Essential Christmas decorations

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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 – there’s a style that will be the perfect finishing touch to your fireplace.