Natural Christmas Decoration Ideas For The Living Room

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There's no need to abandon a love of nature when it comes time to decorate your living room for the Christmas holiday season. Combine the best loved elements of winter with rich jewel tones to create the perfect natural Christmas display. With a combination of pine, burlap, ribbon and glass you can transform your family's favorite area of the house into a beautifully decorated room celebrating the season.

Colors

When you are creating your natural Christmas decoration color scheme, it is important to avoid bright and unnatural looking colors. Though some traditional Christmas décor includes purple, yellow and other vibrant shades, stick to the basics for the design scheme.

  • Red: Small pops of red from cranberries and ornament provide color around the room.
  • Green: This will often be the most prominent color in a natural Christmas display.
  • Brown: Use the natural hue of pine bark to create a neutral backdrop for red and green décor.
  • Blue: While blue is not always used in a natural Christmas display, incorporated in small doses, it can provide a beautiful addition. If you live near the ocean and are created a sea-inspired natural Christmas design, blue can be used more frequently, and can even replace red.

Fabrics

Again, the key is to use materials found in nature. When selecting fabrics for your natural Christmas display, use burlap, wool, cotton and other natural materials. These will often have an organic look and feel, and should be in one of the four colors suggested above. Keep any pillows, blankets, rugs or other fabric accessories to these materials.

Candles

Candles are a beautiful way to add natural light to your living room, and are easily created to reflect the natural Christmas theme. Try some of these simple and often inexpensive ideas:

  • Fill the bottom of a hurricane candleholder with pine needles, pinecones and cranberries. Place a pillar candle on top, and place as the centerpiece to a coffee table or side table.
  • Wrap small pieces of burlap around the outside of a candleholder and tie with a red or green ribbon.
  • If you have lanterns in your living room, fill the base of the lantern with pinecones, pine branches or cranberries.
  • Glue twigs or cinnamon sticks vertically to the outside of a clear candleholder, until it is completely encircled.
  • Fill a glass bowl with water and cranberries, then place floating candles on top. Pine needles can also be placed beneath the cranberries (since they will float).
  • Check craft and home décor stores for candles made to resemble tree branches.

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Decorations

Using specific colors, materials and styles in your living room décor will complete the final step in creating your natural Christmas design.

  • String a plain pine garland over windows and doorways. If you would like some color, add small red or blue ornaments sparingly. Cranberries can also be tucked into the garland for a natural alternative.
  • Fill a large vase with branches, and decorate with cranberries, red or green ribbons and ornaments.
  • Place a pine bough, pinecone and cranberries at the top of mirrors and large frames around your living room.
  • Store extra blankets and pillows in wooden baskets around the room. Tie a large red or green ribbon around the basket.
  • Fill vases or large mason jars with pinecones, then sprinkle with fake snow or white glitter from a craft store to mimic the look of snow.
  • If you do not use your fireplace, fill it with pillar candles in varying heights. Surround the candles with pine boughs, pine cones, large branches and other natural décor.

Finished Product

  • If you would like to use string lights in your living room, wrap a string of white lights on a green wire around pine garlands so the string is completely hidden in the branches. Also, check craft and home décor stores for LED branches. These are designed to look like natural branches, with small, softly glowing LED tips. Place in a large vase near the fireplace for a beautiful, natural looking light fixture.
  • Fill a small pot or vase with pine needles. Place a pinecone on top to resemble a small tree.
  • If you are creating an ocean themed natural Christmas design, large boat ropes can also be used in place of or in combination with pine garlands.
  • Plant very small pine trees in old tin cans or mason jars, and place around your living room for truly natural décor.
  • If you have a Christmas tree with presents beneath it in your living room, you can even incorporate the presents' wrapping into the natural theme. Wrap with plain brown wrapping paper often used for shipping. Wrap with twine and/or red or green ribbon, and glue on a pine cone with a small pine bough in place of a traditional bow.
Last Updated: December 12, 2012
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About Alexandra Kerr Through Ideal Home Garden, Alexandra covers topics ranging from interior design to home improvement, gardening and cuisine. Having a passion for cooking and entertaining in her own life, she hopes to communicate her love of home design and decorating with her readers. 

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