Your best Christmas ever - 10 decorating ideas
We all look forward to the festive season and want to create a warm welcome for family and friends. We've put together some easy ideas that will add a little extra magic and sparkle to your home for Christmas.
Small details make all the difference and you don't need to spend a fortune when decorating. Begin by dressing the doorway and hall ready for your guests' arrival. Line the steps or path leading up your front door with beautiful glass hurricane lamps and add a string of outdoor fairy lights in a tree or around the door. This pretty Christmas scene will delight your guests as well as passers by.
First impressions count, so make the hallway a cosy and festive area, with a scented eucalyptus garland to dress the staircase. If you have room, a chair upholstered in gorgeous fabric or a faux fur footstool will create a cosy look.
Make the most of small spaces with a display of pretty decorations — in the hallway, under the stairs or in a corner of the living room. Choose individual decorations, or perhaps decorative letters to spell out 'Noel' and place on a console table that won't take up too much space.
Give your living room decorating scheme a new lease of life this Christmas, by moving away from traditional red and greens and instead opting for a more opulent and dramatic look.
If you're considering redecorating the room in time for the festive season, try dark botanical wallpaper in damson shades and update soft furnishings with upholstery in rich colours such as fuchsia pink and purple.
Set the scene
Line your front steps with church candles and glass lanterns to wow your guests as they arrive (and delight the rest of the street).
Photograph by Polly Wreford