Try these easy ways to bring a touch of magic to every room, from decorating inspiration to quick festive fixes


Try these easy ways to bring a touch of magic to every room, from decorating inspiration to quick festive fixes

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Do decorations your way

First, find a look you love. Whether you’re a fan of glamorous metallic baubles, traditional cheery reds, cute characters or something Scandi-inspired, take a bit of time to picture how you’d like your home to look. Find some inspiration to get you started in our edit of Christmas tree decorating ideas.

When it comes to decorating the tree, make it a celebration in itself. Play your favourite festive tunes, make mulled wine, or get the family involved and hang homemade decorations or mini Secret Santa presents to be opened on Christmas Eve. Then put on a Christmas jumper or PJs and snuggle up to watch a festive film in your new seasonal surroundings.

Add instant ambience

Scent is a powerful mood-changer – and the quickest, easiest way to make your home feel festive. Burn fragrant candles in your kitchen or dining room to disguise meaty cooking smells, or use plenty of fresh flowers in your hallway or bathroom as a welcoming boost for guests (and yourself). Alternatively, get baking! Fill your home with the sweet smells of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, clementine and sugar – our favourite festive flavours.

Mulled wine is a fast – and delicious – way to fill your home with seasonal scent. Make your own with red wine, cinnamon and an orange spiked with cloves, or try the same infusions with apple cider.

Make Christmas cosy

While the chilly winter nights are now a distant memory, the festive season calls for snuggly homewares. Layer throws and cushions in a mix of soft, plush textures like velvet, chenille and faux fur. Stick to colours that complement each other – like shades of grey with cream – for a put-together look, or bring the sunshine inside with brighter hues.

Christmas decorating tends to focus on the living room, but there’s no reason you can’t branch out into your bedroom. Try a bedding set with a subtle seasonal print, then add a magical glow with string lights draped over a mirror or around a window. You’ll create a festive sanctuary where you can retreat from the season’s social whirl – or a welcoming space for guests.


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