When the living room, dining room and kitchen are part of one big space, pick a spot to be the center of holiday decorating interest—it helps the eye know where to go first. In this contemporary lodge-style home, the tall stone fireplace in the living room is a natural focal point, so it’s decked with Christmas decor from top to bottom.
Make the Most of the Mantel
In an open-plan home, it’s tricky to get the holiday decorating scale right. When the fireplace is tall and super-visible, it’s easy for the decor on the mantel and hearth to look underwhelming. So don’t be afraid to go big. Anchor your holiday fireplace decor with a large element, like a pair of crossed skis supporting a nest of greenery and framing a bold Christmas greeting. Hang large stockings from the mantel shelf, and deck the hearth with a good-sized piece, like a lighted deer figure usually found in outdoor decor.
Scale the Christmas Tree to the Space
In an open-plan living space with high ceilings and long walls, it’s easy for the Christmas tree to look undersized. Whether you prefer a fresh-cut tree or an artificial version, buy the tallest and fullest tree that will fit comfortably in the spot you choose, such as a corner by the fireplace.
Upsize Christmas Tree Decorations
Having an open floor plan likely means that your big Christmas tree is visible from just about anywhere—living room, dining room and kitchen. So make sure the tree includes some large-scale decorations that will make an impact when seen from a distance.
Add Table Decorations with Christmas Charm
To make an open-plan living space feel warm and inviting, create charming little scenes within spacious rooms. A tabletop is a great place to do that. This everyday coffee table takes on rustic Christmas spirit with the addition of a lighted red Christmas lantern in a galvanized pail and a tabletop tree placed in the bed of a toy truck.
Raise the Level of Dining Table Decor
Thinking vertically is a smart approach when decorating an open-plan living space for the holidays. Long, open rooms have a natural horizontal orientation, so adding height to any display of Christmas decor will help it stand out. That goes for the dining table, where a built-up centerpiece makes holiday meals even more memorable. This striking version features LED candles and copper mini succulent planters set atop cut logs of varying heights.
Break Up a Long Wall Beautifully
Because open-plan homes have few walls, those walls tend to be long. You can break up a long wall visually or make a transition between rooms with a festive display of holiday decor. For example, hang an old sled by its runners above a hutch or table and dangle Christmas tree ornaments from the sled. As an added touch, place a boxed bed of greenery on the tabletop.
Bring Christmas to the Kitchen
When your kitchen is open to the living and dining areas, you can extend Christmas decor into the kitchen to create a unified look—without hampering meal prep. Hang wreaths in windows, wrap a garland of greenery around a stairwell railing, place a few ornaments on open shelves and add modest-size decorations to the corner of an island or the end of a countertop.
Hang Strings of Christmas Lights in the Kitchen
Christmas string lights are a great holiday decorating choice for the kitchen because you can hang them high on a wall or ceiling—or between a pair of posts—where they won’t interfere with traffic flow. In an open-plan space, choose strings with large bulbs that can be easily seen from adjoining rooms. For a more natural look, add a sprig of greenery between each pair of bulbs.
Corral an Extra-Long Light String
If a hanging light string is a little too long, keep the excess from dragging on the floor where bulbs could get stepped on—and make a neat lantern in the process. Just put the end of the light string into a large glass container. The glowing lantern can help mark a boundary or transition between spaces in an open floor plan.
Include Inviting Island Decor
The kitchen island is typically a magnet for family members and guests, but you can make it even more inviting by reserving one corner for a festive touch of holiday decor. For example, this tiered array mimics the shape and spirit of a tabletop Christmas tree, including greenery and a mix of ornaments.
Add Ornaments to Kitchen Shelves
If you already have open shelves in your kitchen where you display special dishware and collectibles, transform this high-profile spot for the holiday season—and beyond. Swap out a few everyday items for decor such as mini trees, lighted red lanterns and lighted snowflake ornaments. In an open-plan space, the kitchen shelf decor will relate to the adjoining rooms.
Make sure your Christmas tree is not only big enough for your open-plan living space, but also bright enough—don’t skimp on lights! A brightly lit tree really dazzles at night.
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