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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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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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A Few of Our Favorite Things: 8 Festive Holiday Mantel Decor Looks

It’s hard to believe the holiday season is practically here! It’s been a long 2020, so it’s more the reason to break out the festive holiday decorations and cozy up the home for some much-needed celebration (and relaxation).

The best place to start decorating? Your fireplace mantel, of course! It’s where the stockings go after all. But it’s also an easy surface to layer with candles and ornaments or string up lights and a garland. Not to mention, the fireplace is also the centerpiece of the living room, so your holiday mantel decor is guaranteed to be a focal point in the space.

Explore more holiday decorating tips from Modsy designers! Need help pulling your living room together? Check out these ways to lay out a living room with a fireplace and even this guide to living rooms with corner fireplaces.

Although, there are many ways beyond classic Xmas red-and-white to deck out the mantel. To give you some wintry, holiday mantel inspiration, here are a few of our favorite looks for a festive and dazzling fireplace. Read on to get our tips on how to bring each look home.

Hygge It Up

Create a mantel focal point inspired by hygge, the Scandinavian winter mindset of embracing all things cozy and comforting. It’s a layered and lush alternative to a holiday mantel display that will bring in a sense of calm and quiet all through winter.

Learn more about acing a hygge design style.

Stick to simple pieces that are sculptural and have a handmade, organic feel. That means layering up your mantel with decor such as a textured greenery garland, a macramé hanging, woven baskets and accents, and artisanal white ceramics. It all helps convey a feeling of comfort and warmth.

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Keep It Classic Christmas Style

Nothing beats red and green Christmas mantel decor for that classic holiday look. It’s perfect for those who want a tried-and-true mantel that goes with the traditional holiday colors throughout the living room.

String a garland or simple branches of pine across the mantel, then add in festive accents in the Christmas palette. That can be a piece of vintage art (like this sleigh drawing), some candlesticks and berry stems, a reindeer figurine or special family ornaments, anything that nods to the holidays. It’ll make for an attractive focal point that can rival any Christmas tree.

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Go For Color & Glam

Give your mantel a glam update for the holidays with decor that dazzles and sparkles. This is perfect if you like your holidays to have a punch of color that’s not red and green and like a living room that’s fun, and festive.

Add decor in bright jewel tones and metallics to up the glitz factor. That includes everything from mercury glass votives and candleholders and mirrored sconces to silver ornaments and metallic tree sculptures. This is all about adding colors and glamour that shine, so no need to hold back!

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Think Refined & Rustic

If you’re a fan of rustic style, this refined-rustic approach has farmhouse appeal but still brings in that wintry, holiday spirit. Instead of classic Christmas mantel decorations, this is all about layering rustic and vintage elements for that cozy, lived-in feel.

Start by adding sophisticated vintage accents, like flea-market art, antiqued brass animals, and weathered candlesticks. Then work in natural elements, like the wood-bead garland here and the full cypress greenery, for seasonal and organic touches. For a soft nod to the holidays, you can round out the mantel with white stockings, mini Christmas trees, and a woven basket for fireplace logs.

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Give It A Quirky Twist

For an eclectic holiday mantel, mix quirky festive decor. If you prefer casual holiday decorations, this is the perfect twist for you. Not to mention, it’s a great solution if you don’t have room for a full-size Christmas tree.

You can take it in any direction you want, but a fun garland is a must (like this cute ‘Oh What Fun’ one.) Add in other charming decor, like red and green candles, some greenery branches, and a nutcracker or toy soldier sculpture. It’s about turning the mantel into a holiday scene, and when the time comes you can stack presents in front of the fireplace.

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Opt For Trad & Organic

In the same vein as a rustic holiday mantel, this elegant take on classic holiday ushers in an elevated festive look. For those who have a formal living room or want a polished and sophisticated fireplace focal point, this is an easy way to do so.

Lean into classic mantel decor that lets you play up symmetry, like a pair of brass sconces flanking a mirror, a garland of gold pine cones that runs the length of the mantel, sculptural glass trees at varying heights. This is also a great moment for a wreath, which adds a pop of greenery and texture that balances out all the formality

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Make It Minimalist

For true minimalists and modern-decor lovers, a simple mantel in black and white with touches of silver is the way to go. Believe it when we say there are ways to work a high-contrast palette so that it still feels cozy and full of holiday spirit.

Be sure to keep to small white accents, like ceramic vases, miniature trees, and black-and-white stockings. You can go big and top it all off with a black-and-white frame mirror that draws attention to the mantel. The key is to work in greenery, like small cypress trees or branches for some organic texture and for a nod to the wintry outdoors.

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Try Polished Blue & Silver

Like holiday red and green, blue and silver make for a wintry palette that can instantly bring the outdoors in. For those who celebrate Hannukah, this is color scheme also perfectly ties into the festive decor for the holiday.

The key is sticking to simple and modern blue-and-white decor, like sapphire velvet curtains, sky-color modern art, and silver candlesticks or menorahs. You can easily add a holiday touch by layering in mercury glass votives and candle holders, blue and silver ornaments. Practical finishing touches, like a big woven basket, will bring an instant warm appeal.

