This Christmas, why not ditch brightly coloured baubles and tinsel and opt for a rustic approach to your decorating scheme instead?
Traditional Christmas decorating schemes have timeless appeal, so your style and look will last for several years if you don’t have the time or cash to update your decorations every year.
Rustic Christmas living room with hessian stockings
Make your fireplace the focal point by decking the mantel in festive foliage, and complete the look with a hessian stocking at each end. Replace the traditional overmantel mirror with a chalkboard panel where the family can write festive messages.
When it comes to the tree, select a real fir and embellish it with natural pinecones and woodland decorations to complete your living room’s rustic look.
Wooden chopping board
Make your fireplace or wood-burning stove the focal point this holiday season with a Christmas arrangement. Spell out a festive greeting using decorative wooden letters and Christmas decorations, like this ‘Noel’ arrangement that uses a mini garland for the letter ‘O’. Drape greenery lavishly on the mantel with extra foliage and berry sprigs tucked in and around the mirror for a finishing touch.
Metal and rope mirror
Cast a Christmas glow over your dining room with a shimmering old gold and cream colour scheme. If you have a neutral room to begin with, it’s an easy look to put together. Start with the dining table as your focal point, and dress it with gilt-trimmed china and glassware, old gold baubles, candle votives and luxe crackers.
Go for all-out glitz and glamour when it comes to decorating the dining table. Keep to just two or three key colours for a co-ordinated look, such as this arrangement in gold, white and crystal.
Dress the table with a fabric runner and a charger plate underneath each place setting, layered with matching napkins, candle votives and glassware. As a special finishing touch, put a Christmas bauble with a name tag at each place setting so guests can take home a memento afterwards.
Embrace the current copper trend this Christmas by using metal accents to add a luxurious look to neutral décor. Line the mantel with a row of mini votives and candlesticks to cast a warming glow across the room. Continue the metallic theme onto the dining room table with copper charger plates and baubles, luxe crackers and glassware. Fill a row of tall vases with rust-coloured pine cones as a striking table centrepiece.
Give a neutral room a glam festive update for the party season. Starting with your sofa, add extra glitz with a couple of sequinned and embellished cushions to perk up your seats. For the tree, co-ordinate winter-white and gold decorations with matt metallics and beaded baubles. Instead of the usual festive greenery, opt for a snow-frosted tree, golden laurel wreath and dusty-pink faux hydrangeas for a floral arrangement.
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Make it a white Christmas this year with a sparkly white and silver theme throughout your dining room, starting with the dining table as your centrepiece.
Dress the table with a white linen cloth and a silver runner for added sparkle, layered up with silver-trimmed tableware, gleaming cutlery and frosted glassware. Pile a glass cakestand with baubles and mini cloches as a table centrepice, then suspend a couple of white paper stars above for a finishing touch.
Cole & Son
Create a warm and welcoming Christmas hallway to greet your guests. If glitz and glam isn’t your style, take a paired-back approach with this understated look using neutral tones, rustic finishes and natural greenery.
Make your own rustic wreath to decorate the door, using fresh foliage, pinecones and a few woodland decorations tied in. Dress up a console table to give the space a focal point, with a festive arrangement of mini wooden houses, tin decorations and wintery branches, finished with a pile of brown paper-wrapped presents underneath.
Go for a grown-up glamorous look in your living room this Christmas. Mid-grey wallpaper acts as the perfect backdrop for chrome and mirrored furniture and is an easy look to add sparkle to when it comes to Christmas.
Keep the tree understated, with simple white fairy lights and baubles in silver, white and clear glass. Cover glass table surfaces with reflective pieces in mirror and mercury glass to add extra shine to the room. Finally, glam up sofas and armchairs with silver silk and sequinned cushions.
If you’ve got an empty space to fill, perhaps on a console table in your hallway or living room, try this quick and easy idea for a festive finishing touch.
Gather together a selection of baubles in your chosen colour theme – a mix of medium-sized and mini baubles will do the trick – and then arrange randomly inside a glass cloche. If you don’t have a cloche, a tall glass vase works just as well. Simply stack it full of baubles or even a garland of fairy lights.
Similar glass cloche
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Marks & Spencer
When it comes to decorating, soft greys and whites, combined with pale oak flooring, create the perfect backdrop for an impressive collection of antiques and traditional Christmas ornaments and accessories. Keep the look co-ordinated by sticking to a couple of colours for your accessories.
When it comes to decorating, soft greys and whites, combined with pale oak flooring, create the perfect backdrop for an impressive collection of antiques and traditional Christmas ornaments and accessories. Jolly festive bunting livens up the neutral scheme with a splash of red.
Splashes of red help to bring this almost monochrome dining room to life. A striking floral centrepiece is the perfect finishing touch when it comes to decorating the home at Christmas. Try foraging for natural seasonal foliage such as holly, pine branches and berried ivy, as well as fir cones and mosses.
Settle back for an evening of chess, card games and plenty of mulled wine around the fire in this laid-back living room. Painting the beam the same colour as the walls helps to blend it into the scheme and makes the intricate twig and pinecone decoration stand out.
Marks & Spencer
Mills in Bloom
The soft light of the church candles and woodburning stove brings out the warmth of the old bricks in this cosy living room. All-white decorations add a stylish touch to the Christmas tree while red berries and seasonal cushions inject festive tones into the scheme.
This spacious farmhouse-style kitchen includes all the ingredients of a classic country scheme – an Aga, natural stone flooring and a built-in wooden chopping block. Christmas-tree bunting, fairy lights and sprigs of holly create a country Christmas feel, while the fat candle surrounded by pinecones and other natural decorations would make the perfect centrepiece for the Christmas dining table.
Arrden Vale Kitchens
Red and green table decorations in front of a roaring fire create a classic Christmas look in this dining room. When laying a festive spread, choose a few complementary colours and pick out a table runner, crockery and decorations in those shades for a cohesive look. Decorative glasses, goblets and vases complete the festive scheme.
The joy of Christmas is as much about the anticipation as the celebration itself. This is an original and craft twist on the traditional advent calendar. Little rust-effect buckets have been suspended from striped ribbon, which is looped through the stair balustrades. Each pail has been numbered to count down the days before Christmas and can be filled with little treats like chocolates and sweets.
Relaxation is at the forefront of this classic dining room scheme. Weathered oak and shades of cream give the room a restrained elegance. Festive touches in a minimal, white theme bring the scheme to life. Add a few scented candles in fir, mistletoe and snow, to infuse the room with Christmas cheer.