How to get your home ready in time for Christmas

Don’t deny it — you want an Instagrammable home for Christmas — and I do, too. This time of year proves to be the perfect opportunity to show off your perfectly decorated home to all of your followers, and create the ultimate Christmassy feed that will look aesthetically pleasing on your profile at the same time. But for those with a home that’s just not up to scratch this Christmas, I’ve been speaking to Oldrids & Downtown, provider of bedroom furniture, to give you a guide on how you can change your interior design and make it more magical for the festive season!

The living room

This is arguably the most important room in the home when it comes to Christmas time as it’s where you’ll spend the majority of your time. In here, you will be propping up your Christmas tree and flooding your sofa with seasonal cushions and throws. But there are some top tips and tricks you need to know to make your home more visually pleasing for the festive season. 

Walls

If you decide that you want to pull out all the stops this Christmas and repaint your walls for December, I recommend that you go with a matte colour, such as a sage green or a traditional royal blue, that will make all of your furniture pop out from the walls. 

A pre-lit wreath with baubles can make your living room look extra special and you can be adventurous with its placement. If you want to make it a focal point, either hang it independently above your fireplace or let it stand on your mantelpiece and lean it against the wall.

Threads

Check curtains are bound to make your living room look like more like a showroom and incredibly Instagrammable. Stick with a subtle colour — nothing too bold, as this could take the attention away from other aspects of the room you’ve decorated for the jolly season.

Everybody loves cushions and blankets on the sofa, especially over the winter months! For a really festive feel, go for  cushions that have some festive features, such as snowflakes or reindeers. When it comes to colour, try and stay within the colour scheme of your room — match with either your walls or your curtains and you’ll be more than happy to spend the season at home. 

Christmas tree

Everyone loves a Christmas tree! Putting up the Christmas tree is always an event in itself — the family comes together, you eat nice food and you put on festive tunes. In my house, I tend to decorate the majority of the tree and my husband finishes it off with our Santa Claus tree topper.

When it comes to picking a tree, artificial trees tend to be the easiest. You want to avoid as much mess as possible around this period because if you don’t, everything becomes more challenging and this is something you don’t want to encounter during the holidays. If you have a pet – particularly a cat or a dog – artificial trees are best as you want to avoid your pet ingesting sharp needles. 

Whether you go for a green, white or black Christmas tree, there are a few methods you can take to make your tree unlike any other. Once you’ve pieced together your tree and it’s ready to decorate, remember to hang the LED twinkle lights first — spread them out evenly so that your tree can sparkle in all directions.

If you’re looking to make your tree unique, a Christmas tree garland can make the perfect addition. However, deciding on the type can be a challenge — if you want to keep up with Xmas tree trends, you could go with a string-like garland that includes sleigh bells or even pom-poms that look like snowballs. Another trend that is picking up and would make a killer Insta-pic is letters that hang around the tree spelling out a festive phrase such as “Merry Christmas!” or “Ho! Ho! Ho!”.

When it comes to baubles, go big or go home. Use a mixture of gigantic and tiny baubles to make your tree stand out to any visitor. You can play around with colours, I’ve seen an influx of rose gold decorations this year, but personally I like the traditional look: lots of red, gold, green and wooden features with a hint of glitter!

To top things off, place fake parcels under your tree to give your room that ‘Santa’s Grotto’ sensation. If you have little ones, it might be a nice idea to have a children’s train track loop around the tree to make things extra special.

Christmas dinner

The day we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived and whilst opening presents is most important, Christmas dinner is not far behind! From table covers to dinner sets, everything must be perfect. When it comes to the dining room, you need to make sure that everything is in the right position and that your table design is not lacking in creativity. First, position candles at opposite sides of the table and make sure that they’re in a symmetrical position (but for the love of God make sure your tipsy sister doesn’t almost set the house on fire – true story!).

Secondly, position your tableware for each person in the right area — don’t make things too tight, people want to stretch freely after stuffing their faces without the fear of nudging someone by accident. It’s important to leave room in the centre of the table for sauces and gravy boats to reduce the amount of running backwards and forwards to the kitchen! There are plenty of festive dining sets available and if you want to go all out, then match them to the rest of your decor. For a special touch, this year I am making my own Christmas crackers and filling them with special treats for my family – it’s an easy way to get crafty for the season. 

According to psychology experts, those who deck the halls with decorations earlier tend to be happier than those who don’t. Since Christmas is almost here, there’s no reason for you to not start preparing! I have found a HUGE guide to decorating your home for Christmas by Festive Lights, it has lots of DIY guides that I’m sure you’ll find helpful. If you want to know how to save money on Christmas, take a look at my money-saving tips. Have fun!

  • Ffion

    I will be pulling out all the stops this Christmas! I’m so excited to get started for Christmas, baking, decorating and listening to Christmas music, at the moment I’ve got a tree but no decorations.

    Ffi | The Essence of Red