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Tips for decorating the home with your family this Christmas

Top tips for decorating at Christmas

Have you put up your Christmas tree yet?

Many have already started decorating and making the most of getting into the holiday spirit and creating a festive atmosphere in the home.

If you're struggling for inspiration don't worry, we've got you covered!

Here are some top tips for decorating for Christmas...

Plan and set a theme

Before you start, decide on a theme or colour scheme that you want to follow as this will help create a cohesive and visually appealing look. Common themes include traditional, rustic, modern, or even a specific colour combination like red and gold.

Use lights

String lights are an absolute-must! Use them on your tree, around windows, along staircases, and even in outdoor displays. LED lights are energy-efficient and come in various colours and styles.

Decorate the tree

When dressing your tree, start with the lights, then add ornaments, garlands, and tree toppers. Mix and match ornaments of different sizes, shapes, and colours to create a visually interesting tree.

Add greenery

Incorporate natural greenery like wreaths, garlands, and potted plants to bring a touch of the outdoors inside. You can decorate these with ornaments, baubles and ribbons.

Hang stockings

Now is the perfect time to display stockings on the wall or staircase. Personalise them for each family member, and consider adding small gifts or treats inside.

Decorate the mantel

The mantel is a great focal point for Christmas décor. Add a garland, candles, and seasonal figurines or ornaments to create a cosy and festive display.

Use candles

Candles create a warm and inviting atmosphere and you can use them in candleholders or as part of your table centrepiece. Make sure to practice fire safety when using candles.

DIY decorations

Get creative and make your own Christmas decorations including ornaments, wreaths, or centrepieces. This adds a personal touch to your décor and is lots of fun for all the family.

Incorporate textiles

Use holiday-themed textiles like tablecloths, throw pillows, and blankets to infuse your home with festive colours and patterns.

Display a nativity scene

A nativity scene is a meaningful religious symbol and can be displayed in a prominent place to remind everyone of the religious representation.

Bring festivities outdoors

Don't forget to decorate the exterior of your home as well as the interior. Hang lights, place a wreath on the front door, and add outdoor decorations like inflatables or light-up figures.

Keep it cosy

Create a relaxed and ambient atmosphere with plush blankets, holiday-scented candles, and a warm fire in the fireplace if you have one. This is ideal for those cold winter nights where you want to snuggle up at home.

Play music

Listen to all of your favourite festive tunes while you decorate. Whether your favourite is 'Fairytale of New York' or 'All I Want for Christmas' there are plenty to choose from to get you in the mood.

Get the whole family involved

Decorating can be a fun activity for all the family to enjoy (even your teenagers may crack a smile!). Get everyone involved in the process, from decorating the tree to making DIY ornaments.

Be mindful of safety

When using lights and candles, be cautious about fire safety. Inspect your lights for damage, use flameless candles, and turn off decorations when you're not at home or when you go to bed.

Remember, Christmas decorating is a personal expression of the holiday spirit, so feel free to get creative and make your home a warm and welcoming place for family and friends during this special time of year.