12 inspirational Christmas decoration ideas

When decorating your property for Christmas, you may well be falling back on old habits. But a little inspiration is all it takes to shake up the routine and you’ll be surprised how much excitement a little novelty in your decorations can generate. So, to help you learn how to get inventive as you deck the halls, here are some of our favourite festive decor ideas.

1) Oh, Christmas tree!

With a little effort, you can present a Christmas tree that’s as cosily inviting as those styled by the professionals. Fluffing the branches individually makes the tree look livelier; add ribbons, flowers and garlands, as well as large baubles spaced evenly, for a tree that everyone will want to be sitting beside this Christmas.

2) Bring the outside inside

For true rustic Christmas charm, nothing beats a little greenery. Decorate with pine cones, branches, wreaths (try making your own if you have the time or inclination!) to bring natural beauty into your festive home.

3) Recycle old ornaments

They may have fallen off the tree or been replaced, but old baubles look charming strung together to form wall decorations or bundled together in a basket with ribbon.

4) Blue Christmas

Blue probably isn’t the first colour that comes to mind when you consider Christmas, but it brings a delightful glamour to your festive decor. Adding a little silver or white is the best way to make this look work.

5) Snow business

The likelihood of a white Christmas is as slim as ever, but you can recreate the ideal festive snowscape of your dreams indoors. Discover the charm of dotting pygmy trees and a little spray-on snow to make a beautiful table decoration.

6) Seeing red

It’s the colour of Father Christmas’ coat, Rudolph’s nose and the cranberry sauce – and it’ll also make your living room beautifully festive. Reinforce this Christmas mainstay with bunches of poinsettia, ribbons and silk drapes.

7) Let it glow

The season is about illumination, so dot candles or mood lamps about your home to give a warm glow that recalls Christmases gone by.

8) White and gold

This savvy and modern take on Christmas decor is irresistibly chic. Combine hand-made white ornaments with golden baubles.

9) Scandi darling

Why not extend the current obsession with all things Scandinavian to encompass the season of goodwill? Bare branches, long-stem candles and oversize wreaths make up this charming rustic festive look.

10) Flake it to make it

Remember those homemade paper snowflakes you made at school? Those still make great Christmas decorations affixed to walls or hanging from the ceiling by a string. Each one looks unique, you can save money on expensive baubles, and it’s a project the whole family can get involved in.

11) Putting on the glitz

Go for all-out sparkle with tinsel, and – why not? – a massive spangly disco ball. Perfect for that post-mulled wine shuffle…

12) Looks good on paper

Cheap, crafty and beautifully simple, some of the best Christmas decorations are made out of paper. Origami baubles, decoupage nativity scenes, lampshades, paper chains… If you can envisage it, you can craft it out of a sheet of A4.