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Create a magical Christmas living room

What makes for the perfect Christmas living room? A warm and welcoming feel, invitingly comfy sofas and decorations that add sparkle and enchantment. A well thought out, carefully coordinated look will transform your living room into something magical. Whether your taste is contemporary, classic or alternative, read on for some ideas for a Christmas living room you’ll love to show off to your guests.
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Contemporary Christmas living room décor

Christmas is the perfect excuse to introduce a touch of winter magic into the modern living room. A fabulous contemporary leather sofa or modular fabric corner sofa will welcome your guests in comfort and style. Or opt for a sofa bed that’s stylish by day and a luxurious guest bed by night. Decorations that add natural texture – such as natural branches, holly and ivy – will contrast beautifully with the whites, monochromes or greys that contemporary interiors often feature.

A low-key Christmas display perfectly complements contemporary décor, stick to paler shades and simple decorations. A real Christmas tree adorned with a minimal selection of simple white or clear glass baubles will add a festive feel with an avant-garde edge. In the industrial style living room, have fun with Christmas lights with full size white light bulbs or large, star shaped decorations.

Contemporary nods to the traditional Christmas tree include wall hangings made from branches and twine, and trees trade from a variety of modern materials from acrylic or metal to cardboard. Decorations aside, you can add some seasonal warmth to your modern sofa (and spoil your winter guests) with faux fur, silk or velvet accent cushions. Or place soft sheepskin or geometric-patterned rugs on wooden floors for that Nordic winter-wonderland vibe. Complete the luxurious scene with a wood and metal coffee table, a chic floor lamp and white orchids or white poinsettias.

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Classic Christmas

Relax in a classic Christmas living room

Traditional homes are perfect for creating that classic, cosy Christmas living room.

Opt for a sofa with features such as scroll arms and turned legs, or a leather Chesterfield sofa. Or treat yourself to a sofa brimming with luxury, piled up with pillow back cushions and upholstered in soft-to-the-touch velvet or chenille fabric. Then bring in extra seating, such as accent chairs, footstools or pouffes, which don’t take up much room. Be sure to tidy away any non-essential items such as magazine racks to create extra space for those extra guests.

Traditional Christmas living rooms don’t need to be overloaded with decorations – an elegant and stylish look can be created using a handful of colours, decorations and accessories for a timeless look that won’t date. For the traditional at heart, there’s something very special about much loved Christmas decorations carefully packed away, that your family can bring out and enjoy year after year.

Go for the tallest tree you can fit into your living room, so that it almost brushes the ceiling. A real tree is beautiful, but nowadays you can get artificial trees that look so realistic you can’t tell the difference. Decorate your classic Christmas tree with gold glass baubles and surround it with brightly wrapped gifts using paper that matches your colour scheme. If you have a fireplace, then make it a focal point, dressing it with garlands of fresh foliage for an ultra-stylish finish. Set an intimate mood with low-level lighting, such as table lamps and twinkling fairy lights around the fireplace, and light some Christmas-scented candles for a hearty, festive feel.

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Glamorous Christmas living room décor

The beauty of decorating your living room for Christmas is you can be as individual as you want, it’s a chance to showcase your artistic flair. You may have a living room that’s glitzy and glamorous, with a fabulously opulent sofa, coffee table footstool and accessories such as mirrors and side tables that glint with gold or silver accents. If so, you could continue the theme with lavish, oversized decorations, adding to the theatre and grandeur of your look.

A large glass-topped coffee table makes a great surface for displaying fashionable festive treasures.

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The eclectic Christmas living room

Perhaps your taste is bohemian or eclectic, with bright fabrics, prints and textures. If so, carry this on into Christmas with a colour scheme that has no limits. Choose a velvet or chenille sofa in a bold colour, piled with colour clash cushions.

To complement décor that’s eye-catching and different, consider an alternative Christmas tree too – perhaps an arrangement of stylish branches, adorned with trinkets or a creative, eco-friendly tree made entirely from recycled materials and found objects.

Byzantine tree jewels in majestic colours, hand-painted mirrored baubles and vintage fabric garlands are all decorations that would work beautifully when creating your festive emporium. Complete your eclectic look by wrapping up your gifts in ornate paper in every colour of the rainbow, with draping ribbons and glittering bows.

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