If your living room is the area where you do most of your holiday entertaining, creating the perfect atmosphere is a must. The decor can be simple or extravagant, understated or in your face. No matter your style, your guests should feel the holiday cheer when they walk into the room. Here are tips on creating a holiday living room.
- Start with what you have. Does your living room have a fireplace? Is the room already painted a deep red color? Embellish the items you have that exude a holiday vibe. Sometimes all it takes is a look around your home to add some holiday flair. Those metallic candlesticks you have laying around could be an ordinary decoration any other time of the year, but it also fits the seasonal category.
- Ornaments aren’t just for trees. Gather a group of ornaments and place them in a clear bowl to use as a centerpiece. Use a bunch of similar ornaments to create a wreath. When it does come to tree ornaments, they differ depending on personal style. Some people like to theme their trees- whether that be in color or material- but it doesn’t need to be that way! Maybe you collect ornaments traveling the world or like a variety when it comes to your tree decorations. There are no rules on how to decorate a Christmas tree.
- Use elements of nature. If you celebrate Christmas, you are most likely putting up a Christmas tree and nothing says nature more than a live evergreen sitting in your living room. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, there are other ways you can incorporate natural elements. Hang garland around the room, incorporate red berries or mistletoe into the space or hang a wreath on your door. Wood end tables, coffee tables or the logs for your fireplace also give a woodsy feel that is so comforting during the winter.
- Play up the senses. Wool and faux fur pillows and blankets are perfect for the holiday season. They offer warmth and comfort. Layering blankets and area rugs are a great way to build texture. Candles in scents like cinnamon, pine, or vanilla, are pleasurable, seasonal aromas. According to the expert Asheville painters, letting in natural light and incorporating white accents in the room brighten up the space.
- Decor swap. Look around the room and see what items you can swap out with holiday-related decor. Do you have a piece of artwork hanging up? Switch it with a Christmas themed print. Do you have a mantle? Replace what’s on top of it now with candles, snow globes, holiday photos and accessories you find in the Christmas aisle at the department store.
Get into the spirit of the season and create a holiday living room. Your friends and family will appreciate the effort you made when they come over to celebrate. For more holiday design tips, contact Gina Wolleat, a Blaine, MN interior decorator.