During the holiday season, the living room takes on even greater importance. Year-round, it’s the gathering spot for family and friends. It’s where you catch up at the end of the day, make wonderful memories, sip hot cocoa, watch your favorite movies, and relax and unwind. You can create an even more meaningful space by transforming it into a winter wonderland for the holidays.
The best way to accomplish this is through your décor! Adding some festive Christmas decorations to your space can completely change the tone, character, and spirit of the room. Here are a few ideas to help make that magical vision for the season a reality.
Is there anything that resonates more strongly with the holiday season than a bevy of ornaments? Don’t just use them to decorate your tree, although that’s definitely a good starting point. As you think about creating your very own winter wonderland, be creative. Where in the room can you practically incorporate ornaments? The very addition of these sparkling, shiny baubles can transform any room in an instant.
It so happens that the living room is full of little nooks and spots where you can easily implement an extra Christmas ornament or two. Fill a decorative bowl full of them and place them in the center of the coffee table for an instantly eye-catching focal point. Set a few on top of the mantle so that they draw the eye upward and call even more attention to your stockings.
Speaking of the mantel, that’s an excellent place to showcase some serious holiday magic. Have some fun making your vision a reality. Drape a Christmas garland across the length of the structure, for example. The greenery will nicely contrast with every other colorful accent in the room. Add a festive holiday sign or a string of twinkling lights to tie into the lights on your tree. The effect is bright, cohesive, and festive all at once.
You can also add a houseplant or two to the top if it’s small enough. Dainty succulents bring an earthy touch to the design, while poinsettias represent the beauty and color of the season beautifully. Just be sure to care for them properly, and pull them off the mantel temporarily when you use the fireplace. That will prevent them from drying out and from being overexposed to light.
Focusing on the rest of the room is easy, but what about your furniture? You’ll feel right at home and oh so comfortable when you give your couches a holiday-inspired update to put you in a more jolly state of mind. To start, assess areas where you can swap existing features for new ones. For example, you might replace your current throw pillows with Christmas throw pillows, or simply add some where none currently exist.
Brighten up a neutral sofa by draping a Christmas-themed blanket across the top or placing it casually on the side. The idea is to warm up the room by lending it a cozy and inviting quality that invites people to relax and linger just a little bit longer while they polish off that mug of hot cocoa and enjoy their favorite movies. The living room fosters a sense of familial warmth, and those little accents go a long way in boosting the vibe.
The beauty of the holiday season is that you can easily approach its many different design elements from varying standpoints. If you’re less about the bold reds and greens and more into sophisticated silvers, natural elements, and glossy accents, your living room will look truly polished and sophisticated throughout the season with the right features. Add natural detailing, like iridescent faux snow and pine cones, to your tree to give it that telltale glint that both honors the great outdoors and commands attention.
Place fluffy white blankets and throw pillows on the sofa and chairs. Add a Christmas tree skirt in a neutral color to bring it all together. The effect is elegant, luxurious, and classy all at once, without sacrificing a hint of that coziness you crave in your living room. It’s an easy way to invite a touch of the outdoors inside.
Getting into the spirit of the holiday season has never been simpler. Once you get into the decorating mode, you may not be able to stop! If you aren’t sure where to start, begin with the basics, like your tree and mantel. See where your design dreams take you and have fun experimenting with different colors, textures, and accents to create the festive winter wonderland you’ve always wanted. As one of the most inviting and comfortable areas of your home, it’s also one of the most practical spots to infuse a touch of holiday cheer!