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Christmas Tree Layouts: 6 Places to Put Your Tree

Holiday season is here! For many people, things will be a little different this year with holiday celebrations during COVID. But whether you’re spending the holidays in a different location or having a small gathering at home, more than ever this is the year to go big on decorations and close out 2020 on a festive note.

If you celebrate Christmas, it means you’ll probably have a tree. But before you get to trimming yours, deciding where to put a Christmas tree is key. You want your tree to shine and be seen, but you also don’t want it to get in the way of the flow in your space.

For inspiration, here are some of our best Christmas tree layout ideas to help you find the perfect spot for yours this holiday season. Read on for the best spots and get our Christmas tree ideas along the way!

You’ll also want to check out our holiday decor lookbook for tons of bright and happy ideas!

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The Tried-And-True

Setting up your Christmas tree next to your fireplace gives your space a nostalgic holiday look. It also adds a cozy ambiance to the room when there’s a fire crackling and the tree is lit up with Christmas lights. Make sure to leave enough room all around the tree for presents underneath!

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Fireplace Christmas Tree Ideas:

One of our favorite Christmas tree decorating ideas is to tie in our holiday mantel decor with our tree ornaments so you get a big cohesive moment at the front of the living room. Try hanging matching garlands, spreading out ornaments, and stringing lights across your tree and mantel.

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The Stylish Surprise

Putting a Christmas tree in your dining space is an unexpected yet stylish move. It adds cheer and sparkle and turns the gathering space into a spirited setting that’s perfect for small get-togethers. This is best for larger dining rooms or open living-and-dining spaces where a tree can fill out an entire empty corner near or in front of large windows.

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Dining Room Christmas Tree Ideas:

If over-the-top Christmas tree decorating ideas are your style, use your dining space for a second tree in addition to your main one. Because, why stop at one? Have one tree for gifts and decorations and the second one in your dining room for just lights to add more holiday sparkle.

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The Bright Welcome

For a big holiday statement, you can’t beat a decked-out tree in the entryway. One that’s dripping with Christmas tree decorations is a great way to show off the holiday spirit as soon as you enter the home. This is perfect for foyers with high ceilings or if you have an amazing staircase; it’s sure to be a dramatic showstopper.

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Entryway Christmas Tree Ideas: 

As far as 2020 Christmas tree trends go, two trees are always better than one. Just as you would put a tree in your dining room, think of your entryway Christmas tree as the main event. It’s where you’ll go big on ornaments and load up with presents on the floor. Another one of our favorite Christmas tree ideas is to keep the decorations consistent—think all ribbons or all silver and blue ornaments, which will leave a bold impression.

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The Big Spectacle

Make your tree the talk of the town by placing it in front of a large window so that it dazzles passersby. Think of this approach as creating your own holiday window showcase that’s the centerpiece of your house when seen from the outside. Indoors, having your tree in front of a large window gives it a dramatic backdrop and is sure to make it the focal point in your room.

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Window View Christmas Tree Ideas:

With a tree that can be seen from the outside, it’s all about the Christmas decorations versus the tree. So if you’re not sure about a real tree, you can go with other Christmas tree types that are great alternatives. In fact, some of the most iconic Christmas trees in history were not real. Choose one that gets people into the holiday spirit when they see it from the streets!

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The Party Corner

Perfect for studios or apartments where there isn’t a lot of space for a big tree, this is all about setting up a corner that’s dedicated to all things festive for the holiday season. Mix in a smaller Christmas tree alongside accent furniture, like a bar cart that plays up the holiday spirit.

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Small-Space Christmas Tree Ideas:

When it comes to Christmas tree decorating ideas for small spaces, it’s less about the tree and more about the festive accents you’re bringing in. With a small space, think of the tree as not the focal point but part of the focal point you’re creating, which can include a hanging garland, a bowl of ornaments, a faux wreath, and other holiday trinkets you layer into a corner area.

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The Classic Spotlight

Finally, you can keep with a traditional approach where your Christmas tree is set up in a corner in your living room. It’s the easiest and most common spot for a tree that doesn’t obstruct the flow nor take up too much floor space. If you need to rearrange your furniture a little, that’s normal too, and our living room design ideas offer some easy ways to set up for your tree.

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Classic Christmas Tree Ideas:

With a classic tree placement, go big on size. Try bringing in a tree that fills out an entire corner, from bottom to top, to add height and lushness to your living room. Bigger also means endless Christmas tree decorating ideas that will get everyone in the family excited about—meaning, gingerbread cookie ornaments, big ribbons and garlands, and tons of colorful lights. Here, more is always merrier.

