Family decorating the Christmas tree.

Two of the most popular home decorating trends of late are minimalist and simple and modern and funky. That goes for holiday decorating, too. Some might like to stick to a simple theme of silver and white throughout the home while others might want to go all out with colours, decor, and lighting, galore. Whatever your decision, there are plenty of options when it comes to Christmas trees and decorations to help brighten your space.

Since this is decor that will be temporary, you don’t want to do anything drastic like repaint. But you can swap paintings and framed photos on the wall for holiday-themed decor, like wreaths and stockings, shift furniture around to fit a Christmas tree, and even play with the smart lighting to create fun, holiday colour effects.

Need some ideas to brighten up rooms in your own home? Here are a few ways you can accomplish just that.

Brighten up your living room

Samsung The Frame TV

The central focal point of most living rooms these days is, let’s be honest, a television. That’s certainly the case in my home, which is why I love having a flat panel OLED TV that looks just as gorgeous mounted to an entertainment unit when it’s turned off as it does when it’s displaying my favourite TV shows. And while a television is technically not furniture, they do contribute to the overall look of a room. TVs like Samsung’s The Frame, for example, can display works of art when they are turned off, effectively disguising themselves as wall paintings or photographs. Use a TV like this one to display holiday-themed artwork, images, or even a scrolling slideshow of Christmases past with the family. It’ll make a great backdrop for a holiday party and get everyone in the mood for the season when they see these wonderful memories any time the TV is off.

Christmas throw pillowBeyond the television, you can add a pop of colour with plenty of indoor holiday decor items, like swapping your usual throw pillows in the living room for holiday themed ones. Remove the usual ornaments on your shelves, side tables, and on the walls and replace them with holiday themed ones. Holiday candles always bring a nice, warm feeling and can literally brighten up the room.

Brighten up outside

holiday welcome matOutside of the home is where you can really shine for the holiday season. Every year, we put up tons of lights along with a variety of inflatables, all of which brighten up the home, literally and figuratively.

Alongside the many string lights around the porch and front of the house, don’t forget a lovely holiday themed welcome mat. It adds a pop of colour before people even walk inside and giving off a warm, welcoming vibe.

Twinkly lightsThen, of course, there’s smart lighting, which is great for both outside and inside. The best part about smart lighting that offers multiple colour options is that you can adjust for any holiday. Maybe you just recently used a bright orange or ominous red colour for Halloween, for example. Now, you can swap among reds and greens and bright whites and blues for Christmas. With smart lights, you can easily adjust the colour from an app on your phone, or even by voice. Set schedules, especially for outdoor lights, so they go on and off at the appropriate times.

Advent calendar countdown ornamentsAdd panache to your kitchen & dining area

Along with smart lighting in the kitchen as well, you can brighten up this room in other ways. Considering you’ll be spending a lot of time there cooking holiday meals and baking holiday treats, you’ll want it to be as festive as possible.

Start simple with a small decor piece, like an advent calendar ornament that counts down to Christmas. Make sure to swap all your hand towels, oven mitts, and apron for holiday themed ones. Such small changes can really make a difference in how you feel and how festive the room looks.

Block decor or wood signs are simple ways to brighten up the kitchen during the holiday season. Look for anywhere you might have everyday decor pieces and swap them out for these ones.

One of my absolutely favourite décor items in my dining room is an oversized wall mirror that fits horizontally on the back wall. The mirror, which measures about 5.5 feet wide and 3.5 feet tall, really opens up the relatively small room so it looks much bigger than it really is. And it also brightens the room with the reflections from the sun coming in from an adjacent window. During the holidays, we can see a reflection of the Christmas tree by the window in the living room.

Illuminate the bathroom

Speaking of lighting, illuminated mirrors in the bathroom are a perfect way to brighten up that room of the home, not to mention they help make shaving, applying make-up, and doing your hair much easier. When you’re feeling groggy right out of bed but need to get ready to start a long day at work, some literal light can not only brighten up the room, but your mood, too. With smart lighting, you can adjust the colours of these lights during the holiday season for a really fun effect.

Christmas plaid throw blanketCreate soothing ambiance in the bedroom

The bedroom is your own personal space, but it’s also where you first wake up every morning and the last place you see at night. It’s where you get dressed for the day (or night out) and where you enjoy rest and relaxation. So, it’s important that this room is bright and welcoming, too; and that it gets you into the holiday spirit from the moment you wake up.

Naturally, bedding is an important to complement the furniture, so look for eye-catching, bright, and bold patterns. It’s amazing how a new duvet or bed sheet set can instantly brighten up a bedroom. Along with more festive throw pillows, consider swapping your regular bedsheets for holiday-themed ones, or at least have a holiday throw blanket to brighten up the colour schemes.

Philips Hue lighting by TV - brighten up games roomLiven up the home theatre or games room

Furniture for the games room, whether that’s your basement, den, or an actual dedicated room in the home, is arguably the category you can have the most fun with. The most obvious choice of furniture is a super-cool gaming chair that not only looks amazing but also serves a purpose in providing comfort during those extra-long gaming sessions. They come in a wide range of colours, styles, and designs to suit the size of the room and even the types of games you play. Pop a festive throw pillow onto it and it instantly becomes holiday themed.

This is another room where lighting can really play into the overall look and, not surprisingly, contribute to brightening up the room in more ways than one. Look at smart lighting here once again, and consider systems like the Nanoleaf light panels that can be arranged in a variety of configurations, or light strips from brands like Philips that you can place under and around furniture to add to the gaming experience. Choose holiday themed colours and you instantly have festive ambiance.

Nanoleaf shapes - brighten up home officeBrighten the home office

If you have a home office, chances are you spend quite a bit of time there. An office chair is important not only because you sit it in for hours every day, which means it needs to be ergonomic and comfortable. But it also contributes significantly to the look of the office. A simple chair in a colour beyond boring black can make all the difference in brightening up a room.

Bottom line

There are lots of ways you can use furniture to liven up every room of your home for the holiday season, from the living room to the bathroom, and the games room. It’s amazing what a difference a single piece of furniture or décor item can make. Use your holiday bins to pack up the regular decor items and store them away for the season, then switch back once you enter the new year.

See lots of furniture and décor items you can use to brighten up every room of your home for the holidays at Best Buy Online

I am a tech expert and journalist with 17+ years of experience in trade and consumer tech journalism. I write for a number of technology, business, parenting, family, and lifestyle Websites, blogs, and magazines. A self-professed lover of tech, I'm also a passionate foodie who loves to cook and bake, a TV junkie, and proud mother to an 8-year-old son.


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