If you love decorating your home for Christmas but feel that traditional themes have grown stale or you’re bored of your current festive decor, make this year the year to mix things up and try something new.
First, consider your home’s aesthetic – do you prefer modern, Scandi, colourful or maximalist? Let this guide your Christmas decorating and help you find the perfect theme this year. Here is the inspiration you need for fresh ideas you’ll love.
All things green
Decorating with fresh greenery is a striking way to bring a touch of festive style to minimalist and modern decor, without overwhelming your home. Pare back the decorations and let the beauty of a real Christmas tree speak for itself, with the simplicity of string lights and bead garlands to make it shine. Add fresh branches to your mantle or coffee table and wreaths in your kitchen. Pine needles can be used as a table runner, wrapped with fairy lights for a sparkling holiday look.
Living in warmer climates and pining for a white Christmas? There’s no rule that says you can’t bring a snowy aesthetic to your home! Be inspired by glistening frost and shimmering snow – think tones of white, silver, champagne and even ice blue. Purchase a flocked Christmas tree (or DIY with snow spray) or go all out with a white tree, and decorate it with snowflakes and wooden ornaments with a fluffy white tree skirt to wrap the base. A basket of logs is a beautiful way to bring the feel of a roaring fire, without the heat.
If you love a more full-on look, try loading your Christmas tree with lots of texture. Add velvet ribbons, crystal beads, and decorations in a whole range of materials and styles to create a more-is-more look. Tie the look together by picking ornaments from the same colour family. Carry this through to your Christmas table and layer it with a variety of opulent crockery, napery, crackers, decorative ribbons and candles. Keep the theme going throughout your house with sumptuous decorations in your kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms.
All that glitters
There’s nothing more luxe than going all out with metallics and watching them sparkle as they are lit by fairy lights. Whether you choose gold, silver, copper or rose gold on their own, or opt for a mix of all the different shades of bling, there is plenty of scope to decorate your whole house. Make it shine with vases of shiny baubles placed as a table centrepiece, hang a shiny wreath on your front door and use gold or silver beads as garlands for your mantlepiece.
If you’re not afraid of an eclectic look, purchase ornaments that remind you of favourite places and experiences and then start a tradition of collecting ornaments when you travel. It might take a few years for this to truly come into your own, but before long, bringing out the ornaments to decorate your tree will bring back all the warm nostalgic fuzzies. Embrace this style by including photos of beloved people, pets and memories from past Christmasses to fill your house with things that make you happy. You can even purchase custom photo or initial ornaments for your Christmas tree, letting it tell a story of your life and family.
Merry and bright
Don’t think Christmas decorating has to involve red and green. If you love bright pops of colour and your home is filled with bright pieces, embrace this style with your Christmas decor as well. Think about buying a large box of shiny baubles in rainbow colours to fill your tree with joy, and then several special ornaments in bright colours to add interest. A colourful felt banner with a favourite Christmas phrase and a scattering of rainbow acrylic or paper trees on your mantle can complete this look. Sprinkle more baubles around your home, add a colourful wreath to your door and shop for all the colourful decor you can find. You’ll wake up each day of the festive season with a smile.
Is your house decorated in the Scandi style, with lots of light colours and pale wood? Bring this look to your Christmas tree as well with whites, silvers, ice blues and lots of charming wooden decorations. Look for mini houses, snowflakes, stars, Christmas trees, reindeer and more. Wooden ornaments with cut-outs look particularly stunning with fairy lights shining through them. Decorate with LED-lit Christmas villages, reindeer and bare branches. Keep it simple and paired back and you’ll have a stunning Scandi-themed festive look that will fit the rest of your home perfectly.
The best advice for your Christmas decorating? Make it all about you! Your home, your style, and what makes you happy. After all, the festive season is all about those warm fuzzies and gratitude for what fulfils you and brings you joy.