1. Add real foliage to your artificial tree
There are many practical advantages to having an artificial tree as your festive centrepiece, but nothing quite matches the authentic scent and energy that a real tree brings to the home. Try combining cuttings from real evergreen bushes, ferns or ivy with your artificial tree to transform its appearance and give you the best of both worlds.
If you’ve chosen to go for a real tree this Christmas, it can also be a great idea to add extra foliage to it just before Christmas, especially if it’s 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 the season in the morning.
2. Create a modern spin on a Christmas tree
If space in your home is limited, or you’re tempted to try something more minimalist this year, try arranging some narrow shelves in a triangle shape and decorating 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 even dress the shelves throughout the year to suit each season.
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3. Add fresh flowers to your Christmas tree
Make your tree look extra special this year by adding fresh flowers along with your other decorations. 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
Decorate your home this Christmas with gleaming baubles. To bring a touch of Christmas to every corner, extend your baubles further than just the tree; buy a bumper pack and fill large bowls, vases and lanterns with them 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 to give your decorations that extra sparkle, keeping the battery pack easy to access but hidden under ornaments.
5. Create a Scandi look with hanging branches
Create a Scandi-inspired Christmas interior by suspending small branches from walls and windows, 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, use spray-frosting to give twigs a winter effect and glue silver glitter to the ends for an additional twinkly impact.
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6. Display baubles on branches in glass vases
Decorate foliage branches with baubles and display them in glass vases to bring the effect of the Christmas tree to different parts of your home. If you have a real tree positioned in the corner of a room, cut branches from the back of it without impacting the appearance of the tree. Wire the baubles to the branches to keep them in place.
7. Welcome guests with a fabulously festive entrance
Create a festive entrance to excite friends and family as soon as they enter the house. Top your hall table with mini-trees, potted ivy, candles, foliage and Christmas ornaments to create an opulent atmosphere and a warm winter 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 also a good place to hang your family’s Christmas stockings if you don’t have a mantelpiece.
9. Give your bedrooms the Christmas treatment
Festivity doesn’t have to be restricted to the living room. Every room in your house can get the Christmas treatment, including your bedrooms. Wake up on Christmas morning to an illuminated, sparkly garland suspended above the bed and open your stockings underneath the glittering lights. If you’ve recently upgraded your decorations for the tree, use your old ones 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 your indoor festivities. 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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Want more inspiration for decorating your home at Christmas? Read our tips on how to perfectly dress your Christmas tree this year.
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