How to Create Beautiful, Cozy, Neutral Christmas Decor
For Part 2 of my Christmas Home Tour, let’s chat about how to make neutral Christmas decor cozy and inviting in the living room! Come on in!
I love Christmas decorating and part of the fun is sharing it with friends and family too! If you missed my Christmas Home Tour Part 1, you can find it HERE.
I shared our entryway, music room, and family room and today, we are going to head into our living room, which is really part of a huge sunroom that we’ve divided up to make an extra living and dining space!
You all know I love my neutral colors, wood tones, and chippy white patinas. One of the places where you can find that old patina is in my back living room. Over time, we have carefully curated pieces for this space that serve great function for us but also have loads of character.
Neutral Christmas decor doesn’t have to be boring or blah. In fact, carefully curated neutrals can make a very peaceful, calm, and inviting space for you and your family!
Let’s head to the back living room, since that is where our little family gathers each morning in December for our Advent reading and gift boxes!
Neutral Christmas Decor for the Living Room
Texture, layers, and lots of character make this a favorite spot!
Our house is really all kind of mixed up, to be honest! What should be the formal living room is now our music room and what would be the extra living room is our family room, since that is where the TV is located.
Our actual “living room” is located at the back of our house and I love it here! We have a 48′ by 12′ room that runs along the back of our house. When we were renovating, we tried to carefully think about how we could best use the square footage.
It is solid windows and sliders around two sides and I love all the natural light. We decided to make this our living room, intentionally free of a TV, and the other end, an extra dining space. We love to eat there with all the sunlight coming through.
The living room side has become our favorite spot for games, puzzles, reading, and hanging out. Each morning in December, we gather in this room for our Advent reading and to open the little gift boxes.
Our family Christmas tree is between this living and dining space, and is where we will spend our Christmas morning, sharing gifts.
All of that to say, this back living room is one of my favorite spaces because it is a space where we intentionally create a lot of memories. It’s also a favorite because even on a rainy day, it’s full of light. I love all the light in this room.
To make this space feel really cozy and inviting, I use a lot of layers and textures with my neutral Christmas decor. I also love how the mix of furniture pieces in this space function so well for us but also add a lot of character.
Tip: When decorating with neutrals, find ways to add character through interesting pieces and finishes!
Let’s work our way through the room!
Instead of a console table, we use this large, chippy cabinet. I love that it holds a lot of extra home decor, while keeping it convenient. It also creates a natural break in the room, helping to define the spaces.
Since the decor here needs to look pretty from both sides, I like to find large pieces that have a lot of interest. This vintage sled is one of my favorite Christmas decor pieces! I found it at a local shop and I love that it looks pretty from either direction.
Keeping with my neutral Christmas decor and theme of “Good Tidings”, I wanted the decor here to have a warm vintage look but also some sparkle.
I added lit tabletop trees (love that they are on a timer!), faux winter greenery (you can find similar greenery here), a wooden nutcracker, and a vintage-inspired white nutcracker, and an extra tall nutcracker that I found at Rehab Vintage Market. The height of the nutcracker balances out the sled.
Since the two smaller nutcrackers are about the same height, I used vintage books from my friend Jamie over at Books by Jay’s World to give some variety. The books also add a different texture while blending with the neutral Christmas decor.
To finish off this space and add some sparkle, I used a garland made of vintage-inspired ribbon and mercury glass ornaments. The mercury glass reflects the lights in such a pretty way and is really the icing on the cake for this cabinet styling!
I love our white slipcovered furniture and we use it all throughout our home. To make it feel cozy and inviting, I like to add a mix of pillows with varying shades of cream and white. Adding some pillows made from vintage fabric really adds a lot of texture, as does a cozy throw blanket and floor cushions.
We use a 6′ antique library table as our coffee table in this space. We cut the legs down to make it a coffee table height and the extra size makes it perfect for family games and puzzles.
Tip: Don’t be afraid to use large pieces in small spaces. They can sometimes have better function for you and fill the space nicely, making it feel larger than it is!
I always leave most of the table clear of decor and just style up one end. For my neutral Christmas decor, I started with a vintage bread board as my base.
I then added an architectural salvage piece, small tabletop tree (after Christmas clearance a few years ago!), vintage books, and two wooden nutcrackers. The books and nutcrackers help tie the coffee table decor together with the cabinet decor, even though they are styled a little differently.
Tip: use repetition of style, color, pattern, or texture to help a room feel cohesive.
The focal point of our back living room is really this vintage postal sorter. I love this piece from Dreamy White Lifestyles. Maria brings over the most amazing pieces from France and I love that this unique piece made its way into our home.
During the Christmas season, we use this postal sorter as our Advent calendar. You can read more about how we celebrate Advent, along with some simple suggestions over on this Advent post.
Since the postal sorter is white, it works perfectly with the rest of our furniture. I love that it has just the right amount of rusty, worn patina to give all the great vintage vibes to this space. When it is not the Christmas season, I like to put vintage books, old bottles, or seasonal elements into the cubbies.
Tip: When styling cubbies, you don’t have to fill every space! When it’s not being used for our Advent calendar, about half of the cubbies are left empty! It leaves some places for the eye to rest and doesn’t over-clutter the decor.
I love all the furniture pieces throughout this space, but for me, the smaller accessory pieces really pull it all together. For Christmas, I added this 6 1/2 foot tree in a vintage crate. I love to use unique vessels to hold my trees, whether it’s small crocks or ironstone for tabletop trees or large baskets and crates for large trees. I think it adds a lot of character!
I found this vintage French basket online and fell in love! It would be perfect to hold a tree and then be a small side table or coffee table for the rest of the year!
Instead of a traditional side table, I use a similar vintage wicker trunk on the other end of the sofa. I love that it just adds more texture and interest to the room. It also adds a touch of the wood tones, but in a light and soft way.
Tip: Make neutral decor cozy by adding a variety of textures. Since they are all neutral, the colors will work together and create layers of goodness!
With all the details put together, this room is one of the coziest spaces in our home. I think the one thing that makes it the most cozy is that it’s a space we all enjoy together.
My number one tip for Christmas decor is to keep it livable and functional for everyone in your family. All the gorgeous decor is nothing if it keeps my family from enjoying our home!
I hope this gives you some inspiration for making your spaces cozy and giving some life and interest to those neutral Christmas decor themes!