If ever there were a time of year that our homes are most enjoyed it has to be at Christmas time. With cosy fires, twinkling lights, luxurious textures and an array of gorgeous decorations, it’s no wonder our homes feel so snug and inviting at this time of year. And while Christmas decorating is very much dictated by family traditions and personal preferences, every year I discover so many special touches and decorative ideas to add to my home. To make things extra festive for your gathering family and friends this year, here are some of my favourite decorative ideas.
Decorate guest bedrooms
A few simple touches will go a long way to creating a homely feel for visitors at Christmas, and particularly when you have family and friends staying with you for a few nights. Dressing their rooms up with some extra fur throws, snug blankets, a few seasonal decorations and maybe a simple winter cushion is a nice way to create extra warmth and a festive touch for their stay. Including something decorative like a wreath or garland, or even some fresh festive greenery hanging on a door handle with a luxurious ribbon in a festive colour is a lovely touch.
Over the Christmas season bathrooms are one of the most frequently visited rooms in the house, so it’s nice to decorate these spaces, no matter how small they may be. I love to have a really nice quality hand towel, a seasonally spiced soap and some greenery in the downstairs toilet. And if you’re having guests for the night consider adding extra touches like nicely bottled water and glasses by their bedside, as well as including some nice toiletries for them in the bathroom.
In many homes the stairs is a prominent feature that can be a real talking point when decorated lavishly. I loving using as much fresh greenery as I can find and layering it with some fairy lights, a few baubles and decorations and some pretty ribbon too. It’s such an inexpensive and effective way to create a really dramatic impact.
Festive First Impressions
Setting a fantastically festive tone from the get go is paramount. As such, the front door and the overall entrance to your home is a fairly critical space when it comes to décor. I love to create a unique homemade wreath. It can also be lovely to frame your door with greenery garlands and twinkling lights. An assortment of large lanterns with candles lighting will equally create an enchanting entrance for visitors.
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The Main Event
On Christmas day, the highlight for many of us is a beautiful Christmas feast. And to my mind, the backdrop for one of the most enjoyable gatherings of the season has to be something a little spectacular. Again, all the green wonders of your garden can go a very long way to dressing the table up with very little expense. I recently styled a shoot for a project we were doing in work around Christmas styling. It featured simple gold cutlery and grey plates with lots of greenery, hydrangeas, thistles, acorn, pomegranates and velvet ribbon as the centrepiece – simple but so effective.
Image Credit: Louise Rankin, Kingston Lafferty Design
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