Modern Christmas decorating ideas to swoon over

At this time of year, there’s plenty of opportunity to instil a little excitement with your interiors scheme by introducing contemporary festive decorations that fun and frivolity

 There are plenty of ways to add a modern touch to your Christmas decorating scheme. The easiest way is to add lashings of glitz and glam to proceedings - with quirky and unusual touches to catch the eye and become a talking point amongst friends, family and guests.

In this modern Christmas decorating round up, we've suggested our favourite schemes, tricks and ideas for making the festive period as sleek, chic and stylish and possible.

Need more Christmas decorating ideas? READ: Christmas hallway decorating ideas to impress your guests

1. Mix rich accent colours

christmas tree with sofa and table

(Image credit: Future PLC/Dominic Blackmore)

For a modern Christmas theme, colour is a great place to start. Choose deep rich shades that nod to the season – red (or contemporary burnt orange), deep purple, inky blue and jade green are a strong combo. Then introduce through your tree decs, wrapped presents, accent cushions and more.

Get the look
Buy now: Ideal Home Porter Fabric 2 Seater Sofa, £699, Very
Buy now:  Ideal Home Frasco Faceted Table Lamp, £79.99, Very

2. Get the party started

drinks trolley with christmas tree

(Image credit: Future PLC/Dominic Blackmore)

The hostess trolley has made a come back for true Abigail's Party style. It's an easy way to serve drinks or the Christmas day soup course in one shot. This luxe gold design is both practical and super stylish with a handy marble tray. Stock with novelty cocktail shakers and authentic martini glasses for glamourous cocktail party style.

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Buy now: Luxe Drinks Trolley, £350, Oliver Bonas

3. Make a fireplace the focal point

living room with metal angel wings

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Raeside)

Make a beautiful fireplace the focal point of your room. Decorative angel wings in grey gilt metal have a lovely distressed feel and add a quirky look to the mantelpiece, where they flank a large white mirror. For an eclectic mix of decorations place colourful feathers in front of an overmantel mirror for added effect and mini white Christmas trees by the fire basket.

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Buy now: Greywash Gilt Metal Angel Wings, £225, Cox & Cox

Give your fireplace an update. READ: Christmas mantelpiece ideas for the festive season

4. Give a nod to Nordic style

hallway with lion sculpture

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Bevan)

Step through the wardrobe and bring a bit of Narnia into your Christmas decorations. This traditional hallway has been festooned with aromatic foliage, winterberries and Nordic-style baubles. Stick to an all-white scheme to create a magical snowscape and continue the theme with enchanting accessories. Here, a stone lion is crowned with silver, while  a glowing bell jar filled with fairy lights illuminates a curious key and icy pine cones.

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Buy now: Golden Glow Regular Bell Jar Bundle,£14.99, Lights4Fun

5. Supersize your accessories

living room with oversized wreath

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Raeside)

For a striking take on a Christmas classic, take a simple festive wreath and go supersized. A plain white backdrop will show the foliage off to its full potential. If you have period features such as wall panelling, scale your wreath to match. Keep the rest of the scheme pared-back, layering up different neutral tones and textures, from luxe faux furs to velvet.

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Buy now: Lupin Grey faux fur throw, £120, Habitat 

6. Get creative with your Christmas countdown

hallway advent calendar

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Raeside)

Transform a magical spot in your hallway to help you count down to Christmas. Here, three ornate panels form a fairytale backdrop to an ingenious advent calendar made by pegging paper bags onto rustic green twine. Work with a grey scheme by adding snowy white touches. Fresh ivy gives the scheme a secret garden feel, made more playful by the oversized bow and arrow used to suspend the calendar.

7. Serve up a treat

retro drinks trolley

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Get ready to toast the season with a bar staged on an elegant vintage-looking trolley. Look for bar and glassware that reflects the style of your room or your Christmas decorations. Glasses and decanters with touches of soft silver or gold metallics, or in dusky pink and pearly tones, are an update on traditional designs, while pretty baubles, tealights and quirky bottle openers and stoppers complete the look.

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Buy now: Jar Pineapple Glass, £29.95, Harvey & Maud

peacock feather tree ornament

(Image credit: Future PLC/Dominic Blackmore)

Use Christmas decorations, gifts and pieces you already have to pull together decorative displays. Press your cake stand into service to hold party favours or chocolates, trimmed with decorations and tealights. This one, with ribbon and baubles in peacock shades, makes a wonderful centrepiece that guests will love. Place on a reflective surface to double up on the sparkle.

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Buy now: Peacock Feather Tree Ornament, £15.79, Etsy

Will you be giving your home a modern update this Christmas?


Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.