For many decorating the home for Christmas and hanging beautiful baubles on the branches of a fresh fir to the cheery tunes of the obligatory Christmas Hits cd, or perhaps the beautiful harmonies of Carols from King’s, is what really marks the beginning of the festive season. There’s something delightfully nostalgic about unpacking the same old friends year after year, passed down through the generations, but it’s hard to resist wanting to update your scheme, too, especially when the shops are full of so many beautiful decorations, many of which are now hitting the sales.

So whether you’re looking for ideas to build on an established scheme or introduce a completely new look, here are some ideas to get you inspired…

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1. Classic Red

St Nick’s suit, the breast of our festive feathered friends, holly berries, not forgetting Rudolph’s nose… red really is the colour of Christmas. Decorate with berry-laden branches and accessories to complement and you will be guaranteed to inject yuletide charm


2. Pretty vintage

Alternatively, why not shift down the colour spectrum and embrace the shade of the moment, pink, in a romantic winter blush scheme. Combine vintage glass baubles and antiqued glass tealight holders with pretty pink throws and accessories to create a festive yet feminine feel. Trade in a traditional fir garland dotted with berries and bows for the soft green swags of eucalyptus mixed with with some dusky blowsy roses


3. All that glitters

Mad for metallics? Not only is decorating with gold, silver and copper tones bang on trend (so you’ll have no shortage of pieces to choose from) it will also guarantee plenty of festive splendour and sparkle. 


4. Rustic cottage Christmas

But of course Christmas bling isn’t for everybody, sometimes swags of trailing ivy foraged from the garden and the soft glow of candlelight are all you need to create a magical atmosphere on a quiet Christmas Eve, a scheme which perfectly complements this primitive-style English cottage. Wrap gifts in humble brown paper bound with rafia to complete the rustic look.


5. Woodland wonder

Evoke the feel of an enchanted Norwegian forest by teaming natural foliage with pine cones, stag and acorn decorations and of course the captivating scent of fresh pine fragranced candles. Add in fluffy winter hides to complete the look. Image: House of Fraser


6. Winter vacation

It’s not a colour usually associated with the festive season, but why not weave navy, along with plenty of plaid, into a festive scheme to give is a New England-edge? Christmas in the snowy Hamptons? Yes please…


7. Traditional Noel

For a timeless look which will delight year after year, deck the tree in tartan baubles and pine cones and hang traditional wreaths and garlands all bound by a classic Christmas palette of gold, red and green.


8. All is calm, all is…

…white: use it across baubles, garlands and team with silver accessories, natural foliage and the twinkle of fairylights to transform your home into a winter wonderland


9. Nostalgic Noel

Capture the spirit of Christmas past by decorating the tree in traditional tones, but mix in quirky vintage glass baubles, pheasant decorations and accessories. Introduce a little Victoriana with presents wrapped in Morris printed paper. Image: John Lewis