Neutral French Christmas Living Room: Simple Decorating Ideas

This year’s holiday decorating is inspired by neutral French Christmas decor. Lots of white, silver, mercury glass, twinkle lights, and greenery are evocative of nature and create a feeling of simplicity.  

Christmas is hands down my favorite time of year. From the Christmas tree lights, to spending time with family and friends, to eating my favorite sweets (peppermint bark!), I’m always appreciative of the reflection and joy the season brings.

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neutral French Christmas decorating living room with mirror wreath and garland

Today is my first holiday tour of the year, and I’m excited to share this year’s neutral and natural decor! This year is very different from what I’ve done in the past.

I’ve used lots of white, silver and natural elements to evoke the feeling of a European Christmas.


gorgeous neutral French country living room Christmas decorating ideas

 I love the creativity of decorating for my favorite season, and bringing beauty to these four walls is another way I show my love. 

Almost every year I plan my Christmas decorating the year before, and this year was no exception! During December of last year I started dreaming of what this year would look like.


gorgeous French country Christmas vignette white roses greenery in urn and bottle brush trees

I love to change things up, but I also didn’t want to spend a lot or buy loads of new items. Most of my Christmas decor is fairly neutral to start with, so this was more of a return to my roots than a new departure.


gorgeous French farmhouse Christmas holiday decorating tree french chairs neutral living room

To start with, I decided to get a Noble fir Christmas tree – something I’ve never done before! Nope, never. My husband grew up with Nobles and when we were first married, he mentioned getting one from time to time. But that was when we used to buy a live tree and they were almost twice as much as other types, so it always got ruled out.

And to be honest, in years past I really didn’t love them. I grew up with chubby, full Douglas firs and that was what I gravitated to.


French farmhouse inspired Christmas tree and paper whites in neutral living room

But I wanted a simpler, more neutral French Christmas feel this year and the Noble fir really evokes that feeling to me. And I couldn’t love it more! Not only is the simplicity something that speaks to me, but they are much easier to decorate and I love that you can see the ornaments!


gorgeous neutral Christmas tree and golden retriever

The ornaments are all white pinecones and silver mercury glass, and I decided to forgo adding ribbon or garland to keep it simpler. And I didn’t load it down with a ton of ornaments, choosing instead to be able to see the green of the tree. I also added some frosted pine cones to emphasize the natural elements of the season.


greenery in French urns Christmas decorating idea

Rustic urns hold a mix of faux and real greenery along with some white berries. A vintage Belsnickle Santa and some ornaments in a bowl complete the decor on the sofa table.

I love sprinkling ornaments everywhere – it’s such an easy way to decorate and really makes it feel festive.


gorgeous Christmas mantel with garland and knit stockings in French country living room

The garland on the mantel is a mix of 3 different faux garlands, including my fave realistic cedar garland and this eucalyptus one.


gorgeous garland on mantel Christmas decorating ideas

I also added some pine cones and white berries to the garland for some texture and interest.


tabletop tree in wire basket garland stockings candles on mantel

The only other purchase I made this year was to buy this little tabletop tree! I absolutely adore having some small trees to sprinkle around, and my old one was about 10 years old and showing wear. Plus, I wanted to continue that European feel with a little Noble. 😉


French country living room with Christmas tree and Mora clock Swedish decor

Even the Mora clock got a little holiday cheer! I used this cedar swag and then added some live pine branches from the yard as well. 


Christmas vignette with bottle brush trees in cloche and French urn

I love bottle brush trees and cloches, so I thought I’d combine them for a sweet vignette on the coffee table.  


French chair with presents wrapping paper and ribbon by Christmas tree

gorgeous French European living room Christmas holiday decor garland on staircase

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed my neutral French Christmas living room and that it inspires some of your own decorating for the season. 😉

I’ll be back tomorrow with another holiday tour featuring my family room so I hope you’ll stop by for that!


Shop Neutral French Christmas Decor


Here’s to the beginning of the most wonderful time of the year!



Simple neutral French inspired Christmas decorating gorgeous living room graphic


And be sure to visit some of my talented friends who are also sharing their holiday decor below!

Christmas blog hop

Shabbyfufu | Designthusiasm | StoneGable | Maison de Cinq


Christmas blog hop

On Sutton Place  | A Stroll Thru Life | Southern Hospitality


If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out some of my other holiday posts below:

Neutral & Natural French Decor Shopping Guide

Casual Chic French Christmas Tour

French Inspired Christmas with Touches of Blue

Casual Chic Green & White Holiday Table Setting


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  1. Marni Gibson says:

    I’m just new to this site, and am loving it! Have you ever shared the wall and trim colours?

    1. Hi Marni and thank you – that is so nice to hear!!

      I have shared them but not really in one place (sorry!) My downstairs walls are Muslin, all trim, cabinets, doors, etc (including kitchen) are Cloud White, and my bedroom is White Dove. All paint is Benjamin Moore.

      I also wrote a post all about neutral paints (many of the ones in my home). You can read that here:

      I hope that helps! And welcome to Maison de Cinq!


  2. Hi! Did I miss the resource list? I’m looking for some of those neutral bottle brush trees. Thanks! Your home is just lovely.

    1. Hi and thank you so much!
      They’re right below the photos of the cloche – you can click and shop the photos. They’re also in the Shop the Post area at the bottom of the post.

      Hope that helps!


  3. Donna M Colotti says:

    Everything about this post speaks to me. I have always been a tone on tone person… neutrals. May I kindly ask about the small circular table you have between the two side chairs? Gorgeous piece..

    1. That’s so kind – thank you Donna! And that table was from Arhaus but unfortunately, it’s discontinued. I’m looking for similar ones and I do link some similar ones in the Shop my Home part of the blog but they are not the exact same.

      Happy Holidays!

  4. your entire living room is just lovely….. loved your neutral tones; as i have very little red in my house anymore…. and my greens aren’t the traditional Christmas “green” that i always used…. and i learned what a noble tree is today….. thanks for the beauty and education!!

    1. You’re so welcome Lynne! I’m glad you were inspired – thanks for your kind words and for stopping by!


  5. Just gorgeous, Sheila! I absolutely love the tree and I always favored fuller ones too. You did the perfect job decorating it!

  6. JoAnne McGee says:

    Would you mind sharing your resouce for the noble fir tree? Have so many ornaments that get buried in the fluffy trees… want (ideally) a nearly 9′ tree. Thank you!

  7. Love your tree, so simple and so elegant. I love a green tree and this one is stunning. I think the Nobel was a fabulous choice. Everything looks so beautiful, I love all the silver and white. Your garland on the mantel is beautiful too. I like that you added in some Eucalyptus, that gave it another dimension.

    1. Thanks so much for your kind words Marty!

      Merry Christmas to you!


  8. So stunning Sheila…pinning this for future reference!