The living room is a key part of the festive period for a lot of families. Whether you’re decorating the Christmas tree, snuggling up with a festive film, entertaining guests over a glass of Bailey’s, or unwrapping presents on Christmas morning, lots of the festivities take place in the lounge, so it’s a good idea to give it a refresh.
Here are some ideas to help freshen up the living room ready for Christmas!
Real or no real
No festive living room would be complete without a Christmas tree! There’s an age-old argument about whether or not to get a real tree. Some love them for the smell, others hate them for the mess.
If you’re against getting a real tree because of the blanket of needles that will cover your floor, then ask for a ‘non-drop’ one, and keep it well watered. On the other hand, if you’re against getting an artificial tree because you simply adore the smell of a real tree, then you can get pine-scented sticks that give your fake tree the aroma of a natural one!
If you don’t have the room for a tree, then buy one printed onto fabric, hang it on the wall and pin your decorations into it!
Make a statement
One quick way of making a big difference in your living room is to create a statement floor. A statement floor is basically a characterful surface that injects lots of personality into a room, and draws the eye; distracting from the rest of the room, which allows things like the furniture and accessories to remain unchanged.
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Patterned tiles have made a huge comeback and are perfect for mastering a statement floor. The pattern trend has made its way to decorative encaustic styled designs, which allow you to create a luxurious vintage scheme.
How to hygge
When it comes to festive living room ideas, we need to talk about Hygge. It’s a Nordic concept and it’s all about making the most of winter by enjoying the simple things and creating a warm, cosy ambience in your home.
To create a ‘Hygge’ look in your living room, get candle-happy. Introduce textured throws and cushions to your sofa; create a snug space where you can get nice and toasty with a cup of cocoa. Swap those bright, glaring light bulbs for warmer, lower-wattage alternatives. Put a rug on a bare floor. Turn off the TV and bring out the board games. These simple changes will help to ignite a festive spark in your home.
Re-light your fire
The fireplace is a key stocking-hanging, chestnut roasting spot in the home each winter! If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace in your living room, then make the most of it! A well-dressed fireplace can act as the main focal point in the room, so why not rejuvenate it?
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Whether you’re cladding the walls behind a wood burner, decorating the surround, or installing a stylish new hearth, tiles are the perfect option when it comes to bringing a fireplace back to life. They’re heat resistant, easy to install and come in thousands of designs and styles.
There you have it – everything you need to get your living room guest-ready this Christmas!
How are you styling your living room for Christmas? We’d love to know! Tag us in your projects on Instagram @wallsandfloors.
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