Whether you’re hosting a big holiday bash or curling up in front of the fireplace with some hot cocoa, a Christmas-ready home with holiday home decor makes the holiday season so much more fun and festive. But if the explosion of Christmas decor at the store has ever overwhelmed you, you’ve come to the right place. Check out our guide below to learn exactly how to deck the halls (and fireplace, front door....and the rest of your home!) for the holiday season.
How to Decorate a Living Room For Christmas
When you want to spend an evening getting lost in a good book or watching a cheery holiday flick, a decked-out living room is the best place to do it. Even if decorations in other parts of the house can be more sparse, the living room is your chance to go all out.
Start by layering your living room with cozy blankets and throw pillows in seasonal patterns of deep red, forest green, plaid, or sparkle. Add Christmas books to the coffee table so you and your family can enjoy inspirational stories throughout the holidays. The living room is also the perfect place to showcase a nativity set or miniature Christmas village, complete with fairy lights and fake snow.
Go the extra mile with your living room decor by swapping out framed photos for seasonal artwork or Christmas-inspired quotes. You can do this inexpensively by finding free or cheap downloads on Etsy or blogs. Or you can fill more wall space by hanging an advent calendar, homemade snowflakes, and mini wreaths.
How to Decorate a Fireplace For Christmas
The fireplace is the focal point of the living room, so turn your decorating skills up a notch when you tackle this zone. There are endless ways to decorate a fireplace for Christmas, but every home should include a few key elements to make pull off a balanced, complete look.
First, grab your favorite holiday wreath and hang it above the mantel. Next, choose objects of various heights to set out across the mantel. Think: candle sticks, miniature Christmas trees, a seasonal bouquet, or framed holiday images. Finish off the fireplace with real or faux garland, your favorite stocking hangers, and stockings.
Don’t have a fireplace? You can still get the look by hanging a long tree branch on a blank wall. Then decorate the area using all of the same tips, but use the branch as your stand-in mantel. You can even hang your stockings from the stick — just make sure it is well-secured to the wall!
How to Decorate a Door For Christmas
A door is the entryway to your home, so let’s make a good first impression! Of course, a wreath is a standard way to decorate a door for Christmas, but there are many other ways to get creative with your door decor.
Round out the look by adding garland and lights around the door frame, then place a potted poinsettia off to the side of the door. Decorate the rest of the door with holiday-themed decals, red ribbons, oversized candy canes, or Christmas stars.
More Holiday Home Decor Ideas
We can’t create a holiday decor guide without mentioning the Christmas tree. No matter what type of tree you get, the Christmas tree is a great way to express your decorating style. Get creative and choose a style that fits the rest of your home.
For example, if you love the minimal look, string the tree with wooden beads and cranberries. And if vintage is your style, you can add a collection of antique ornaments and 50s-inspired gold tinsel. Likewise, a traditionalist will love decorating the tree with matching Christmas balls in festive colors.
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