Christmas living room ideas to celebrate the festive season in style

Dressed up or dressed down, subtle or bold – our gallery of decorative Christmas living room schemes will inspire you to get your living room ready for the festive season.

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1. DIVINE DECORATING

A generously decorated Christmas tree with stacks of beautifully wrapped presents is sure to spark the festive mood. Take a ‘more is more’ approach and leave no branch unadorned, but ensure a sophisticated look by setting a strict colour scheme that blends rather than fights with the room’s existing tones. Follow this through to your ribbon and wrapping paper, and even to the mantelpiece garland.

Christmas living room ideas

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2. DRESSED UP

As well as or even in lieu of a tree, why not dedicate a wall to an up-scaled wreath? Here, burnished gold, copper and deep purple set a glamorous tone and chime with the sitting room’s colour palette. ‘Invest in a beautiful faux ivy garland; they look very real and can be used year after year. Embellish the leaves with berries or garden greenery for different looks,’ says Annabel Lewis, owner, VV Rouleaux.

Christmas living room ideas

Keswick console table, £765; Brompton floor lamp, £405, both Neptune, neptune.com.

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3. FOCAL POINT

In addition to other more impactful festive focal points, layer up a room with subtle displays on console or side tables. Here, silver and pewter vases and bowls are filled with foliage, berries, nuts and frosted fruit, while tall, slim candles are very much of the moment.

Christmas living room ideas

Similar garland, Silver pine cone garland, £18, Gisela Graham at The Contemporary Home, tch.net. Image credit: Simon Brown

4. WHITE CHRISTMAS

For a sophisticated look, go for a palette of off-whites and use glass and silver to add that special Christmas shimmer. These sparkling decorations look fantastic nestled in against green foliage, so they’re perfect for the tree, then dress your fireplace with fir or eucalyptus and pine cones, and break up the layer of greenery with silver candlesticks. For a luxurious finish, fresh white roses will up the glamour stakes.

Christmas living room ideas

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5. IN THE DETAIL

Decorating your tree with only glass baubles in different shapes, styles and colours gives an understated, delicate feel. A glazed cabinet offers a chic home for a collection of ceramics.

Christmas living room ideas

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6. TIMELESS CHRISTMAS

The gentle glow of candlelight, frosted silver and natural foliage combine for an atmospheric Scandinavian-inspired feel. The unusual array of garlands gives this formal room an air of whimsy.

Christmas living room ideas

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7. DARK AND DRAMATIC

Christmas is the perfect time to go for luxurious and indulgent decor. Think rich velvet, an abundance of foliage and strong, deep colours. A large Christmas tree makes a beautiful focal point, however avoid over-decorating the rest of the room or it will end up feeling crowded.

Christmas living room ideas

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