We love Christmas as it is the perfect time of year to get creative with styling for your home. From the addition of twinkling lights, to festive decorations, elegant tableware, perfectly trimmed trees to fun festive touches. Get in the holiday spirit and check out how you can add some Christmas sparkle with our festive style tips for home brought to you in association with the M&S Ireland Christmas Shop, ideal for all your seasonal goodies.
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Indoor Festive Style Tips for Home
Before you get started with decorating your home for Christmas, decide on a colour scheme to tie in your festive decorations and give your home an elegant look. Whether you opt for traditional reds, greens and golds or choose silvers, greys and purples, having a colour scheme makes the job of decorating for Christmas much easier.
Deck The Halls
Deck the halls and make an impact in your entrance hall easily by adding lights or greenery to mirrors and picture frames in your chosen colour scheme.
In addition, you could add a festive runner and welcome mat. And if your hall is large enough, a Christmas tree, festive plants or a flower arrangement can be the perfect addition.
Stair rails can be decorated with seasonal garlands and lights. In our house, this is my Dad’s job and he spends hours perfecting the garlands and lights on the stairs!
A diffuser can be placed in your entrance hall to welcome visitors with the smells of Christmas as soon at they walk through the front door.
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Trimming The Tree
For me, the day we put up the Christmas tree signifies the beginning of the festive season. We all get involved with the trimming of the tree and there is great excitement when we turn the lights on for the first time.
My Mum and I have a tradition of buying each other a new Christmas decoration each year for our trees. I love adding all the different decorations and baubles we have gathered over the years and the memories each one holds.
At this stage, I love to gather all the presents together, wrap them and place them underneath the tree. It adds to the magic of Christmas.
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Liven Up Your Living Room
Mirrors or paintings that may sit above, can be given a festive makeover using lights or greenery or you could remove them and hang a beautiful Christmas wreath above your mantlepiece.
Sofas and chairs can be transformed using seasonal cushions and throws.
A quality faux Christmas tree will finish off the look and give the room a focal point (without the mess). I have learned to hang treasured decorations up high, as when my girls were younger they loved taking them off the tree to play with!
Spread Festive Cheer in Your Kitchen
The kitchen is usually the heart of the home, with family and friends congregating for food, drinks & chats. Don’t forget this social space when styling your home for Christmas.
Ideas to get your festive style working in your kitchen could include:
- Showcasing your seasonal crockery on shelves and dressers
- Add festive fairy lights to hooks and shelves
- Add a garland above windows or around dressers/shelves
- Use candles and other festive lights to make the space cosy and welcoming
- Display baked goods and sweet treats in seasonal tins or mason jars
- Replace oven mitts, towels and aprons with festive patterned options
- Use a card holder to showcase Christmas cards
- Add a poinsettia or seasonal floral display to your work surface
- Use spices like cinnamon, star anise and cloves when cooking to fill the kitchen with the scents of Christmas
- Add a festive bow to each cupboard door to match your colour scheme
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Top Festive Table Tips
Have your table looking amazing with a runner and table cloth to match your festive colour scheme.
Add candles, beaded place settings, seasonal napkins, chair covers, a holiday themed centre piece and other decorative items to finish the look.
For Christmas Day dinner get the children to make name cards for everyone and include a sprig of holly on each place setting. Bring food to the table on seasonal platters.
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Festive Bedroom Essentials
Getting the children to decorate their bedroom can be a lovely way to let their individual style shine through. Use festive bed linen, cushions, rugs, a miniature tree, festive pj’s & lights to create a seasonal look that will be the envy of all their friends.
My girls always love to get new Christmas PJ’s and they add seasonal bed linen come December 1st (or earlier if they can!). They add lights around the window and bed and it is the only time of year when I don’t have to keep on at them to keep their bedrooms tidy!
The M&S Christmas shop has everything you will need to achieve your own festive look.
Outdoor Festive Style Tips for Home
Lights are the perfect way to showcase your home this holiday season with festive style. Outdoor lights can be added to any trees or shrubs or hung along the eaves of your home.
Add a Christmas wreath to the front door to finish off your festive style makeover and welcome visitors.
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Have you any festive style tips for home for Christmas to share with us? Please share them in the comments box below.