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I have something to confess! For two years now, he has never felt particularly Christmas-like, even as December approaches. I didn’t really feel like decorating, so all I did was put up the tree. I know it may seem a bit “silly” and I usually love Christmas, but this season has a somber feel to it, so I wanted to keep things very low-key and simple. . Well, let me tell you, 2022 is over and “simple” has gone out the window. And thank you for that!
I hope you feel ready to welcome the Christmas season by packing it full of glitter and baubles. I mean, if you can’t make a fuss over Christmas, when can you? While the past two years have felt like a time to hibernate for the season and enjoy the simple joys of a sparkling tree (and pretty much everything else), this year we’re getting excited again about decorating our homes for Christmas. It feels completely right to do so.
Now, one thing I may not have mentioned on the blog is that earlier this year I decided to give my living room a little makeover. I said goodbye to the pale mushroom/gray and replaced it with coat paint Persipan. This is a warm, soft terracotta shade that I absolutely love. So this is my first time seeing Christmas decorations in this shade, but let me tell you, I’m here for it.
We are also very honored to be teaming up with Berry this year. Berry helped me jazz up my Christmas decorations a bit, including a pre-lit Christmas tree with beautiful festive flocking. They have a great selection of Christmas trees and decorations on their website and I was spoiled for choice, but I’m sure they’ll continue to come out every year. So today I wanted to share some tips on how to decorate your own living room this Christmas.
decorate christmas mantle
First things first… if you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace, make it the star of the show (aside from the tree, of course!). For the mantle, I used blush pink garland and added Very’s White Berry Frost Spray Pick. I pull out everything else I’ve had for years every year, but just adding a few new things makes everything feel really fun, festive, and bright.
A simple garland can easily be dressed up with additional picks, a few small baubles, and a string of lights, but you can also add taller tapered candlesticks or tall ornaments like the gold tree above. Consider using it to add a little height to your scene. Height when using separate spray and pick. Of course, the whole thing is always nicely finished off with cute Christmas stockings. I’ve had these crushed velvet and sequined ones for years now and love how they add a little extra texture to a scene.
Surprising ways to use garland
Speaking of garlands, they don’t necessarily have to be used along a flat surface. I decided to hang this beautiful frosted rose swag garland from Very over a large fan above my sofa (originally by Oliver Bonas) with some discreet hooks. I love the effect it has on this space. I love the fact that this garland is already decorated so I don’t have to worry about buying anything to dress it up.
decorate the christmas tree
Of course, what everyone wants to see is the tree! Now, I have spent years collecting glass ornaments, mostly in shades of pink, white, and gold. And since my cat Meisha is now old enough to not mess with my tree at all (thankfully), I tend to use baubles from the same year after a year. I added some berry pink poinsettia clips for a little fun this year too. If you’re curious about what my method looks like, check out this post for tips on styling your Christmas tree. (Yes, I’m a bit like “Monica” in that I’m very particular about what and where I put it on my tree! lol) You’ll also see in this post that since I’ve been collecting cute ornaments for years (just adding a few special ones each year), they tend to be pretty similar each year. And I’m completely happy with that too. !
When it comes to decorating a tree, I always say you need more decorations than you think.Years ago, I kept my tree decorations pretty sparse, so the final result felt a little flat. (Well, I’ve never claimed to be a minimalist, and that’s okay). So when it comes to boring things, I always recommend that more is more. This is a 7.5 foot tall tree with probably around 150-200 baubles. Do you have another hint? I always start with my favorite, place it at eye level, and then fill in everything else around it.
Let’s think about the color scheme this Christmas.
Another decorative item we added this year is a beautiful ceramic “gingerbread” style house that sits in a vintage cupboard. This is something I’ve been eyeing for a few years now, and this year I decided to really give it a try. and buy it. i really love it. It blends perfectly with the colors of the room and combined with the soft nude colored Christmas tree that Wonderland chose, I decided to put it in place of a vase!
Speaking of color, remember that you don’t have to use traditional colors for your Christmas decorations. I usually try to match the color scheme of the room so that everything blends beautifully. One thing to keep in mind when it comes to decorating of any kind is that it’s your home, so you get to decide on your own theme. There are always a lot of suggestions for trending themes, but at the end of the day, it’s your home. So if you want to do a pink theme like I do, or a light blue and white theme, or even a pastel rainbow bonanza, there are really no rules. You can choose items in the palette to create a Christmassy look, get creative and have fun.
Add texture to your Christmas decorations
What about upholstery? Are they being ignored in your Christmas decorations? This year I dressed up both sofas with Christmas themed cushions. Of course, it’s winter and it’s a little chilly these days, so wrap it up with a cozy throw to add some extra texture while you watch all your favorite festive movies. You can’t afford to get too cozy during Christmas.
Dress up your coffee table for Christmas
Remember other surfaces as well. Your coffee table is the perfect place to create a little scene. This year, I used mirrored trays to enclose some of the ceramic houses I’ve owned over the years. (As I was writing this I realized there was definitely a bit of a “home” theme here) Along with some dried flowers and a cute trinket box.
Trays always do a great job of adding a little order to small pieces and decorations. At this time of year, be careful not to overcrowd your coffee table as you want to leave room for Christmas sweets and snacks. On my table is a plate of mince pies and gingerbread cookies, and an adorable Santa mug that has become my new favorite for hot chocolate.
illuminate other areas of the room
Of course, the tree doesn’t have to be the only thing lit up in the room. I love these simple LED faux fur trees and Very’s little wooden house scene that adds a little twinkle at night. All you need to give this vintage shelving unit a little Christmas flair is some extra Christmas decorations with little Santa gonks.
I also added a gorgeous little wooden LED Christmas scene from Very. A small train is moving around on a small track. It’s so adorable and I love the added little sparkle on this side of the room.
This is my Christmas living room this year. I hope my tips inspire you to get creative with your Christmas decorations this year. Did you go big this year or keep things simple? Let us know in the comments below.
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