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Delightful decorating ideas guaranteed to give you a festive feeling inside and out

Come home to Christmas

Give yourself (and your guests) a warm welcome every time you come in with a front door that feels gloriously festive. It’s easy to forget the outside of your home when you’re decorating for Christmas, but all it takes to change your doorstep from unremarkable to inviting is a few simple touches.

A lush green wreath always looks good (add garlands for extra festive cheer), or go modern with a metallic version, which will stand out to striking effect against a dark-coloured door. Continue the green theme and give your home a grand entrance with a pair of standard trees – use red ribbon to tie a bow around each trunk for a seasonal spin.

This easy idea () is a twist on traditional lanterns – simply fill each one with a generous handful of baubles in your favourite colour. Add outdoor string lights for a magical feel, after dark.


Feel the magic

What better way to bring that magical Christmas feeling into your home than with a flurry of fairy lights?

If you’re entertaining, go all-out for festive atmosphere and create an eye-catching tableau of drinks and nibbles where guests can help themselves. Display delicate fairy lights on a glass cake stand or in a vase, and choose glassware and candle holders with metallic accents that catch the light. Top it all off with jewelled baubles – scatter them across the table or group them in a large bowl as a striking centrepiece.

Transform your hallway into a show-stopping space by hanging strings of lights from the banisters, intertwining them with leafy garlands and baubles or using them to adorn pictures and favourite objects.


Have more festive fun

Kids’ excitement over Christmas knows no bounds, so make it extra special for them. Get them involved in choosing and hanging their favourite tree decorations – or why not let them decorate their own mini tree? Just add some Christmas tunes and mugs of hot chocolate for a full-on festive pyjama party.

We spend so much of our lives in the bedroom, so it seems a shame to leave it out when it comes to Christmas decorating. Seasonal bed linen is a sure-fire way to add instant cheer – children will love a cute character print, or give your guest room a subtle seasonal twist with tones of red, white and grey or a Nordic pattern. Complete the look with a few finishing touches, from string lights or sweet snow globes to a festive flower arrangement. Put an advent calendar by the kids’ beds so they can enjoy the countdown to Christmas every morning when they wake up.


Home editor: Jo Caulkett