Try these easy ways to bring a touch of magic to every room, from decorating inspiration to quick festive fixes
First, find a look you love. Whether you’re a fan of glamorous metallic baubles, traditional cheery reds or something simple and 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.
Scent is a powerful mood-changer – and the quickest, easiest way to make your home feel festive. Choose rich notes of spice or citrus – try zingy mandarin, clove and cinnamon. Burn scented candles in your kitchen or dining room to disguise cooking smells, or use a reed diffuser in your hallway or bathroom as a welcoming boost for guests (and yourself).
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 cheat with our ready-to-heat version. (We won’t tell if you don’t.)
On chilly winter nights, you want to come home to somewhere warm and snug. Have throws and cushions at the ready 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.
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 snug sanctuary where you can retreat from the season’s social whirl but still feel festive – or a welcoming space for guests.