmas tree goes, it's where presents get opened, and it's where you gather with family and friends all season long. And whether your style is traditional, modern, or something in between, the living room always lends itself exceptionally well to Christmas decorations.

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    Scandinavian Style Christmas Decorating

    Swedish Style Christmas Decorating
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    Scandinavian style is known for being light and airy, but this room demonstrates how well the look lends itself to holiday decorations. With a few natural additions in a palette of red, green and white, a simple, Nordic-inspired room is turned into a Christmas wonderland.

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    A Fresh and Fun Christmas Living Room

    Fresh and fun Christmas living room
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    Wreaths are often reserved for hanging on doors and occasionally over mantels, but these little guys show how great wreaths look when used in unexpected places. If you're going to try a look like this and hang multiple wreaths in a room, vary the sizes in order to create some balance and not have them compete with each other. In this case the large wreath over the mantel is complimented by the miniature versions dotting the tops of the windows.

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    Christmas Decor in a Traditional Study

    Christmas decor in a Georgian study
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    Christmas is a time steeped in tradition, and no room is more suited to holiday decor than one that is traditional in style. In this room the rich panelled walls, oversize fireplace, and antique furniture provide the perfect backdrop for for a festive tree and garland in the classic colors of red, green and gold. 

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    Dreaming of a White Christmas

    White Christmas decor
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    If you've been dreaming of a white Christmas look no further than this icy delight. While all-white rooms might not be for everyone, this one sparkles and glows with the help of numerous candles and strands of twinkle lights, making it feel warm and cozy. It just goes to show that you don't need to overload on color to get in the Christmas spirit. A couple of bright red pillows are all that's needed to add a pop of color to this neutral space.

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    Playful Holiday Color Palette

    Playful holiday color palette
    Maria Killam, photo by Tracey Ayton Photography

    There are no rules that state you must stay within a particular color palette during the holidays. In fact, it's a great time to play with color! A tree decked out in lime green, bright pink, and dark yellow takes a cheerful twist on the traditional. Although it may be a little out of the box, it's impossible not to be happy a room like this!

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    Christmas Decor in a Classic Living Room

    Christmas decor in a converted farmhouse
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    There's power in simplicity. While the holidays are certainly a time when it's ok to go overboard with decorations, it's also more than ok to keep things simple. A Christmas tree, a crackling fire, and a few candles are all you need to have a sophisticated and elegant Christmas.

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    Christmas in an Old World Living Room

    Old world living room at Christmas
    Dillard-Jones Builders, LLC via Houzz.com

    This festive room with its large Christmas tree, stone hearth and old world charm is the perfect place to cozy up on a cold winter's night. Or as the trees outside the windows indicate, perhaps a warm winter's night! Either way, it's the perfect room for cuddling up with some cocoa and a favorite Christmas movie, and settling in for the night.

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    A Bright and Bold Christmas Color Palette

    Colorful Christmas decor
    Regina Gust Designs via Houzz

    A vibrant, summery color palette lends a little Palm Beach flair to this fun and festive living room. The key to making a non-traditional holiday color palette work is to make sure that whatever colors you choose they're all kept within the same tones - in this case all bright and juicy citrus colors.

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    Christmas in a Country Living Room

    Christmas Tree in Traditional Living Room
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    This country floral living room is all set for an evening of card games, eggnog, and casual conversation. While there's a certain formality to the style of decorating, the soft fabrics and comfortable furniture lend a sense of relaxed elegance. The Christmas decor only adds to the feeling, with orange and purple playing off of the room's pink tones in an unexpected but delightful way.

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    Dramatic Family Room Decked Out for Christmas

    Dramatic Christmas family room
    Linly Designs

    Don't try to reinvent the wheel. If your living room is already dramatic, compliment and enhance it by adding equally dramatic Christmas decorations.  A fully decked out tree, lit up displays above the bookcases, and a mantel surrounded by green, red and gold decorations are the perfect way to make the most of this impressive family room. 

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    Contemporary Living Room at Christmas

    Contemporary living room at Christmas
    Cortney Bishop Design

    If you don't want to clutter up table surfaces or give up floor space for a lot of decorations, just look up. Architectural details like ceiling beams are perfect for hanging Christmas decorations and creating a festive look in an otherwise unadorned room (except for the Christmas tree of course).

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    Festive Family Room

    Festive family room
    Home Star Staging

    Mantels always take center stage during the holidays, and this one is no exception. While traditional mantels are often decorated with garlands and ornaments, this one is full of rustic, and not necessarily holiday-themed items. But layered together with a few Christmasy embellishments, they evoke the pastoral sentiments of Christmases gone by, and help to give this family room a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.

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    Casual Christmas Decor with Rustic Elements

    Christmas decor with rustic details
    Julie Ranee Photography

    For some people Christmas decorating is about tradition and formality, while for others it's about fun and frivolity. This room has a bit of both. Traditional elements combine with rustic accessories and clever displays to create a sense of casual fun. Notice the hats hanging in the shape of a tree with a star on top? It's this kind of clever display idea that adds a sense of playfulness to the season. 

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    Contemporary Christmas Tree

    White Christmas Tree
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    Not into over the top Christmas decorating? No problem. You can still create a big impact using just one item. In this modern space a white Christmas tree makes a striking statement. There isn't one other piece of Christmas paraphernalia in sight, meaning all eyes are drawn to this single pillar of the season. Sometimes less is more!