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6 Ways To Prep Your Dining Room for Entertaining

Whether you’re entertaining for the holidays or just hosting a morning brunch with friends, your dining room is at the center of it all. With all the work that goes into planning a meal for multiple people, the last thing you want is to stress about your decor.

To help you avoid any pre-hosting stress, we rounded up our favorite tips to get your dining room ready to go before guests descend. Here are the dining room ideas we love and are sure to help you get fully prepped for a revolving door of dinner parties, brunches, and whatever else comes your way.

Read on for a few dining room ideas that will help you shine as the hostess with the mostest!

dining room ideas for holiday entertaining1. Always Have Extra (and Comfy) Seating

Comfortable chairs can make long dinners much more enjoyable. If you like a little extra cushion, consider matching sets that are fully upholstered or have nice plush seats.

If you have room to spare, extra chairs are always great to have on hand in case of unexpected, or last-minute guests.

Short on space? Dining chairs are versatile so try placing extras in your entryway or home office. They won’t use up square footage unnecessarily, and you can easily pull them into your dining space in a pinch.

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dining room ideas for entertaining2. Be Realistic About Headcount

Big dinners are a holiday given, so be cognizant of how many people your dining room can accommodate comfortably.

If you have the space to entertain a big crowd, make sure everyone has a spacious spot at the table. A table with extendable leaves is a great solve for hosting large groups in smaller spaces.

dining room ideas for holiday entertaining3. Take Time to Outfit Your Table

Whether you’re hosting a Thanksgiving feast for 12 or an intimate valentines day dinner for two, a thoughtfully set table is always memorable.

Channel the colors of the season and pick a combination of your favorite three to guide the palette for your table scape.

If you’ve been thinking about new dishes, silverware or glassware, now is the time to go for it as you gear up to entertain.

dining room ideas for holiday entertaining4. Prepare a Serving Station

Half the challenge of entertaining is being present with your guests.

Setting up a sideboard or a buffet where you can create a bar and a serving station for food, appetizers and dessert means you won’t have to dash back and forth from the kitchen.

In a smaller dining room, try a simple bar cart topped with drinks and light nibbles.

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dining room ideas for holiday entertaining5. Add Good Mood Lighting

Beyond candlelight, make sure your dining room is well-lit all around – overhead, along the walls, or a table lamp or two placed strategically on a buffet or a small table.

The idea is to have enough lighting around your dining room so that you can easily switch off a few to create a moody ambience.

If you have a single pendant above the dining table, consider hanging a chandelier for a show-stopping light source that adds more sparkle.

dining room ideas for holiday entertaining6. Warm Up Your Floors

A captivating rug is sure to set a cozy, festive note. Choose a low-pile option (one that’s not shaggy) in a color or pattern that draws focus to your dining table.

Or opt for a natural-fiber rug with a large-scale design that’s easy on the eyes and stands up to foot traffic. (These can also handle the occasional spill, because let’s face it – it happens).

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Thanksgiving Prep: Easy, Last-Minute Tips to Get Your Dining Room Ready

Hosting a Thanksgiving gathering and feeling frenzied? You’re not alone. Between cooking and coordinating, there never seems to be enough time for Thanksgiving prep. But setting up your dining room with the right flow and flexibility can help you easily host a comfortable holiday meal.

If you’re pressed for time, we’ve got some tips that are easy to implement, even at the last minute!

Here are our favorite quick tips to help get your dining room ready.

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1. Accommodate Extra Guests

Be prepared to have a seat for the extra family member or the friend-of-a-friend (who forgot to RSVP) by pulling in ottomans, benches, and stools from other areas in your home.

These moveable pieces are a practical and perfect, last-minute way to accommodate additional guests at large gatherings. Ready a few around the room—guests can perch here with their cocktails before dinner, or simply use them as a spot for placing bags and coats.

 

2. Make Drinks Self-Serve

It’s as simple as pulling in a bar cart to allow guests to stir up their own drinks. Choose an option with casters, AKA wheels, that you can easily move around.

This allows you the flexibility of placing your bar cart in the corner for cocktail hour and then moving it into another room for post-dinner drinks and coffee.

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3. Make More Room to Gather

Expandable dining tables with leaves are perfect for hosting big events. They ensure you’ll never be short on space when having a dinner party, but won’t take up too much room on a daily basis.

Stylist Tip: Choose a rug that’s sized to your table when it’s expanded. We recommend that your entire table and chairs sit fully on top of a rug. You won’t have to worry about the rug getting caught under chair legs as your guests scoot in and out.

4. Eliminate Trips Back and Forth

Just as you would have a drinks station for your guests, create a buffet area on a credenza for appetizers and desserts.

This will keep you from having to make trips back and forth to the kitchen. Not to mention, once dinner is over, everyone knows exactly where to find the sweets and pies. Keep some extra plates and napkins in the cupboards of your credenza and you’re all set.

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