How To Make Your Home Extra Christmassy
Believe it or not, it’s Christmas time already! The days are shorter, the weathers colder, and the classic tunes are on the radio. Christmas is just weeks away, and it isn’t too late to add some new decorations to your home for the holidays.
One of the best parts of Christmas is the cheery festive spirit that floats around your home. Around this time of year, everyone seems to be in joyful spirits and we here at the Rug Seller are no different!
To fully get the most out of the season, read our guide to discover simple ways to add a festive look to your home. With our help, you’ll have a Christmas like no other!
Make It Smell Nice With Scented Candles
There’s nothing better than the scents of cinnamon, pine, and berries to invoke the festive season in your home. Place individual candles in your windows or the in the centre of a table. You can even make large groupings for a more dramatic and cosy effect.
For some extra Christmas magic, use scented candles to make your entire home feel more seasonal. Scents like pine, cranberry, cinnamon and apple pie remind us of Christmas and can add a subtle, yet perfect touch.
Scattering candles throughout your home helps to bring a sense of cosiness alongside Christmas ambiance and nostalgia. Just the smell of mulled wine could send you back to a family Christmas party in your younger years!
Get Creative With Artifical Snow
Naturally, Christmas is the time of year that we’re supposed to see an abundance of snow, but this isn’t always the case. Even if it was, the snow is rather unlikely to fall on the interior of your house…that’s where artificial snow comes in!
While artificial snow isn’t an essential, it’ll inject a little bit of Christmas sparkle to wherever it is applied. Apply it liberally to banisters, windows and even your Christmas tree for a festive, Christmassy vibe that’s wholly independent of the real weather. Not to mention, this snow won’t melt!
Artificial snow is an excellent addition to your home, especially if you’ve got small children in your home. Be creative and decorate your front garden with a light dusting of the artificial snow for a little extra winter flair!
Light Up Your Home with Fairy Lights
One of the most popular types of Christmas decorations are Christmas lights, and for good reason. Christmas lights are a beautiful addition to any home exterior, but are arguably even more delightful when used inside!
Christmas lights bring some added twinkle and sparkle and will help to make your entire home look Christmassy. Whether they’re wrapped around the tree, the banister, or lining the windows, Christmas lights will bring a magical explosion of brightness wherever they’re used!
You can also use lights to decorate things like branches and large shrubs in an effort to make your garden extra merry and well lit. For a polished, more complete look, use hedge trimmers to make sure your shrubs are in tip-top shape before you start decorating them with lights!
Crack The Drinks Open & Be Merry
We know we said people are happy in the run-up to Christmas because of the Christmas spirit, well that’s not the only reason. Christmas is a time when you can drink whatever you like, guilt-free and not have to consider the consequences (which usually means buying new jeans in the New Year!).
Why not enjoy yourself and let loose with some alcohol! There are plenty of seasonal festive classics such as Eggnog or Baileys that can make for a tasty evening, so why not go crazy and stock up on alcohol? Just don’t let your dad stay near the whiskey for too long or you might be in for a drunken rendition of Fairytale Of New York!
If you’re not into alcoholic beverages, what better way to beat the cold weather than with hot drinks! Treat yourself to a festive hot drink like a hot chocolate or a peppermint mocha. Your warm beverage will put you in a cheerful mood while keeping you warm and cosy.
Decorate Your Door with a Festive Wreath
One of the most common forms of Christmas decorations is the classic wreath. The wreath is significant due to its circular shape. The shape represents eternity, for it has no beginning and no end. From a Christian religious perspective, it represents an unending circle of life. The colour of evergreen that is often used symbolizes growth and everlasting life.
Wreaths are usually placed on the front door of a home and are an excellent way to display your festivity as well as just being a nice decoration in itself. Since the front door is the first thing that friends, family or even carollers will encounter, it’s a vital opportunity to set the tone for the rest of their visit. Add a wreath to make your door stand out.
