50 Stunning Christmas Living Room Decorating Ideas [2024]

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Christmas is coming, and it’s time to prepare for the season of goodwill. Indeed, your living room is where you’ll host family, friends and other guests, making it essential to decorate this area.

Fortunately, you can achieve this without breaking the bank, so keep this in mind.

If you’re looking to transform your living room this Christmas, but don’t know where to begin, here are 50 magical ways you can create a festive living space, on any budget.

How to Make Your Living Room Look Festive

There’s more to living room Christmas decorations than the Christmas tree, Here are 50 different ways you can decorate your living room for Christmas!

  1. Decorate the front door
  2. Shuffle the furniture
  3. Festive lighting
  4. Decorate the tree
  5. Sprinkle baubles
  6. String lights around the windows
  7. Hang Christmas stockings on the mantel
  8. Add a Christmas tree with colorful ornaments
  9. Place a nativity scene on a side table
  10. Drape a Christmas-themed throw blanket over the sofa
  11. Add red and green cushions to chairs
  12. Hang mistletoe in the doorway
  13. Place a holiday wreath on the front door
  14. Put up a Christmas wall decal or sticker
  15. Display Christmas cards on a string
  16. Arrange pinecones in a decorative bowl
  17. Add a Christmas garland along the staircase
  18. Display a Christmas village on a console table
  19. Light up some Christmas-scented candles
  20. Use holiday-themed table runners
  21. Decorate with poinsettias
  22. Hang a snowflake mobile from the ceiling
  23. Display a gingerbread house
  24. Hang some holiday-themed art
  25. Place candy canes in jars or vases
  26. Add ornaments to houseplants
  27. Wrap gifts in festive paper and display them
  28. Put up an advent calendar
  29. Decorate a mini Christmas tree for the kids
  30. Play Christmas music on a vintage record player
  31. Use snow globes as table decorations
  32. Add holiday-themed dishware for snacks
  33. Place a Christmas-themed area rug
  34. Use gold or silver accents for elegance
  35. Hang ornaments from chandeliers or light fixtures
  36. Place a Santa Claus figure or plush toy
  37. Display nutcrackers on the mantel
  38. Add twinkling fairy lights in a jar
  39. Fill a glass vase with red and green marbles
  40. Use Christmas mugs for hot cocoa or coffee
  41. Hang paper snowflakes on the windows
  42. Drape tinsel on houseplants or trees
  43. Display Christmas books or classic holiday stories
  44. Place reindeer figures on tables or shelves
  45. Put out a holiday-themed puzzle for guests
  46. Add some Christmas-themed coasters
  47. Place Christmas crackers on the coffee table
  48. Use holiday-themed napkins and hand towels
  49. Hang a Christmas calendar countdown
  50. Add some bells to your door handle
  51. Use red and green serviette rings
  52. Display a collection of holiday figurines
  53. Create a Christmas playlist for background music
  54. Add a wooden sled or skis as a prop
  55. Put battery-operated candles in the windows for a cozy glow

1. Decorate your front door (on both sides)

Winter Wreath from Cox & Cox at ufurnish.com

Your front door is what your guests observe before entering your home, and prepping it up is a great way to welcome them and make them feel relaxed.

Moreover, your entryway can set the tone for your living room’s decorations, so keep this in mind.

Fortunately, several front-door Christmas decor styles, whether minimalist or flamboyant, are available to suit your taste and preferences.

For instance, you can hang a wreath outdoors if you want a simple but timeless look. 

Festive Silver Garland from Cox & Cox

Alternatively, garlands give a more natural feel and can work for outdoor and indoor door decor. As a tip, enhance your garlands with pinecones, flashy ornaments and ribbons for a more magical look.

Festive lights and topiaries can also work well, so keep this in mind. Another great idea worth considering is creating a snowman on your door’s interior area- you can pull this off with ribbons or any other fabric. 

2. Pay attention to your furniture 

Sofa from Loaf.com

Furniture is essential in interior design, as it defines the role of and adds functionality to a space. It also enhances your home’s style and charm while completing interior decor.

Seeing your furniture’s importance and paying attention to it makes sense when transforming your living room.

You can begin by reshuffling your furniture pieces to create a more relaxed space while promoting traffic flow in your living room.

Experts advise taking out some chairs to accommodate your Christmas tree without making the area too stuffy, so feel free to consider this.

You also want to decorate your couch by swapping your regular throw pillows and blankets for festive options. 

Image: Weaver Green

As a tip, leverage various textures, patterns and sizes, especially those with Christmas colours, to achieve the desired effects.

Alternatively, pair Christmas pillows with normal pillows to enhance the festive ambience. You also don’t want to forget your coffee table since it’s a focal point in your living room. Consider decorating it with greenery or glass cloche domes, or tell a story with your table vignette.

Grouping complementary Christmas items in a crate or tray can also work well, so keep this in mind. Consequently, consider other options like decorative tableware from Verano Ceramics to spruce up your coffee table. 

3. Invest in festive lighting

Image: Sofology

Transform your living room into a wonderland by investing in festive lighting. Indeed, lighting can quickly change the ambience of your living room while keeping your household and guests in the Christmas mood.

And one festive lighting option you can’t forgo is Christmas lights, as they are inexpensive but classic and timeless.

Experts advise hanging them on your Christmas tree, draping them on furniture or placing them on curtain rods to avoid damaging your walls with nails. You can also leverage glass jars as DIY snowy lanterns to add to the magical atmosphere, so feel free to consider this.

Ice lanterns are also beautiful and easy to make, so keep this in mind. 

4. Prioritise your Christmas tree decorations

Christmas Tree from Cox & Cox at ufurnish.com

Your Christmas tree is undoubtedly the largest festive decor you can have in your home, and what better way to make your living room magical than by decorating your tree with ornaments?

Fortunately, several decorative pieces are available in different shapes, sizes and colours, so you can choose those that match your decor and preferences.

Now is also the time to unleash your creative spirit- you can dress your mantelpiece with brightly-coloured pampas grass or spruce your tree with glittering baubles, so keep this in mind.

Your tree should reflect your personality while creating warmth and comfort. So, don’t be shy to use whatever you love on your tree this festive season. 

5. Sprinkle baubles around your living room

Baubles from Ella James

There’s no rule stating that baubles should be limited to your tree. These ornaments can work well in any area of your living room and even your front door. You can also hang them on floor lamps, cabinet door handles, and table lights.

Experts also advise hanging these ornaments with different velvet ribbon lengths to achieve the desired magical effect. 

If you’re looking for more Christmas decorating ideas, you’ll also like our 23 Christmas Tree Ideas for Small Spaces

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Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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