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11th December 2018

3 living room decorating ideas to try this Christmas

The undeniable hallmark of the holiday season is coming together with family and friends in a festively decorated home. If you are in charge of the Christmas gathering this year, you may need a sprinkle of inspiration with the interior touches.

Below, we’ve collected some tips on how to decorate a Christmas living room, so grab a cuppa and dive into the seasonal inspiration.

Living room design ideas for Christmas

The most important thing to remember when decorating your living room for the festive season is maintaining a balance between crowded and sparse. Start by choosing a colour scheme or a theme for your Christmas décor and keeping all design aspects in line with it.

Traditional Christmas living room

An essential starting point for fans of the traditional red and green colour scheme is a real tree adorned with crimson baubles and natural ornaments such as pine cones and berries. Sage green cushions and a thick scarlet throw nested on your leather furniture will carry the theme through the rest of the room. Top it all off with a red berry wreath.

Continue the theme onto the walls with a sage green matt paint and dress with a red berry wreath. Add a few mismatched cushions in winter florals, a cosy scarlet throw and framed prints to finish the décor.

Festive monochrome – Scandinavian living room décor


If you prefer more minimalist interior design, monochrome Christmas decorations are just the thing for your living room. Such colour scheme makes the space effortlessly classy and glamorous without the risk of veering into kitsch.

Start with a glittering monochrome tree and pine stem accents scattered across the room in place of colourful ornaments. You could even take it one step further and fill a basket with fresh pine cones and real branches – this nice touch will bring the smell and charm of winter woods into your home.

White is a particularly popular choice when it comes to monochrome living room décor for the holiday season. Create the airy, bright look of freshly fallen snow by covering your stylish leather sofa with a white furry throw – an understated theme which you can replicate over armchairs and your coffee table with sparkling white geometric textiles.

Rustic living room Christmas charm


Lovers of the rustic aesthetic can play around with vintage and farmhouse elements to create an inviting Christmas living room. Sprigs of evergreen and a frosted Christmas tree will fit seamlessly with the retro look of the space. If you have a vintage Chesterfield leather sofa, you can turn it into a focal point by drawing the attention with a stylish tartan throw.

If you’re not a fan of going all out with Christmas decoration, little touches like scattering a few festively patterned cushions across your leather sofa and peppering a couple of small ornaments throughout the room will add festive character and comfort to the space.

Festive leather furniture

Cambridge 3 Seater Leather Sofa in Oxblood

When it comes to going home for the holidays, everyone associates the living room with blissful relaxation. That’s why boosting the comfort levels of your leather sofa with festively themed cushions and throws is essential for when decorating the space for Christmas.

The holidays are also an excellent occasion to put your vintage leather furniture centre stage. Place your armchairs by the fire, where you friends and family can cosy up with a hot cuppa or doze off to the sound of crackling logs.

Create a truly seamless Christmas experience by matching your cushions and blankets to the rest of the decorations in the room. You can also keep a few baskets with spare throws near your leather furniture so your guests can get cosy without extra fuss.

Browse the Thomas Lloyd blog for more interior design ideas.

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