Tips and tricks: how to have a stylish Christmas

“Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling”, American novelist Edna Ferber wisely surmised, and there’s no better way to embrace the festive mood than through home décor.

 

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Dressing up your property towards the end of the year is an annual excuse to pull out all of the stops, celebrate the joy of the season – and perhaps indulge in a little friendly competition with the neighbours. From bold bunting to handsome wreaths, here’s how to conjure up a winter wonderland with Christmas decoration at home.

 

Create a delightful display

Ensure your home exudes seasonal warmth inside and out by stringing a chain of lights around your windows. Arrange a selection of small trees and ornaments on your windowsills for a warm and inviting effect.

 

Revamp the tree

Christmas decoration at home simply isn’t complete without the centrepiece: a pine tree. Streamline the trimming process by plumping for multipurpose decorations; combined tinsel and light sets fill out your display with ease and are effortlessly elegant.

Likewise, a handful of statement baubles is more chic than a scattering of smaller ornaments. Create a sophisticated and minimalist effect by contrasting two classic colours, such as red and gold.

 

Don’t forget the table

Gathering around for Christmas dinner is one of the most memorable moments of the season, so ensure the table looks the part. A bold runner makes an immediate statement and can be colour coordinated with your crockery, glassware and cutlery.

There’s no need to be constrained by a traditional theme or tonal palette, however. “Christmas is the time of year to take risks”, says the founder of Designer’s Guild, Tricia Guild. Break the mould with pastels for a fresh and contemporary finish, or embrace simplicity by going completely monochrome.

 

Spice up your staircase

Let the Christmas theme envelop your entire home by decorating your stairs. Thread tinsel or lights around your banister, or use it as a base for hanging small decorations. If your staircase widens at the bottom, turn it into a feature by clustering candles, lanterns and ornaments for a cosy aesthetic. A natural-looking ivy garland adds just the right amount of wintry whimsy.

 

Don’t be afraid to DIY

The ultimate seasonal ornaments are those that hold the most memories. Showcase your creative side by crafting your own Christmas decorations at home. To begin, why not weave together your very own wreath, either from faux flowers or foliage from the garden? Alternatively, create your own bunting by cutting old greetings cards into festive shapes and stringing them together. It’s just the thing for bringing a rustic, DIY touch to your stylish Christmas home decoration.

 

For more home décor ideas, tips and inspiration, or for information on how our team can assist you with selling your property whatever the time of year, browse our website at Engel & Völkers.

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