13 cozy Christmas living room decor ideas to add warmth and comfort while helping your home stretch seamlessly into winter.
This morning, I totally broke down and cried. And bless Robert’s heart, he sat there patiently and listened as I poured out all of my stress from the past week.
“December is so exhausting… I love Christmas but all of the work involved makes me resent it… I feel like we are always running from place to place… No matter how much I do, I feel an immense guilt and question if I’m a good mom.”
And that’s when I realized, I have spread myself way too thin this year packing out our schedule with travel, special plans, tasks, and pressures no one else is putting on me except myself.
So I said a little prayer and resolved right then and there that whatever gift shopping, event planning, meal prepping I had done to this point was enough. Mom is done. That’s it. No more. I’d lost sight of what Christmas is really about.
Moms deserve to enjoy this season, even if that means with less “stuff” and fewer parties.
I plopped myself on the couch and “called in sick” for a mental health day. Maybe sometimes we get so caught up in creating “the magic” that we forget its not worth sacrificing our mental and emotional well-being.
Whatever your December looks like right now, please know you are enough. You are doing the best you can. And you deserve some peace in this season.
While I was plopped on our couch soaking up a rare moment of quiet, I felt so grateful for our living room that we decorated for Christmas last week. There’s just something healing about home.
And despite all of the work it’s taken to get this living room to this point over the years, I felt that reward right when I needed it.
You absolutely do not need to strive for the perfectly decorated living room (our chairs frequently have laundry from the dryer piled on them and toys scattered around the floor).
But if you want some ideas to spruce yours into a cozy, restful retreat away from the stress of the world, here are a few with tips to stretch your Christmas decor all the way through winter.
Cozy Christmas Living Room Decor Ideas
1. Bust out the thick blankets
When it comes to styling cozy Christmas living room decor, I always lean into warm, winter vibes as much as possible rather than decor that is Christmas-specific.
A few thick, neutral faux fur or sweater knit throw blanket always do the trick. If colors like red or green work in a room year-round, I’ll throw in a blanket of that color. Otherwise, for colors that only make sense at Christmas, I steer clear of them.
2. Use pillows that work for winter not just Christmas
Same with throw pillows as blankets, I use neutral pillows or pillows that work with the room itself, not just our Christmas decor. A neutral color palette will stretch your dollar and your time all the way through winter after the tree is gone.
Using pillow covers instead of entire pillows is much more cost-effective, plus I can more easily wash them in cold/flu season. I love using pillows with warm textiles and textures like tweed, wool, thick cable knit, faux fur, etc.
Tip: See how to mix and match throw pillows here.
3. Every coffee table deserves a candle
We don’t burn very many candles in our house since I’m cautious about fire hazards (flameless candles for life here), but the one place I love having a real one in our living room is the coffee table where I can light it and enjoy it after the kids go to bed.
4. Fill vases with winter greenery rather than red berries or flowers
The perk about adding pine, juniper, cypress, or cedar branches to a vase in the living room is it can stay right on our coffee table through the winter after the Christmas tree comes down. So I leave out any holly branches, poinsettias, or red amaryllis flowers.
If it can reduce storage and time, why not? If you do love flowers, try white roses mixed in instead like I did for our dining room table Christmas centerpiece.
5. Mismatch the stockings
If you can’t find an entire set of matching stockings on clearance, get different style stockings in similar colors instead.
I love how it looks a little vintage and eclectic style that way. Plus, if you ever have an addition to the family, it’ll be easier to add to your existing set rather than trying to hunt for ones in stores that match.
6. Double up garland on the mantel
For super full, fluffy mantel garland, layer two garlands to make it look like one as a focal point on the fireplace in the room. I just use heavy Command hooks, but make sure you let the hook adhesive set for an hour before hanging the garland to prevent it from falling.
I use floral wire to attach juniper picks, ribbon, or orange garland. To add lights, I weave in battery operated lights I can set on a timer.
7. Hang wreaths on windows
For years, we’ve hung wreaths on our windows using some Command hooks and ribbon to add a little extra holiday charm. IKEA usually has ones the perfect size for windows at around $10 each.
TIP: See how to hang wreaths on windows here.
8. You can use bells basically anywhere
We keep a set of 8 bells in our holiday decoration stash, and every year they end up somewhere different in our house because they work basically anywhere.
Use antique style bells as decorative objects on end tables, coffee tables, nightstands, or buffet tables. Hang them from ribbon on garland or on a wreath. Tie them to Christmas presents for a little vintage character. Or hang them as ornaments on the tree.
After Christmas I just remove the bells around the house and keep some of the greenery in the vases.
9. Turn the tree collar upside-down
I just discovered this year that turning our Christmas tree collar upside-down makes it look like a real basket! Have we been doing tree collars wrong all this time?
Our tree stand is slightly too wide to do it this way, so we just have the back of the collar slightly open to make it fit.
10. Incorporate homemade ornaments
Hang dried orange slices (bonus points that they’re biodegradable) or do a DIY ornament craft with the kids.
If you have lots of family ornaments made over the years at school or picked up as souvenirs on vacations, just mix in a coordinating set of colored ornament balls with some tree ribbon, and the tree looks instantly polished.
11. Add tinsel to the tree if you don’t have many ornaments
I love the look of a plain tree with just a $10 pack of tinsel on it. (We used a mix of gold and silver on ours.) It’s so simple but absolutely twinkles.
If you don’t have a big collection of ornaments, the tinsel can handle the job all on its own as tree filler.
12. Let ribbon and gift wrap set a color scheme
If you have to buy wrapping paper anyway, you might as well buy paper that matches and works with the rest of your decor, right?
I usually dig through my scrap ribbon or take leftovers from our Christmas tree ribbon to use on gift boxes.
13. Display some Christmas art
I love displaying a $3 art image on our Samsung Frame TV. But even if you don’t have a Frame TV, you can search “TV Christmas Art” on YouTube as a display on your TV during gatherings or on Christmas morning while you’re opening presents.
Check out this trick to display art on a regular Smart TV too.
Living Room Sources
- Wall color: Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee
- Trim color: Benjamin Moore Simply White
- Rug (similar)
- Coffee table (Facebook Marketplace find but you can find similar linked)
- Christmas tree
- Pine garland (ours is sold out but you can find similar linked)
- Orange garland
- Juniper stem
- Pine stem
- Gold bead garland
- Star tree topper
- Gold velvet ornaments
- Cream velvet ornaments
- Metal ornaments
- Tree collar
- Stocking 1
- Stocking 2
- Stocking 3
- Stocking 4
- Stocking 5
- TV art
- Cable knit pillow
- Textured stripe pillow
- Sweater knit blanket
- Faux fur blanket
- Blue ribbon
- Blue wrapping paper
- Flameless twisted wax candles
- Fireplace screen (similar)
- Weathered blue vases (similar)
- Large brass bowl (similar)
- Basket (similar)
- Pinkie and Blue Boy Art (Antique shop find but you can find similar here)
- Fireplace limewash (DIY tutorial)
Got any other cozy Christmas living room decorating ideas you’d add to the list for this holiday season? There are plenty more, but those are definitely the top go-tos in my book.
So now the Christmas gift shopping is done, the house is decorated, and a packed full calendar stretches before us for the next two weeks.
Bring it on! …after a couch nap though because I think we all need it at this point in the Christmas season, right?
More Christmas Decorating Ideas
- How to Hang Wreaths on Windows for Christmas
- How to Hang Garland on Stairs + Entryway Christmas Decor
- 18 Christmas Wall Decor Ideas and Holiday Art Printables