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Deck the door, halls, mantelpiece and more! Whether you love traditional Christmas decorations or prefer contemporary style, these festive fixes will bring a touch of magic to every room

Set the scene

Mark the start of the season by hanging a festive wreath on your front door, whether you opt for something traditional, with festive foliage and bright red berries, or a contemporary light-up wire star wreath. Garlands of winter greenery, potted plants and hurricane lanterns will add to the festive effect. Not just for doors, wreaths and light-up decorations also look great on walls. Try hanging one above the mantelpiece or in a guest bedroom for an extra seasonal flourish.

Think beyond the tree

Why should the tree get all the festive fun? Decorate your mantelpiece with a Christmas bauble garland and evergreen foliage, entwining the two, to create an opulent look. Bring the outside in with a vase full of seasonal greenery and red berries. Line up adorable felt robins, nutcracker soldiers and snow-covered miniature Christmas trees to tap into childhood nostalgia and add light-up decorations for a warm and cosy glow. Reuse last year’s gift-wrapping ribbons to suspend vintage-inspired or novelty baubles to create a festive focal point.

Create atmosphere with home fragrance and candles

Fragrance is the quickest and easiest way to make your home feel festive. Christmas scents blend notes of mandarin, cinnamon, clove, frankincense and myrrh for a luxurious ambience. Place a reed diffuser in the hallway for a fragrant welcome and burn scented candles in the living room. Get guest-ready by stocking up on taper candles to display in burnished candlesticks on the mantelpiece or dining table.

Create a snug sanctuary

Give your soft furnishings a festive switch-up with cushions and throws in tactile textures and seasonal shades, from velvet cushions featuring embroidered robins to a faux-fur-trimmed tartan throw. Choose pieces in sophisticated colours, such as navy and steely grey, for a put-together look that will last beyond the festive season. Decorating for Christmas tends to focus on the living room, but there’s no reason you can’t add a luxe touch to bedrooms, too. Try a bedding set with a seasonal print, add a festive pillow and create a magical glow with fairy lights.

Words: Miranda Eason and Dulcie Emerson


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