Stick to pale shades in the living room to keep it looking light and bright on dark winter days. An all-white scheme can feel chilly, so go for warmer stone shades and add accents of deep berry red. Keep Christmas decorations simple with a few cutwork designs and plain red, white or silver baubles. For a fun festive touch, replace the pictures over your mantel with a framed festive message..
Welcoming country Christmas living room
Create and inviting sofa by piling sofas with plain and patterned red cushions, add a red runner to a footstool, then load the Christmas tree with red and white decorations. Finally, add displays of ecalyptus and hyacinths for natural style and fragrance.
Bright and bold Christmas living room
This contemporary scheme is ideal for a neutral living room. Have fun mixing simple decorations in acid-bright colours and dress a white tree in formal rows of an ultra-modern look. Line the mantel with foliage, dot with fresh gerberas and baubles, and put a wreath in the centre. A quirky neon-style wall light will up the fun factor.
Rich chocolate Christmas living room
Gold is a classic Christmas choice, but the addition of warm chocolate tones will give your scheme depth and sophistication. Mix baubles of different shapes - teardrops and conical styles for a layered look.
Winter wonderland living room
Subtle, twig-pattern wallpaper is a neutral backdrop in this Christmas scheme. After that, it's all about adding chunky-knitted cushions and throws - and accessories with a woodland-inspired or folksy theme, such as birdhouses, log candleholders and pine cone decorations.
Cosy Christmas living room
Give your living room a cosy feel and plan a practical but seasonal family space this Christmas. Use symmetry to create a dramatic effect, with a big candlestick at either end of the mantel and votives dotted all the way around. Faux greenery will look perky throughout the holiday season and can be brought out again next year. Just add sprigs of real foliage from the garden for a more natural look.
Zesty lime festive living room
Red always looks festive, but this year add a shot of vibrant lime to give it a fun, modern edge. When adding a colour to existing Christmas decorations, use a ratio of one third new to two thirds old colour.
Red and white festive living room
Create a cosy living room by making it warm and inviting with traditional red and white, plus candles and fairy lights for a magical Christmas feel. Use baubles all over; on the mantel, in laterns and hanging in garlands. Decorate a plain mirror with deep red poinsettias and add extra splashes of red by using tealight holders as vases for winter blooms.
Sparkling crystal living room
If your Christmas tree's normally decorated top-to-toe in icy whites, this year's crystal decorations will add a vintage-style twist. A tall vase of sliver-sprayed twigs trimmed with crystal drops will look good all Christmas long.
Tropical brights festive living room
Bring a neutral scheme alive with hits of eye-popping colour. Vibrant and glamorous, it packs enough punch to banish the cold, dark days of winter in an instant. If you love neutral walls and furniture, but feel your scheme is lacking personality, these Bollywood brights are the perfect solution. The house always looks a bit bare after the Christmas decorations have come down, but these electric colours can turn a bland scheme into something really special.