Simple Ways to Make Your Place Special for Christmas
Decorating your home for Christmas doesn't need to be an overwhelming task. With a few key pieces or focal areas you can quickly and easily transform your humble abode into a festive Christmas home.
There are so many options available for Christmas decorating that it is easy to become overwhelmed. Standing in the store blankly staring at the endless amounts of ornaments and decorations on display, or scrolling through the various online Christmas stores, it can be hard to narrow in on what you really want or need. You can very easily end up walking away with nothing, or the complete opposite - a whole heap of stuff that you don't need and won't use!
The biggest tip we can give you is to break it down and tackle one thing at a time. You don't need to be an interior designer to create a gorgeous Christmas home. To get you headed in the right direction we've gathered some beautiful, but simple inspiration and ideas for decorating your home.
Choose a Colour Palette
The first thing you should do is decide on a colour palette and/or theme. It could be traditional red and green, elegant gold and silver, contemporary blush pink or anything else that you decide. There are no rules about what you should or should not have as a Christmas colour palette. It could be that there was a beautiful piece that you simply have to have, and you make everything else work with that. Or perhaps you already have a lot of items that you want to use and are just going to re-invent them and add a few new pieces.
Once you have settled on your colours, this will make it much easier when planning your individual items. A colour palette doesn't mean you can only have strictly those colours, but ideally it should all compliment. For example, it's probably not a good idea to have predominantly red and green decorations and then add some blush pink birds, for example.
Greet Your Guests
Decorating your home for Christmas starts at the front door. Greet your guests, and brighten your mood as you arrive home from a tough day, with a beautiful festive wreath.
Add a unique and personal touch by adding a personalised plaque to your wreath.
A wreath doesn't necessarily have to mean an overdose of florals if that is not to your liking. This Elf Leg Wreath is full of festive fun and is so simple to make by using our quirky leg sets - which start from just £8.95!
Trinkets on the Table
The next place that can very easily be given a Christmas transformation is the table. Crisp white dinnerware forms a perfect base for many colour palette and themes. Add pops of colour with florals, crackers and bells.
Don't forget a beautiful centrepiece, and voila, you've got yourself a stunning Christmas table setting. Check out our Make and Create: Sugarplum Table Tray blog that we posted a few days ago as part of a previous collection - but don't let that stop you from getting crafty! You can make yours to fit whatever theme is right for your festive home.
Make Use of Every Space
So you've done the door and the table. Now how about those places that might not be so obvious? Side tables, banisters, mantles and windowsills are all ideal canvases for Christmas decorating. It can be as simple or as complex as you like.
Don't forget to look up. A gorgeous chandelier really completes your Christmas décor. And they don't have to be expensive either. We made this one from a metal hanger and a selection of red and silver baubles and tree decorations.
Incorporating the names of family members and loved ones in your Christmas decorating really makes it special.
Personalised stockings look gorgeous hanging from a mantle or shelf.
Place cards add a unique and personalised touch to the table setting...
...and personalised baubles are a precious keepsake to feature on your tree.
Presents as Decorations
If nothing else, perhaps the simplest Christmas decoration is beautifully wrapped presents. Taking the time and effort to add something a little bit special to your Christmas wrapping not only makes for a stunning and thoughtful gift, but also adds to your Christmas décor. Colour co-ordinated wrapping paper, ribbons in various colours and textures and touches of florals or little ornaments on each package can really make a visual impact.
Presents don't just have to be under the tree either. Consider using some presents on a table or shelf for an interesting display.
As you can see, there are lots of options and components to Christmas decorating. But if you stick to your colour palette and carefully approach things one at a time, you can very easily create a beautiful Christmas atmosphere in your home.