Get Your Living Area Guest-Ready for Christmas

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The living room is a key part of the 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 Baileys, 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 this room!


Above: Metallic Brick Slip Tiles and Peacock Slate Effect Tiles


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 decs 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.


Above: Scintilla Olive Tiles


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.


hygge living area


To create a 'Hygge' look in your living room, get candle-happy. Introduce textured throws and cushions to your sofa; create a snugly 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 boardgames. 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?


split face tiles

Above: Rustic Split Face Tiles


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.


Make it: tiled tray

Whilst you're entertaining guests in the living room, you'll probably want to serve up warm drinks and festive snacks! We've created a step by step guide to make a gorgeous Tiled tray, to help you carry the goodies through. It also makes for a fab gift!

Click here for the guide: How to make a tiled tray



There you have it - everything you need to get your living room guest-ready this Christmas!


This blog comes from our free eBook, How To Get Your Home Ready for Christmas, which is full of decorating ideas, tips to get your home guest-ready, yummy recipes, fun makes for you and the kids, and fab gift ideas. Click here to download it now



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Callum Chester

Having headed up the content at Walls and Floors since 2012, Callum Chester shares expert advice, trends and home styling imagery with the likes of Ideal Home, Good Homes and Real Homes on a daily basis. An experienced content writer, Callum is also the creator of Design Peach, a blog of 'sweet, bite-sized ideas for the home and garden'