1. LAYER THE LIVING ROOM WITH DECORATIONS AND BLANKETS
This is the time for hot chocolate, curling up in blankets, and reading a book by the fire. To enjoy the chilly season and to make your celebrations fun, cozy up your Christmas living room decor, and layer your space with throws, cushions, and all things warm and tranquil.
2. CHOOSE FLOWERS AND FOLIAGE THAT WILL LAST SEASONS
Another important point for the Christmas checklist is foliage. ‘I believe that every good floral arrangement starts with the perfect vase or vessel,' says the luxury floral designer, Ronny Colbie . 'Choose a vase that suits your home's chosen Christmas colors and theme. Having the same theme run throughout your home and onto the table will add a tasteful touch for your family and guests.'
3. BRING IN VIVID CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATIONS
If color is your thing, don't be afraid to embrace it. Whether it's decorating your tree with brightly hued baubles or dressing your mantelpiece with vivid-hued pampas grass, be bold and release your inner Christmas artist. Get ready for some Christmas crafts by DIY-ing string lights on your tree.
4. PACK YOUR TREE WITH PERSONALITY
'The main rule for Christmas decorating is to have fun with it,' says Connor Prestwood, interior designer at Dowsing & Reynolds. 'Use your decorations as a tool to express yourself and to create a feeling of warmth and comfort during the Christmas period; ultimately it’s about what themes and ideas make you happy. Don’t follow trends or traditions just because you feel like you have to.'
5. INDULGE IN MERRY MANTELSCAPING
We talk a lot about foliage when it comes to Christmas stair decor ideas, but it can be used to full effect here, too. 'The popular mantelscaping trend offers a great excuse to get experimental with Christmas decorating,' says Abi. 'Fasten evergreen foliage to the mantel from which you can hang decorations and baubles. Stagger the hanging heights and mix matte and shiny finishes to craft a considered yet eclectic festive look. '
6. SPRINKLE UNIQUE BAUBLES AROUND THE ROOM
Baubles aren’t just limited to Christmas trees and are a simple way to add more festive touches in the house. These would make for great Christmas door decor as well!
7. BLING OUT YOUR BAR CART
A vintage-inspired cart is a perfect place to store your favorite beverages and some Christmas nibbles; plus a lovely home bar idea. But what should you stock on it for visual appeal? 'Retro coupe glasses and stemless glasses are ideal to serve not only drinks but also their accompaniments, with their gold rims adding extra sparkle to your Christmas decor,' says Nadia.
8. DRESS UP YOUR STORAGE NOOKS
Festive decoration ideas shouldn't be solely restricted to the tree; try giving your Christmas bedroom decor or living room decor a leg up by dressing up the shelves and cabinets for a curated and cozy scene. Focus on the style spots you’ve already established. Adding Christmas table decorations, paper stars and festive faux foliage amongst your books, vases, plants and personal treasures helps to set the tone for the magic of the season.
9. GO TRADITIONAL WITH A MAXIMALIST TWIST
'There is something oh-so-comforting about a classic red and green color palette and traditional Christmas styling,' says Nadia.
10. CHANNEL A CALIFORNIA COOL VIBE
Pair a beautiful white and gold Christmas tree for a California cool trend. Design and renovation expert Laura Butler-Madden likes to use soft pastels in her Christmas color palette.
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