The Front Garden
Begin with the outside of the house to achieve that Christmas feeling right from the get-go. Illuminate long driveways with lights and reindeer silhouettes for impressive effect. Hang wreaths from gates, weave garlands in-between fences and if you have little ones, decorate the lawn with a 'Santa stop here' sign.
Your porch greets your guests before you do and sets the tone for what's to follow. Accent buxus trees with red ribbons and replace your doormat with a festive design. Essential to every decorating itinerary, the wreath should complement your décor inside and mirror the shades of your tree.
For windows, steer away from sprayed-on snow and opt for something a little more elegant and contemporary. Cut out your own paper silhouettes and tack onto panes or create a glow indoors that will radiate outside with a contemporary candle arrangement on the sill. Remember when decorating windows not to limit their light; go for white translucent and subtle designs.
Hallways often don't offer a lot of room for decorating. Use your walls to display cards and baubles on a string, or hang an on-trend stag head and adorn with a Santa hat for the month of December.
Updating your bedroom for Christmas is easy. Just add two festive feature cushions to your current set up and a checkered throw to the foot of the bed. Rest copper wire fairy lights around the headboard for a grown up twinkle.
The Living Room
If you are going to pay décor attention to just one room in your home, let it be your living room. This is where yourself and your guests will spend most of your time over the holidays so you can afford to be a little extravagant with baubles and foliage. Layer up greenery, textiles, lights and ornaments to create a cosy atmosphere and plenty of warmth.
A central feature in most homes, stairs should be used to join your upper and lower levels in harmony. Carry garlands from dado rails in the hallway and up banisters, or dot the landing and foot of your stairs with presents and matching glass hurricane lamps to scatter a pretty glow.
A room we often neglect, the bathroom is often frequented by visitors so give it a Christmassy update to spread the joy throughout your home. Illuminate mirrors with a string of fairy lights, swap out your regular hand towels for a festive applique design and add a winter-scented soap to give your washroom a wonderful touch your guests won't be expecting.
As one of the places you'll be spending most of the day, the kitchen should bring cheer to your food preparations. A few baubles on the window sill and some mini-trees is all you need to make turkey cooking joyous.
If you're short on floorspace, focus on above and use your ceiling for decorations. Craft your own mini presents out of newspaper and ribbon and create a Christmassy mobile that will look wonderful hung over your table, and hang paper pom poms and garlands into corners of any room to tie it in with the rest of the house.
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