Whether you love traditional Christmas decorations or prefer to do things a bit differently, these easy festive fixes will bring a touch of magic to every room
On chilly winter nights, you want your home to be warm and snug. Have throws and cushions at the ready in a mix of soft, plush textures such as a velvet robin embroidered cushion or festive fleece throw. Stick to colours that complement each other for a put-together look.
When decorating for Christmas, we tend 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, add some festive cushions, hang a light-up wreath on the wall and create a magical glow with fairy lights, tealight holders or lanterns. You’ll create a snug sanctuary where you can retreat but still feel festive or a welcoming space for guests.
First, find an ornament style you love. Whether you’re a fan of traditional nutcracker figurines, novelty baubles or glamorous metallic decorations, take time to visualise how you’d like your home to look and get inspired by our edit of Christmas tree decorating ideas.
Then, think beyond the tree. Give a mantelpiece or shelf festive flair with novelty characters, reindeer, snow globes, tealights and foliage. Keep to the same colour scheme you used for the tree to tie the elements together.
Scent is a powerful mood-changer, and the quickest and easiest way to make your home feel festive. ‘Decorate’ with notes that evoke Christmastime such as mandarin, clove, cinnamon, pine, nutmeg and vanilla. Burn scented candles in the living room or dining room, and use a reed diffuser in your hallway or bathroom as a welcoming scent for guests (and yourself).
Making mulled wine is a fast – and delicious – way to fill your home with seasonal scent. Simply add a cinnamon stick and an orange spiked with cloves to a pan of simmering red wine. Or evoke a warm festive scent with our clementine gin candles and spiced rum candles.)