Looking for easy Christmas decorating ideas? Tour a simple red and green Christmas living room and gather holiday decorating inspiration!
I have found myself this year talking about “how busy I am” way more than I would like. Life’s not all easy, but it’s filled with so many good things… so I’m working to adjust my mindset and vocabulary to focus on gratitude. And, practically speaking, I’m working to keep things a little bit simpler. Hence this year’s super simple red and green Christmas living room.
Simple, Classic Christmas Decorating
As you can see, I didn’t even decorate the tree! A naked tree just felt right this year. Will we put the 10′ tree in the stairwell again later? We might. My kids love to set up and decorate that tree.
For now, though, we just hung a little frosted garland with small red berries on the banister.
And if we do put up the big holiday tree, we might just save that one for us. Not for the blog. Not to be photographed. Not to add to the to-do list. Simply to entertain my family on a cool winter day.
Not that there’s anything wrong with decorating your space to the nines! I obviously have enjoyed my fair share of more elaborate Christmas decor – like the blush winter wonderland (oh, and that one at night was simply magical!!). But this year was calling for simplicity.
From a single wreath over the mantel, to red accents, to solid green velvet throw pillows, this is the ultimate simple classic Christmas living room.
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RED BUFFALO CHECK
It all started when I found red buffalo check ribbon for this gift basket project. Since I had just redecorated the living room for a more neutral color palette and sophisticated look, it was easy to bring in a pop of bold red.
It’s easy to get this look with wired ribbon. I just cut one long strip and one short one, then wrapped the short one around the long one and this DIY wreath, twisting to secure the ribbon in the back. A little shapping and fluffing in the front, and it was all done.
And the wrapping paper to go along with it was too cute to pass up (for my lazy girl’s guide to gift wrap, check out this post).
Plaid Christmas Decorating
The plaid wrapping paper got me started. I love mixing coordinating papers that have different patterns. Red and black plaid, black and white plaid, a graphic paper with red and green trucks and trees, and some simple brown kraft paper merge and coordinate so beautifully!
And I added a few plaid throw blankets I had to finish off the plaid Christmas look. Adding throw blankets is such an easy way to finish off a space and make it cozier, too.
Decorating with Fresh Greenery
I also added a little extra greenery (some cedar clippings from the yard and an airplant) to a little greenhouse atop some of our vintage children’s books. But my boys promptly stole the books to read (we love this old series that was my grandmothers!)…
And I moved the greenhouse out of the toddler’s reach. So the bowl of little ornaments is actually alone now. Ha! But a clipping of cedar under mini ornaments in a bowl makes a great centerpiece even on its own.
Naked Christmas Tree
As you can see, I opted to use only twinkle lights on this tree. It’s a beautiful tree, and I’ve found myself leaving it naked for the past couple of years. Sometimes white lights on a tree are all you need.
If I’m really being honest, though, decorating for Christmas in a home with kids means that things don’t always stay put. My kids have added most of the ornaments from the bowl on the coffee table to the tree since I photographed this.
And that’s ok by me. It’s the magic for them that makes me happiest. Plus, I didn’t have to do it. 😉
But I digress. My main point today is that Christmas decorating doesn’t have to be extremely complicated. If you’re feeling like me this year and could use a little more margin in your life, be encouraged. There’s beauty in simplicity.
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More holiday living room and Christmas tree decorating ideas
I hope you enjoyed today’s little tour! Please be sure to pin it for later and to visit all the other bloggers sharing their holiday living rooms and Christmas trees today. A special thanks to sweet Kristen of Ella Claire & Co. for organizing this as part of the Seasons of Home series!Ella Claire & Co. | Rooms for Rent | Handmade Farmhouse | Zevy Joy Kindred Vintage | Home Stories A to Z | French Country Cottage | The Lilypad Cottage Inspired by Charm | Dear Lillie | Maison de Pax | Nina Hendrick Design Co. Boxwood Avenue | Craftberry Bush | Jennifer Rizzo | My Sweet Savannah
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