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 home, the 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 to look underwhelming. So don’t be afraid to go big. Anchor your holiday fireplace decor with a large element, like a snow-flocked wreath. Decorate the mantel shelf with Christmas cards, deer figurines and berry trees. Cover garland with poinsettias and hang large stockings from it.
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.
Dress the Tree in an Embroidered Skirt
Get into the holiday spirit with an embroidered tree skirt decked in holly berries and leaves.
Add Shelf Decorations with Christmas Charm
To make an open-plan living space feel warm and inviting, create charming little scenes within spacious rooms. A built-in wall shelf is a great place to do that. Accent everyday items with the addition of Santa and deer figurines, white trees with berries, ornaments, wrapped gift boxes and Santa's mailbox.
Decorate 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. A red light up church and pre-lit snowy trees are a great way to decorate a side table on a long wall.
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 on a stand to add height, while ornaments, live greens, pinecones, a ceramic deer and poinsettias complete the look.
Include Inviting Decor
The couch 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, like these seasonal accent pillows.
Put Ornaments on Display
Transform your two-tiered coffee table with these simple ideas for the holiday season. Swap out an everyday centerpiece for a wreath, add ornaments and an LED candle in the center. For the lower tier of the table, fill a wooden crate with shiny and matte ornaments of the same color.
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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