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How to Decorate Your Home for Christmas

Feature: Long Read
Words by Bilen Zeremariam

Ah, Christmas: a time for twinkly lights and glittering decorations. But how do you channel maximum festive spirit without compromising on style? Edgy and bold, pared back and elegant; regardless of the aesthetic you strive for this year, keep it consistent and confidence will win out.

Step 1: Get Inspired

First, define your decorative scheme, starting with two or three colours. Draw ideas from places, films and magazines; there’s so much more to festive styling than red, green and gold. Try frosty silvers, pearly whites and iridescent hues, or black with gold. Forest greens, soft browns and beige make for a contemporary Nordic look, while teal and gold offer a touch of glamour.

Step 2: Think Beyond the Tree

Deck the halls, the entrance, the bannister, the mantelpiece, the sofa… you get the picture. I like to focus on four key areas, then build the look from there.

  • Christmas Wreaths

    1.

    The Front Door

    1.

    The Front Door

    While most of your decorating will take place in the house, it’s just as important to consider your home’s exterior. Hint at the warmth and magic that awaits inside with a beautiful wreath on your front door. Just remember that it should reflect and complement your interior décor.

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    2.

    The Mantelpiece

    2.

    The Mantelpiece

    Second only to the tree itself, the mantel is a key focal point. Flickering candles and festive foliage immediately conjure a sense of winter magic, as does a dusting of artificial snow. You might also add a few baubles or ornaments from your tree.

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  • Dressing your banister for Christmas

    3.

    The Staircase

    3.

    The Staircase

    Take your décor to new heights – starting with the stairs. Decorate the last three or four steps with mini lanterns and ornaments. Hang baubles (always in the same colour scheme as your tree) on the bannister, or natural garlands made from foliage and dried flowers will give a modern twist.

  • Dressing your sofa for Christmas

    4.

    The Sofa

    4.

    The Sofa

    Your sofa is where you’ll be nibbling mince pies and rewatching Love Actually, so it’s important to make it feel warm, cosy and festive. Think sumptuous throws and plush cushions in colours that match your overall décor. If you have a coffee table, consider a centrepiece – a dried floral arrangement will last the entire season.

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IT'S IN THE DETAILS


"Luxury is in the finer details. Once you’ve decorated the main areas, tie the whole look together with a few finishing touches: think baubles dangling delicately from chandeliers, trinkets on bookcases and warming winter home fragrances."

Step 3: Lay the Table

Turn your table into a festive fairy tale this Christmas. If it's made of wood, marble or metal you can do this quite simply with a few props, like candles, pine cones and trinkets. Just consider height when selecting accessories, so that nothing is obstructing anyone’s view. Otherwise, choose table linen that reflects your overall colour scheme and add accent colours with glassware and crockery. Placemats will add texture and give your table a luxurious feel, while napkins can be styled any number of ways: try tying them with ribbon, wrapping them round cutlery, or placing them on a plate with a single flower or stem.

YOURS TRULY


"Bespoke elements will always make your table feel more special. This Christmas, why not try your hand at hand-written place cards? Or for something polished, turn to the Harrods Personalisation team."

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Santa’s Helpers

If you’d rather be munching mince pies than curating your mantel this Christmas, our Interior Styling team is on hand to help decorate your home. We have Home Styling & Table Collections at the ready, or we can work on something bespoke with you.

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