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Holiday Interiors Inspired by Your Favorite Christmas Movies

The holiday season looks mighty different this year. We’re all hunkering down at home, and holiday celebrations during COVID are turning into virtual gatherings. The bright side? It’s a great excuse to go all out on holiday decorating this year! Just because you’re not hosting a holiday party or having a big family gathering doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy trimming your Christmas tree, draping your home in red and green, and enjoying all the magic this season has to offer.

If you’re ready to load up on the cheer and festivity in your home this year, we put together a little something to inspire you—a guide to holiday decor ideas based on our favorite Christmas movies! We took five of our favorite classic Christmas movies and their interiors, and reimagined them for today! From The Grinch to Home Alone, peek inside these holiday-inspired living rooms full of Christmas movie decorations, and steal some inspiration for your own place!

Bonus idea: Coordinate a virtual holiday bash, where you and each of your friends decorate your home based on your own favorite holiday movie and give out prizes for the best decor! Tired of virtual gatherings? Have a holiday movie marathon from afar, complete with plenty of hot cocoa or eggnog and tons of twinkle lights.

Need help designing a room in your home? Holiday decor aside, our designers are pros at helping you reimagine the possibilities for your exact room in 3D! Start your project today and see how amazing your space can look.

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How The Grinch Stole Christmas

If there was ever a living room designed to make your heart grow three sizes larger, this would be it! Step inside the first interior inspired by one of our favorite classic Christmas movies—How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

A room that combines the holiday spirit of Whoville with the funkiness of Mt. Crumpet, we imagined the Grinch would (perhaps reluctantly) enjoy curling up by the fire in his new digs. The Mr. Grinch house decorations in this space have a very Grinch color palette—lots of greens, a few pops of red, and some high-contrast black and white. We stocked the space with a few touches from his old home on Mount Crumpet, along with some stolen Christmas gifts (because he’s still the Grinch, after all), and a few nods to Max.

Love the whimsy of Whoville? Us, too! The Christmas tree in their town square is among the top five most iconic christmas trees out there—in our humble opinion.

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The Holiday

Would any post on classic Christmas movies really be complete without a Nancy Meyers-inspired space? The home we all want to visit (or live in), our designers used Amanda’s LA mansion from The Holiday as the inspiration for this interior.

Staying true to the colors used in the film, our living space features a palette of neutrals with pops of greens and burgundies to give it some cozy touches. The furniture feels traditional, but has a contemporary twist that gives the space a modern update. The only thing missing? The magical combo of Jude Law sitting on a Nancy Meyers-approved sofa. Alas!

Are you an Iris or Amanda? Dig into The Holiday movie design style with more decor ideas from both of the iconic homes in The Holiday!

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The Nutcracker

For our third interior inspired by classic Christmas movies, we took design direction from the 19th-century ballet, The Nutcracker. The room is full of classic European-inspired design elements—a rolled-arm sofa, medallion patterned rug, and damask wallpaper—all drenched in a sugar plum purple color palette.

A few hidden gems for true fans of the classic ballet include a smattering of white sugar plum decor, the grandfather clock, and a few modern-inspired nutcracker tchotchkes. Finally, the art above the mantel is a nod to Uncle Drosselmeyer—the famous character behind the story.

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The next of our favorite Christmas movies is truly the most classic of the bunch: White Christmas. Set in the 1950s, we styled this interior true to the traditional design aesthetic of the time. Think: your East coast grandmother’s style.

Really nail this classic look with two spindle-back windsor chairs flanking the fireplace. A pair of cozy wingback armchairs across from a velvet chesterfield sofa also bring this look to life.

The overall color scheme offers a nod to the movie as well as some of the prints, textures, and fabrics. For those looking to bring this look into their home, try sticking to a more traditional style and don’t be afraid of too much tinsel!

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The truly Christmas-obsessed will revel in this interior inspired by the classic 90s Christmas flick, Home Alone. Kevin McCallister’s family lived in a gorgeous early-20th-century colonial revival home, and our designers wanted an interior look that would complement the home’s architecture.

In case you missed it during your last viewing, the entire movie set of the Home Alone house interior was designed with red and green as the main color palette (even down to the kitchen countertops!) so we wanted to bring that element through to our Home Alone-inspired interior.

In true Home Alone movie fashion, we couldn’t help but deck the space out head to toe in classic Christmas decor—a large, bushy Christmas tree, garlands, wreaths, and nutcrackers galore! There’s no Kevin McCallister (or Macaulay Culkin) in sight, but we’re pretty sure he’d have a ball spending Christmas in this space. (And we’re pretty sure you would, too.)

 

Need some extra holiday decor inspiration? Check out our holiday decor lookbook, which features three curated looks with different decor packs to help you decorate for winter (the holidays and beyond) with ease this year! This includes some holiday mantel decor, and some great living room design ideas.

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