Even if you choose just a few beautiful, essential Christmas decorations they can make a big impact on the way your house is presented when friends and family arrive for Christmas. We’ve selected the top decorations that should adorn every home discover which ones you should buy with our inspirational photo gallery.
What better way to set the scene for Christmas than with a traditional door wreath? Choose between classic styles made with berries and ivy, or rustic wreaths with pinecones or entwined with fruit. A modern wreath in glittering gold will certainly make an impact.
Similarly, a banister garland dressing the staircase in your hallway will give guests a warm, festive welcome when they come to visit. There are some beautiful readymade garlands to choose from, which you can decorate with your own star or dove decorations, or if you decide to make your own garland using eucalyptus and berries, the hallway will be filled with a wonderful festive scent.
Other decorative ways to scent the room include pine cones, fresh flowers and clove-studded oranges.
Every Christmas decorating scheme needs baubles, so choose a few favourites that you can bring out year after year. Add pretty tartan ribbon ties to make decorations look even more special on the tree.
Flickering candlelight is essential for a cosy Christmas living room, so buy some decorative tealight holders that can be displayed on the mantelpiece or windowsills.
If you have a wood-burning stove or open fireplace, store wood in cute tartan log bags for a cosy look.
For the Christmas table, buy gorgeous red and white runners and place mats. Mix with patterned and plain white china for a stylish look.
Stockings are, of course, another essential Christmas decoration choose from homespun felt stockings, Scandi style, or luxe faux fur theres a style that will be the perfect finishing touch to your fireplace.
Layer up the cosiness with woollen blankets and cushions for fireside armchairs. Keeping additional throws close to hand in baskets or blanket boxes will allow your guests to snuggle up on sofas, armchairs and window seats without having to ask. Look for Christmassy designs in keeping with your furniture and your tree for a room scheme that looks effortlessly co-ordinated.
Wicker heart wreath
Make the most of your banister with a beautiful garland, decorated with festive baubles and sparkling silver pine cones.
Be bold with fresh foliage to make a big impact in a white modern living room. Stick with evergreens such as eucalyptus and ferns for fragrance and longevity, then go supersize for a playful twist on the traditional festive wreath. The simple colours evoke the snow-topped forests of Scandinavia, working well with the soft grey sofa and faux fur throw. A few festive ornaments finish the look while retaining a laid-back feel.
Make a spectacular first impression with a fun light feature. Tie neon lights round furnishings to create an alternative Christmas tree ? crowned with an offbeat topper. Throw out the tinsel and punk up your Christmas with riotous reds, smoky greens and a punch of neon. Position presents around the base in equally cheery colours to finish.
Green recycled glass jar
Take a palette of icy whites, forest greens and woodland browns, add cosy Nordic accents and a sprinkling of Narnia for a bewitching festive scene to greet your guests come Christmas Day. Create a pretty display by bunching a set of fairy lights into an elegant glass cloche. Add colour with a lush stair garland to provide a warm welcome and fill the space with a gorgeous woody scent.
Glass bell jar
Graham and Greene
Subvert traditional Christmas schemes and give your festive decorations an alternative edge with pure punk attitude. Greet your guests with sweets and treats, served in seditious style. Start with a console table dressed in playful pieces and anarchic red linen. Channel an edgier look with mannequins, oversized currency, bondage tartan and neon lights.
Copper star fairy light
Not on the High Street
Give your dining room Nordic charm with crisp stripes and checks in red and white. Add snow-white highlights with ceramics and candles. Bring it all together with the gleam of glass and silver, and scarlet-berried greenery. Use striped ribbon to tie decorations to guests’ chairs and dress the table with a red and white striped cloth. Top sparkling silver place mats with gingham check napkins and go for white tableware with green and red decoration and cranberry-coloured glassware. Make it all shimmer and shine with plenty of candlelight.
Get creative and craft rag garlands and card strings to decorate a cosy fireplace. Mix the colours of a countryside Christmas in pine green and holly red along with ditsy florals and traditional tartan in stockings and throws. Carve rosy apples into tea light holders for another shot of red and dress the mantel with cheery cyclamen and eucalyptus.
LSA edge white wine glass
Royal Stafford plate