Layer up the cosiness with woollen blankets and cushions for fireside armchairs. Keeping additional throws close to hand in baskets or blanket boxes will allow your guests to snuggle up on sofas, armchairs and window seats without having to ask. Look for Christmassy designs in keeping with your furniture and your tree for a room scheme that looks effortlessly co-ordinated.
Don’t forget the holly and the ivy
Give your living space the traditional Christmas treatment and opt for a classic red and green colour scheme. A real tree is a must for a modern country home, festooned with deep crimson baubles and folk-inspired paper ornaments. 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.
Let it glow!
Use warm honey-coloured Christmas lights, ornamental candles and firelight to create a deeply rich and cosy scheme. Even a pared-back traditional room will come to life with a festive ambiance when dressed in toffee colours and yellow gold. Black and white baubles add contrast and crispness to the look. Stick to your monochrome and metallic palette when wrapping your presents for the ultimate finishing touch.
Go far out with foliage
Be bold with fresh foliage to make a big impact in a white modern living room. Stick with evergreens such as eucalyptus and ferns for fragrance and longevity, then go supersize for a playful twist on the traditional festive wreath. The simple colours evoke the snow-topped forests of Scandinavia, working well with the soft grey sofa and faux fur throw. A few festive ornaments finish the look while retaining a laid-back feel.
Rock around the Christmas tree
Christmas decorating doesn’t need to feature angels and mistletoe; with a little imagination you can add seasonal cheer to an industrial space and keep your cool credentials. Top your tree with a Sputnik-style ornament and use neon lighting to get an edgy vibe that ties in with the rock and roll references. Oversized paper decorations in red, white and blue are a fun addition to the scheme and a minimal glass serving dish is filled with chocolate coins as a centrepiece to the coffee table. Get creative and craft rag garlands and card strings to decorate a cosy fireplace. Mix the colours of a countryside Christmas in pine green and holly red along with ditsy florals and traditional tartan in stockings and throws. Carve rosy apples into tea light holders for another shot of red and dress the mantel with cheery cyclamen and eucalyptus.
Transform an old favourite
Create a festive focal point by taking over a bookcase with a display of Christmas curiosities. In this modern white living room, alphabet mugs spell out a message to Santa while stags, cats and bird sculptures peep out from behind ornamental trees and deep green glassware. Magical touches such as the crown and a white owl bring a hint of Narnia to the scheme that will delight children. Finally add shape and texture with a cluster of honeycomb paper spheres in a variety of sizes.
Copper and rose gold
Tap into the colour trend of the year with rose gold accessories and tree decorations. Create a beautiful focal point at the over mantel mirror with an abundance of long tapered candles in different metallic finishes. A few generous copper baubles will tie the tree in to the whole room’s décor and create a harmonious festive feeling without dominating the room.
Make up a mantelpiece
If you’re lucky enough to have an open fire in your home, make the most of it at Christmas by stocking up on logs and dressing the mantelpiece with festive ornaments and evergreens. A coal scuttle and log basket are practical fireside essentials but also lend a room a cosy country feel.
Keep it simple
Keep decorations simple for a scheme that evokes the style of Christmas past. A floral arrangement in seasonal hues brings good cheer to this traditional living room. All it takes to complete the look is a classic pine garland, a bowl of festive fruits, and some twinkling tea lights. If you’re expecting guests, polish up your best tableware and present it on an elegant tray along with a bowlful of sweet treats.
Invite the whole family for a spot of old-fashioned festive entertainment around the piano. Here heavy velvet curtains create the feel of a stage around the piano, while an opulent trim dresses the stool to eye-catching effect. Rich, luxurious textures like these are made for the winter months and your guests are sure to appreciate them. The pine cone wreath marks the centre of attention and a gold disc swag strung across the room shimmers in the candlelight, adding to the celebratory atmosphere.
Draw up a chair
Bring in additional seating to make your guests feel at home in the living room. Nothing is more Christmassy than gathering around a roaring fire, surrounded by family and friends. Create a sociable space with a ring of seating centred around a hearth rug and coffee table. Mix-and-match armchairs and sofas create a relaxed rather than a formal feel, perfect for cosy chats. Convert the mantel into a candle display that co-ordinates with your tree decorations. If you have a mirror the flickering will reflect the fire below.
Include a If you don’t have a single accessible space for guests to refresh their glasses in the evening, why not bring a selection of drinks into some of the shared spaces around the house? In this cosy country library, a colonial-style rattan stand provides smart storage space for an ice bucket, cocktail shaker, glassware and wines and spirits, allowing everyone to fix their own drinks without having to head off to the kitchen.