Christmas is the best time of the year to really go wild when it comes to temporary decorations around the home. If you want to turn your property into a sleek and elegant winter wonderland this Christmas, then here are some tips to get you started:
Whether you have your annual Christmas tree waiting to be put together in storage or like to buy a real tree for your home each year, where you choose to display your tree can make a big difference to your home.
Work out where your tree will look best and then measure the amount of space you have available. If you don’t have much room then consider getting a potted tree, as these will only grow to around 3 feet tall. Don’t put your tree near a radiator or fireplace, as this will only dry it out.
Decorating with lights is one of the best parts of Christmas. Some people decorate the outside of their homes with lights, and some people just decorate their tree using lights. But there is an in-between.
You can run simple fairy lights across a mantle piece or around a mirror or picture frame, and really light up your home, without making it look too gaudy. You can also scatter tea lights around your property, which will create a lovely Christmassy flickering effect.
A wreath is a very traditional decoration and can be handmade or purchased from a range of different shops. You can use almost anything when creating a wreath by hand, including branches, leaves, fruit and flowers.
The majority of people hang wreaths on their front door, but there is no reason not to use them indoors as well. They can look lovely hung above a fireplace or even at the top of your stairs. Anywhere you hang one will instantly give you a more Christmassy feel.
Receiving Christmas cards from friends and family around the world is so lovely, but it can be overwhelming when you end up with piles of cards on your kitchen table and no where to put them all.
If you run our of shelf space, then consider clipping them all to a piece of string or ribbon, and running them down your stair case or along the cornice in one of your family rooms. By doing this you should always have enough space for any Christmas cards you receive.
As the main place you will eat your Christmas meals, your dining table should be decorated in-line with your Christmassy theme. Choose a white a snowy tablecloth, then decorate as you see fit.
You could pop some pinecones in a line down the middle of your table, or maybe create a sparkly scene using glitter, candles and ribbons. There are lots of different things you can do with table decorations, and they will help you to feel Christmassy as soon as you walk in the room.
Of course the traditional colours that we associate with Christmas time are red and green, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Beautiful whites and silvers can work just as well when the weather gets cold.
Use fluffy whites throws and soft cream cushions in your sitting room, and choose sparkling white candles and streams of ribbons and beads to decorate different parts of your house. You will feel like you’re living in an elegant, snowy, glittering Christmassy haven.
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