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.

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classic christmas movies – the Grinch

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.

classic christmas movies – the holiday

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.

classic christmas movies – white christmasWhite Christmas

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!

classic christmas movies – Home AloneHome Alone

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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