On average, Americans spend around $1,000 every year during Christmas. More than half of that amount is allocated to gifts for friends, family, and coworkers. However, you should consider saving some of that money and investing it in redecorating your living room.
The living room is the first thing visitors see when they come to your home. It's also the place where you spend most of your time when you're not out and about, so it should be a place that makes you feel at ease. During Christmas, it’s more important than ever to make sure that your living room looks beautiful. That’s because all the guests and your relatives will be coming in to celebrate Christmas with you.
That being said, let’s see how you can decorate your living room for Christmas.
Bring in a New Rug
Rugs can really tie the room together. They can also help keep the room warm, which is especially important if you have hardwood floors and a drafty front door. New rugs can be used as focal points when adding new furniture. They could also define different areas of your living room.
Rugs also add color to the floor. In a way, this helps complement your walls and furniture.
Make an Accent Wall
An accent wall is a great way to create impact in your living room without committing yourself to a full-on reno. It’s also a quick and relatively cheap way to give any space an instant makeover.
There are so many different ways you can go about creating an accent wall, but try choosing one or two colors that are bolder than the rest of your decor. Then, display them prominently on one side of the room. Ideally, this could be the side where your Christmas tree is or opposite it. You could also use wallpaper if you want something that looks more permanent.
You could also pick a color that’s commonly used in your state. It’s been found that each state in the U.S. has its own favorite wall color. While the color may not be something you’d apply on all your walls, you could use it for the accent and tone.
You could also try using large pieces of art instead. They tend not to take up too much space but still provide plenty of visual impacts.
Get Wicker Furniture
The global outdoor furniture market is valued at $46.21 billion (as of 2021). In the U.S., wicker is the choice of many when it comes to such furniture. While wicker furniture is widely used for outdoor purposes, it will look good inside your living room too.
Wicker furniture will give your living room an instant lift. Wicker pieces are great for use in different areas around the house. They can be used for coffee tables or end tables, or even chairs. They're perfect for bringing some color into your home during the holidays while making sure the living room looks minimalistic.
Clean the Fireplace
If you have a gas fireplace, light it and let it burn for at least 30 minutes before beginning to clean the hearth. This will help remove any dust or debris that may be stuck in the grates and crevices of your hearth.
If you have a real wood-burning fireplace, use a vacuum to clean out as much of the ashes as possible before wiping it down with a damp cloth. Use dry cloths (or paper towels) next to wipe down both the mantel and hearth surfaces of your brick fireplaces.
Find a Corner for the Tree
The reasons you should not put up your Christmas tree in the middle of the room are many, but a tree in the middle of your living room will be too distracting. You don’t want people tripping over branches or poking their eyes out with an ornament. You also don’t want all that natural light coming through windows and doors because then it will make everything look dark and dull.
Thus, pick a corner for your tree. Ideally, place it in the corner with the accent colors.
Keep the Decorations Minimal
You should never overdo your decor during Christmas. Keep things simple, and make sure your decorations are tasteful. If you're thinking about getting a few more lights or Luxury Cushion Covers or adding some additional ornaments to the tree, it may be time to reconsider. It's also important that you don't get carried away with the holiday decorating process if you have young children who like to play around the house a lot.
Ensure Natural Lighting
When it comes to redecorating your living room for Christmas, one of the most important things you can do is ensure natural lighting. The best way to do this is by using windows and mirrors to reflect light into your living room. You can also use lamps or candles (either real or electric) to create a warm atmosphere that makes you feel right at home during the holidays. As mentioned before, avoid placing the Christmas tree in the middle of the room to prevent blocking the natural lighting.
If you want to give your living room a makeover, start with the basics and work your way up. These suggestions will only prove to be helpful if you can do them right.