THESE SIMPLE IDEAS TO HELP YOU DECORATE YOUR FAMILY ROOM OR LIVING ROOM FOR CHRISTMAS WON’T BREAK THE BANK. FEATURING BOXWOOD GARLAND AND CLASSIC CHRISTMAS COLORS.

view of a family room or living room decorated for Christmas

Welcome! I’m excited to give you a tour of my family room, all decked out for Christmas. I hope you’ll like these simple Christmas family room decor ideas as much as I do!

Our Homes at Christmas: 2018

My home has a semi-open floor plan with the kitchen and family room open to each other. Because the rooms are visible to each other, I like to keep a similar feel with my decor. 

The Christmas Tree is the Focal Point

Christmas tree covered with ornaments collected over the years

I’m allergic to pine trees, and so is my son, so we switched to a faux tree about 14 years ago. Sometimes I miss the tradition of going out and picking out a tree. But I don’t miss spending that money each year! And I really don’t miss having an itchy, runny nose throughout the holidays.

I LOVE that the lights are already perfectly spaced. And it’s nice to not have any worries about the tree drying out. Thanks to candles and plugins, my home still has a Christmas tree smell. Sort of. And I can always pop over to AnnMarie’s house to enjoy a fresh tree (if I take my allergy pills first!).

Our tree is filled with sentimental ornaments. Decorating the tree is always a trip down memory lane! We buy a new ornament each year to symbolize something special about that year. We also buy an ornament on vacations. And each child gets an ornament from grandparents each year… That tree is FULL!

The Fireplace Mantel

view of mantel decorated for Christmas with boxwood greenery, wicker reindeer, candles, and vintage style mantle clock

My family doesn’t hang stockings on our mantel until Christmas Eve. I’ve placed them in a copper bucket beside the fireplace. Don’t you love hearing how other families do things during the holidays? This is how we did it when I was growing up. What about you? When do you hang stockings?

I hung a red berry wreath like the ones in my kitchen on top of the mirror. I like the way it helps tie the two rooms together. This year I lined the mantel with a boxwood garland.

mantel decorated for Christmas with boxwood greenery, wicker reindeer, candles, and vintage style mantle clock

I really like the simplicity of the boxwood, plus it’s WAY cheaper than Christmas garland! I added some of the plaid ribbon that I used to hang the berry wreaths in the kitchen for a little bit of color. Some jute-wrapped stars from Hobby Lobby complete the rustic look.

My mom gave me that cute grapevine reindeer and copper angel one of our first Christmases after we were married. It’s another decoration I enjoy using each year because it reminds me of her and how much she loves decorating for Christmas.

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boxwood topiary on a mantel with carved wood candlesticks and pillar candles, boxwood garland and plaid ribbon

Simple Christmas Family Room Decor

I like to sprinkle little bits of Christmas decor throughout the family room. Here’s a pullback from a different angle. You can see how the room is connected to the kitchen.

view of a family room or living room decorated for Christmas
poinsettia in a silver metal bucket with metal Z and small lantern with a votive candle

On top of the bookcase in the corner, I added a silk poinsettia bush. I’ve got a legendary black thumb, so silk plants are my friend… 

rustic red and green pillar candlesticks with pillar candles, photo cube, and boxwood kissing ball in a pewter bowl

Next to the bookcase is a set of nesting tables my father-in-law made for us. On top is an antique pewter bowl from my mom with a kissing ball inside (see the mistletoe on top!).

The Coffee Table and Couches

wood dough bowl filled with pomander balls, and rustic wood orbs

Sitting on the coffee table (another heirloom made for us by my husband’s dad) is an antique dough bowl (from my mom!). Some rustic orbs, a little greenery, and a few pomander balls that I made a few years ago help to make it look festive.

The Merry Merry pillow on the chair in the background was from Dirty Santa a few years ago at AnnMarie’s Christmas party.

leather sofa with Christmas pillows, staircase decorated with boxwood garland and plaid ribbon bows, gallery wall on staircase

I added a few new Christmas-y pillows to our couch and a red crocheted throw blanket. I love adding those little pops of red during the holidays! You’re also getting a peek into our foyer. 

Adding Christmas Decor to Book Shelves

view of a family room or living room decorated for Christmas

I added a little more Christmas decor to our family room on the shelves that stand on either side of our TV.

nativity scene in front of a faux plant in carved concrete container

This little nativity set was one of the first Christmas decorations we bought after getting married. We got it before my husband’s mom gave us his set that I have in the kitchen.

miniature christmas tree with burlap wrapped around base with metal Z

I popped a little burlap-wrapped tree on top of one of the bookcases. There’s another one of my Zs! I collect them and they are everywhere in our home.

German pyramid with nativity scene

The other bookcase has a Christmas pyramid from when I was growing up. My parents bought a new one for their anniversary a few years ago and gave me this one. 

Just like my kitchen, my family room is a mix of older Christmas decorations with a few new pieces thrown in. I hope I’ve given you some inspiration for your Christmas family room decor! 

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2 Comments on Christmas Family Room Decor Ideas | Anne’s Home

  1. Love your Christmas Home Tour, Anne, and especially the references you made to items you were given by me & those that have become personal & family traditions! You were brought up to value traditions & family, & are teaching this to our grands! I’d say your decor style is Traditional-Comfort!❤️

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