If you opt for an artificial wreath, you’ll be able to store it to be used year after year. A natural one, on the other hand, will provide that distinctly Christmassy aroma of pine and holly. Naturally, you won’t want to stop at just the front door – go on to decorate each of the other doors in your home, too!
Indulge Your Sweet Tooth
As well as filling your home with tinsel and Christmas lights, you’ll also want to provide touches that can be picked at and ingested. After all, tis’ the season to indulge your sweet tooth!
We all know that the go-to Christmas chocolates are Quality Streets, Celebrations, and Roses, as they are the best value. Leave bowls full of nibbles around the table for your friends and family to enjoy at their leisure – and make sure that your household plays host to a tub or two of chocolate treats on the day itself! Just make sure that your pets don’t get into the chocolates!
This doesn’t mean that you can’t include your pets in the festivities, however. If you want some tips on how to include them, give our guide a read by clicking here.
If you’re wanting something a little more decorative, Candy canes are one of the most commonly used sweets for home decoration. Candy canes can be placed on your Christmas tree, or even on wreaths and they can be perfect to add to wall décor!
Do It Yourself Christmas Decorations (DIY)
When it comes to Christmas cards, homemade ones are usually the best. The same thing stands when it comes to decorating your home! Whether it’s sticking a few candy canes around the house or going all out and making a Christmassy gingerbread house, DIY Christmas decorations will definitely bring a festive feel to your home.
Dress up your home for the holidays with DIY Christmas decorations. Not only are seasonal Christmas crafts a unique way to add holiday spirit to your home, but they’re just as easy as they are festive.
Now’s the time to let your creative instincts shine through as you watch your mantels, stairwells, and tables come to holiday life. From your entryway to your dining table, have a go at your own DIY projects and it a fun festive exercise for the family!
Touch Up With Tinsel
Tinsel is a classic Christmas decoration which is sure to get everyone in the mood for the festive season! It’s cheap and cheerful and can be used pretty much anywhere. Whether it’s wrapped around a Christmas tree, draped over fish tanks, windows, back of chairs or even wrapped around banisters, it will bring an extra spark of festive decor anywhere it’s placed!
The shiny decoration is a massive festive favourite and it comes in many colours. Once you’re done with the tinsel, you’ll be able to easily store it for next year – meaning that you won’t have to worry about buying it again!
Remember to make sure that your tinsel matches the colour scheme of the rest of your festive décor!
Hang Christmas Stockings Up
Get ready for Santa’s imminent arrival by hanging traditional stockings above the fire! The tradition behind stockings is thought to have originated from the tale based on Saint Nicholas. According to the story, Saint Nicholas placed gold coins in the stockings of three poor sisters.
After leaving their stockings to dry over the fireplace, Saint Nicholas threw three bags of gold coins down the chimney as he was aware of the families financial difficulties and this money landed in the sisters’ stockings!
Whether you buy or DIY, Christmas stockings are sure to make you smile. The best thing about stockings is that they’re a timless decoration so you can use them year after year. Embrace the Christmas spirit with Christmas stockings!
Sing Along to Christmas Tunes
Nothing tells you it’s Christmas time more than the incessant loop of Christmas songs that begin in late November. If you’re not the type of person to get sick of them, why not fill your home with festive music!? Due to the songs only being used at a certain time of year, they come packed with feelings of happiness and nostalgia and will definitely help to boost your festive spirits!
Whether you prefer the classics such as White Christmas and Silent Night or you prefer the jovial reality of songs such as Fairytale of New York, Christmas songs are a MUST! Nothing completes a proper festive home more than the epic sound of Christmas music.
Creating a festive playlist with a mixture of classic Christmas tunes as well as this year’s chart-toppers will get everyone in the mood! If you haven’t got the time to search for your favourite songs, there are festive CDs or plenty of pre-made playlists on Spotify!
