How to decorate your home for Christmas
Decorate by bringing the outdoors indoors
There is nothing better than the smell of fresh pine during the Christmas period. However, buying a real tree to decorate every year may not be on your agenda.
So instead why not invest in a lovely wreath or a real garland for across the fireplace.
And if that doesn’t float your boat, then add a few scented sachets to your Christmas tree. Or even a few candles dotted around the room to build a fragrance that will constantly remind you of the joy of Christmases past.
Stick to a colour theme
Like any interior design theme, working with a colour palette always gives continuity. And continuity gives a sense of calm tranquillity. Which of course is something we all desire at what can be a fairly chaotic time of year.
Maybe look at the colours that already work in your room. Will you position your tree in the main sitting area? How is it currently decorated? If it’s in hues of creams and golds putting silver and purple on your tree may just look a little out of place. Over time it will surely drive you nuts, or make you think that you’d drunk one too many sherry’s when the decorating commenced.
So when you decorate your tree see it as an extension of the existing theme.
Use lighting to decorate and bring ambience to any room
We all know that light brings joy. By adding a few pieces of interest with light will bring warmth and depth to any room.
Even if you don’t want to invest in a Christmas Tree, you could fill some old jars with an array of small lights and dot them around a room. This will instantly lift the mood to one that is inviting and Christmas spirited.
Whether you are a master wrapper…
or a shoddy stuffer, there is nothing more attractive than a beautifully wrapped gift.
Of course if everything matches then you are in a win-win situation, and top of the pole when it comes to producing something that is vaguely Instagram worthly.
But what if you don’t find it that easy, and quite frankly you don’t want to spend a fortune on something that will be ripped to sheds and chucked in the bin five minutes after opening.
Well, then why not invest in a rather large roll of brown paper, some lovely string, a few sprigs of holly, dried fruit and some gold tags. Which you could even make yourself with a few pieces of card, a pair of scissors, a hole punch and some ribbon.
And then, of course, there is the table display to decorate…
Dressing your Christmas table should be fun because you get to showcase your creative skills at long last.
Let’s face it we all want our guests to take a sharp intake of breath because they are utterly overwhelmed and amazed at the effort that we have gone to ensure their Christmas lunch will be one to remember. And not just because the turkey was cooked to perfection.
I mean isn’t that why our social media platforms are adorned with photographs Christmas Eve showcasing every household Christmas table.
Well, one thing is for sure when it comes to decorating a table, less is more. I mean nobody wants to be chewing a piece of tinsel that got misplaced amongst the sprouts.
So as with the rest of your home, keep your theme the same colour, and maybe just add a few items such as a display candle, some sprigs of holly, and some handmade place settings.
Start a Christmas Tradition…
There is nothing better than building a Christmas Tradition, whether that’s choosing a new bauble for the tree every year, or adding small personalised gifts to the Christmas table.
This doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Maybe it’s a packet of your guest’s favourite childhood sweets, wrapped in a small box, or a special charm for a bracelet that was acquired when they were young. These little things go a long way in building memories for the future.
They are traditions that can be passed through the family tree as time goes on.
Or it could be a secret Santa that you do every year with your friends when you meet for your annual Christmas jumper party.
However you decorate your home, may it be a joyful and peaceful time of year that gives many blessings and memories to treasure for years to come
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