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12 Cosy Christmas Ideas for Warm Living Rooms

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Megan Walden

Managing Director

The hearth and the surround of your fireplace can be used as an application for Christmas-themed decoration. A fireplace can be the focal point of your interior design or complementary to another centrepiece. You might want to welcome the Christmas spirit in a classy and elegant manner. That is why we’ve come up with 12 high-class ideas to bring the cosy Christmas spirit to your living room.

12 Cosy Christmas Tips

The holidays are for spending time with people you love and being cosy in front of the fireplace. But if your fireplace is in need of a makeover, don’t worry. With a little creativity, your fireplace can become the centrepiece of your living room and an expression of your style.

1.      Add candles

Candles are an excellent way to decorate your fireplace and create a warm, cosy atmosphere in your living room. There are many ways to incorporate candles into your decor.

Pillar candles or taper candles are great for a classic look. You can arrange the candles in groups of three or five for a more impactful display. Additionally, you can use different heights to add interest and dimension. Place the tallest candles in the middle and the shorter ones on either side. And if you want to get creative and modern, try using coloured candles or patterned holders.

2.      Consider a luxurious theme

If you’re looking for ways to make your fireplace feel cosier this Christmas, consider adding some luxury touches. From elegant mantels to sparkling fireplaces, there are plenty of ways to give your fireplace a lavish makeover.

One way to add a sense of luxury to a fireplace is by draping a beautiful piece of fabric over the mantel. This could be anything from a sheer scarf to a rich velvet cloth. You can also add some sparkle by hanging garlands or string lights around the mantel.

Pair that with lush red velvet curtains or gold decorations, and you’ll have a charming scene in your living during the holidays.

3.      Use paint as a starting point

If your fireplace looks uninspired, consider making it a makeover with fresh paint. This simple project can transform the look of your entire living room and make it feel more festive for the holidays.

To get started, choose a paint colour that complements your existing décor. Next, use tape to protect areas you don’t want to paint, such as the mantel or surrounding trim. Once everything is taped off, begin painting the firebox with long strokes. Be sure to use a high-quality paintbrush or roller for the best results. After the firebox is dry, move on to painting the surround. Alternatively, you can choose to paint the wall instead of using a contrasting colour for a bold look.

4.      Select minimalist decor

Consider using minimalist decor if your fireplace needs an upgrade for the holidays. This can be a great way to make a statement without going overboard. For a minimalist look, choose one or two colours and stick them throughout the room. This will help create a cohesive appearance.

Use simple shapes and patterns, as too much clutter, will take away from the overall effect. You can also focus on texture as well as colour. This can help add interest to the space without making it feel too busy. For instance, you can display pine cones with frosted edges and lush greenery for a simple winter mantel arrangement. The twinkle of lighted candles and a pre-lit branch can complete the look.

5.      Embrace metallics

One way to make a space look cosy and inviting is by embracing metallics. Whether it’s a gold candlestick holder or a silver vase, adding a few metallic accents can make a space feel festive. If you’re looking for ways to incorporate metallics into your fireplace décor, you can hang some metallic garland around the mantel, place some metallic candles in holders or add a few metallic ornaments. You can also wrap fireplace ornaments and other accents in a metallic ribbon.

6.      Mix black and gold

The trend won’t end anytime soon, either. If you have a black fireplace, why not match it with pops of gold for a luxurious look? The black and gold colour combination is not only elegant and sophisticated but also refreshingly different from the usual winter colours. Pair a moody and dark Christmas mantel with gold accents and a garland of evergreens. This display will look stunning against a bold black fireplace. Imagine how beautiful it would look at night when the candles are lit, and the tree lights are on.

7.      Include a Christmas village

You probably had a Christmas village on display in your house in your childhood. Keep the tradition alive by displaying your village on the mantel of your fireplace, adorned with red, white or golden accents.

A fireplace scene with a wooden house surrounded by bottlebrush trees will look delightful. To create texture and colour, you can hang garlands of different types featuring pine cones, nuts and berries.

8.      Go for a rustic theme

Is your fireplace rustic-style? Consider surrounding it with greenery and vintage stockings. You can also accentuate a simple mantel display by featuring rustic antlers in the centre. Above the mantel, you could display skis or snowshoes as special Christmas decorations.

9.      Opt for a coastal look

Do you have a coastal feel in your home? Set the scene for a coastal Christmas by placing a few shells on your mantelpiece. You can have a simple oyster shell mirror as a focal point, which would look great when paired with a seashell-adorned tree. You can display reindeer decor made from driftwood and a toy sailboat for a more nautical look.

10.  Choose eclectic pieces

Add unexpected touches to your fireplace to make your holiday decorating fun. Going for personalised stockings, antique finds, or other unique ornaments will make your display more distinctive. For an eclectic and elegant mantel, incorporate your favourite items.

11.  Pick a winter wonderland theme

Add a dazzling display of ornaments to your fireplace. When you combine a clear fishing line with silver, blue and white ornaments, you can instantly transform a drab fireplace into a winter wonderland. You can also hang mirrors above holiday mantels to reflect the whole room’s decor.

12.  Go for vintage

Add stunning antiques to your fireplace decoration for Christmas. For those who prefer vintage fireplace holiday decor, something eclectic might be more appealing. On the mantel, vintage figurines, antique candlesticks and terracotta pots with holiday plants make for a stunning display. Keep the colour palette neutral, and use worn items to achieve a vintage look. You can also use candle lanterns or tea lights to create a soft glow.

How a fireplace adds to your winter comfort

With creativity and imagination, you can transform your fireplace into a beautiful and unique focal point in your home. Remember that when it comes to fireplace ideas, the possibilities are endless. So don’t be afraid to experiment, and have fun.

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