Make Use of Colours
If you love a traditional, old-world Christmas, you probably don’t even think about a colour scheme for your Christmas decorations. You’ll gather together everything with sentimental value, and find just the right place for it!
For the modern festive period, however, colour schemes are extremely important as they can be half of what makes the holiday so magical. There are a number of ways you can determine or choose a colour scheme you want to follow with your Christmas decorations.
Red, Green, White, and Gold are all traditionally used as festive colour schemes and most decorations will be sold in those colours. This doesn’t however mean that other colours aren’t exempt from making your home festive Take a look at the Blue and Pink homes above for festive interior inspiration outside of the traditional Christmas colours
Light Your Fire
During the Christmas period, it’s inevitable that your home will become cold, and there’s no better way to keep it warm than lighting your fire. While this isn’t technically a decoration, a roaring fire is often associated with Christmas as they’re featured in most Christmas movies and even on some Christmas CD covers!
Make your fireplace the perfect welcoming place for Santa by hanging stockings, adding pine boughs to the mantel, lighting a fire (be sure to put it out on Christmas Eve!) and using larger holiday decorations around the fireplace.
Not only will a fire heat your home, but it will also make you feel cosier! There’s something very cosy and Christmassy about a roaring fire. If you don’t yet have a fireplace, or you’re thinking of investing in a fireplace this Christmas, discover our Fireplace Buying Guide here.
Keep Your Floors Warm with Rugs
Contrary to some peoples beliefs, you don’t always need to go overboard when putting up the Christmas decorations. While it’s nice to have everywhere covered in Christmas decorations, we’ve always thought that it is better to keep things simple.
With it getting colder, a rug is an excellent way to keep you warm and cosy aswell as bringing a dash of festive colouring into a room. Help to rid icy toes by placing rugs in well-traveled, bare-floored spots in the home. A rug is a brilliant decoration as it is one of the only decorations that you’ll be able to use throughout the rest of the year (if you get a coloured rug, not one wih a festive design/pattern)!
Bring both warmth and comfort to a home interior with some of our favourite Christmas inspired rugs. There is nothing like sinking your toes into a shaggy rug and, with our Extravagance and Polar collections, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
Display Your Christmas Cards
If you have a lot of friends and family, it’s likely that you’ll get a lot of Christmas cards. While it’s nice to get so many cards, it’s often hard to find a place to put them. Rather than putting them in a drawer out of the way, put them on full display!
Sticking your Christmas cards on the mantlepiece might be the classic way to display them, but there are so many other ways you can showcase them! Why not try making a mobile to dangle them from the ceiling?
You could even tape some string up above a windowsill and weave it down the stairway bannister while proceding to stick all of your Christmas cards onto them. You could even go as for as adding small, wooden pegs for the extra cutesy look! This would go nicely alongside some tinsel!
Family Photos at Christmas
Photos of your family are something we all cherish and like to have them on display all the time. There are lots of different ways you can display your pictures this Christmas. Opt for the larger sizes of pictures if you like the look for a bold, impactful effect.
You could even hang a few of them on a string with clothespins to have a free and simple ambiance or even mix them with prints of inspirational words or festive quotes! There are solutions available for any taste and personality!
A Showstopping Christmas Tree
Of course, Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a suitable tree sitting in the corner of the living room! If you just get one decoration this Christmas, make it a tree.
An artificial tree will do a serviceable job, but a natural one offers aroma and charm. If you’d like to expand the festive feeling, then try to decorate the tree with the whole family! Decorating the tree together is far more family-friendly than doing it all by yourself.
Decorating a house for Christmas might seem like a chore rather than something fun, especially if you’ve only just moved in. With the right decorations and a bit of festive cheer, it can be easy to fill a house with Christmassy vibes without breaking the bank and without expending an enormous amount of time and effort in the process!
If you like any of our ideas or even have some of our own that you think we should add, let us know in the comments below!
So, what are you waiting for? Get those Christmassy purchases in now, and you’ll be able to make your home festive without any trouble at all!
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