1. Add real foliage to your artificial tree
There are many advantages to having an artificial tree as your centrepiece, but many of us still prefer a real tree for its smell and the energy that living foliage brings to the home. Combining cuttings from real evergreen bushes, ferns or ivy with your artificial tree will transform its appearance and give you the best of both options.
It’s also a great idea to add extra foliage to a real tree just before Christmas if the tree is starting to look a little droopy and dry. Adding real foliage to the tree on Christmas Eve will guarantee you wake up to the wonderful smell of Christmas in the morning.
2. Use shelving to create a modern spin on a Christmas tree
If space in your home is limited, or you’re tempted to try something new this year, arrange narrow shelves in a triangle shape and decorate them with baubles and ornaments for a modern spin on the traditional tree. String fairy lights across the shelves for extra sparkle and don’t forget to leave space underneath for the presents! When Christmas is over you can dress the shelves throughout the year to suit each season.
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3. Add fresh flowers to your Christmas tree
Elevate your tree and steal the top tree trend this year by adding fresh flowers between the other decorations, just before the big day. Choose ‘robust’ flowers that will last a few days such as poinsettias or lilies and keep them fresh by wrapping the ends of the stalks in dampened cotton wool and cling film.
4. Use baubles to create festive features around your home
To bring a touch of Christmas to every corner, buy a bumper pack of baubles and fill large bowls, vases and lanterns to create festive features around your home. Stick to one colour palette for a cohesive look and add in a few interesting shapes and textures. Neatly add battery string lights for that extra sparkle, keeping the battery pack easy to access but hidden under ornaments
5. Create a Scandi look with hanging branches
Create an instant, Scandi-inspired Christmas interior by suspending small branches complete with hanging wreaths and decorations. You can hang lightweight branches using garden wire attached to well-secured picture hooks. Spray them with matt white paint or use spray-frosting to make ‘wintery’ effect twigs, or glue silver glitter to the ends of the twigs for a twinkly effect.
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6. Display baubles on branches in glass vases
Decorate foliage branches with baubles and display them in glass vases to extend the effect of the Christmas tree. If you have a real tree positioned in the corner of a room, you can cut the branches from the back of this without impacting the appearance of the tree. Wire the baubles to the branches to keep them in place.
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7. Welcome guests with a fabulously festive entrance
Create a festive entrance to excite friends and family as soon as they enter the house. Fill your hall table with mini-trees, potted ivy, candles, foliage and plates of Christmas ornaments to create an opulent atmosphere and a warm welcome.
8. Decorate your staircase
A simple way to decorate the staircase is to tie a garland around the handrail, adding in fairy lights, ready for the family to make the descent downstairs on Christmas morning. Personalise the garland with your choice of decorations to suit your theme, adding in ribbons, real foliage and unbreakable ornaments. The banister is a good place to hang the Christmas stockings if you don’t have a mantelpiece.
9. Give your bedrooms the Christmas treatment
Every room should receive the Christmas treatment, including your bedrooms. Wake up on Christmas morning to an illuminated, sparkly garland suspended above the bed to produce a flattering, glittering light to open the stockings. If you’ve recently updated your decorations for the tree, use your old decorations to decorate the bedroom garland to maintain the nostalgia of previous years.
10. Display festive hanging baskets around your front door
Hanging baskets aren't just for the summer months! Fill them with winter plants and Christmas decorations to welcome guests and set the scene for what’s to come inside. Use outdoor, battery operated fairy lights to add a festive glow to the front door. Suspend them a little lower than usual so visiting children can enjoy them too.
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