Five warming interior designs for your living room this Christmas

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One of the best things about Christmas is snuggling on a sofa with a cozy throw in front of a roaring fire in a beautifully decorated living room. Picture the scene: you’re resplendent in your favorite Christmas outfit, glass of mulled wine in one hand, mince pie in the other while the snow falls steadily outside . . . Okay, we can’t guarantee a White Christmas by any means, we can help you to transform your living room into a sanctuary of warmth, coziness and festive cheer.

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A comfortable sofa is a prerequisite in any living room – you’re never going to be able to relax on a wooden bench or an alleged ‘design-classic’ chair, so you may as well go all out and choose a plush sofa you can really sink into and lose yourself. Consider getting two for the price of one and opting for a stylish sofa bed – that way, you can flake out if you’ve tucked into too much turkey or if you fancy a festive film. Don’t forget to strew your sofa liberally with copious cushions for additional comfort and joy.

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A cozy throw draped over your sofa adds a tasteful and toasty touch to a living room (and can hide a multitude of sins). Snuggle down and relax on your sofa under a cozy knitted throw that is both snug and sophisticated. If you want to get more festive, try a throw that has a festive red-and-white color scheme, adding instant seasonal feel to your room.

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Adorn your carpets or un-cozy wooden floors with an expansive rug or two – they’re perfect for padding around on in your socks and will add extra warmth to your living room. Choose a long, slender runner if you have a corridor with naked floorboards and consider investing in a large, soft pile rug for the space in front of the fireplace.

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If you’re looking for soft and ambient lighting, fluorescent strip lights are never going to be quite the job. Always opt for soft lighting in your living room – table or floor lamps emanate a warm glow which is lustrous but never overpowering. String up a few rows of twinkling festive fairy lights around the room and you will be filled with immediate festive cheer.

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You might be surprised at how a few small touches around your living room can create a big impact. Candles at Christmas symbolize good cheer and celebration and are a great way of instantly creating mood lighting. You could create a candle display around your fireplace or on the mantelpiece, accompanying it with holly and berries, pine cones and ribbons. A cinnamon-and-nutmeg-scented candle will make you want to positively devour your living room with its evocative Christmas scent. If you’re nervous about fire hazards, LED pillar candles are a good alternative – they run on batteries and look surprisingly like the real thing with their soft, flickering ‘flames’. Finally, festoon the place with festive flora – in addition to a Christmas tree you could include a few poinsettia or amaryllis plants to complete the splashes of color and warmth in the room.

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Follow some of these simple, affordable tips and you’ll have a home that’s the very definition of Christmas cheer in no time!

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Photo Sources: 1. Yvonne McFadden LLC, 2. Zuniga Interiors, 3. BHG, 4. The White Company, 5. AMR Design, 6. – 7. Ikea, 8. BHG, 9. Design Associates, 10. Courtney Bishop Design