How to decorate your home for Christmas: 10 Tips

  1. If you don’t have room for a Christmas tree in your home, fear not. There are plenty of other spots that can be a focus for decoration. A chimney piece looks wonderfully festive with a garland of greenery on it. Evergreen branches and leaves threaded down the middle of a table, with candles nestled in between, looks terrific and is easy to do. You can buy greenery from a local florist but even in the midst of winter it’s easy enough to find while you’re out and about.
  2. Marianna Kennedy candlesticks look great on a Christmas table with coloured candles; black untapered ones look particularly chic. White candles are a total no-go unless it is an emergency.
  3. Adding edible treats to your garlands is fun to do; think walnuts, sweets and strings of threaded popcorn (a tradition pinched from the US).
  4. Another idea, if you’re a bit tight on space, is to put your Christmas tree in the garden where it can be seen from the house, fully dressed with lights and decorations – like the tree in Trafalgar Square. Not as bonkers as it sounds.
  5. When buying mistletoe, go for at least three bunches, tied together with a large red satin ribbon, a scrawny bunch just doesn’t send out the right message.
  6. A Christmas wreath on the front door is a jolly sight to welcome guests. If you are feeling particularly creative then making your own is fun. Otherwise get yours from John Carter.
  7. Hang stockings from the mantlepiece to keep excitement levels at a peak as the big day approaches. Traditionalists can transfer them to bedrooms at the crucial point.
  8. If you do have space for a tree in your home then the best one is a Norwegian Spruce for its Christmassy scent.
  9. If you live in London, a great company to get your tree from is The Christmas Forest who, through their partnership with Tree Aid have over the last ten years planted an incredible 205,206 trees in the dry lands of Africa after donating one tree for every Christmas tree sold. You can find their stores here.
  10. Flowers, growing in pots inside, are also wonderful at this time of year when the days are short and the garden’s looking a bit bleak – choose ones with a fragrance. A large jasmine or gardenia will hit you with that heady scent every time you walk through the front door. Paperwhites smell delicious too and it’s always encouraging that something so pale and delicate is flowering at this time of year.

SHOP: see below for some irresistible Christmas decorations and handblown Murano glasses that might be a bit too nice to leave out for Father Christmas’ sherry…