1. Use special wrapping
Coordinate your gift wrapping to complement the colour scheme in your living room. Use the same techniques for your ornaments for a cohesive whole.
2. Spruce Up a Garland with Plaid Ribbons
A simple harvest garland adorned with plaid ribbons gets this contemporary living room ready for a stylish holiday season.
3. Use a Planter as a Stand
“More is more,” says Matthew Bees, decorator behind this eclectic room. “The holidays are meant to be extravagant! Instead of a tree skirt, try a vintage fishbowl or planter. It heightens the tree and gives you more room for Santa’s surprises,” he adds.
4. Classic Always Scores
It doesn’t get more timeless than a Fraser fir trimmed with an angel topper, red ribbon, and classic ornaments.
5. Make a Creative Advent Calendar
Turn a kitchen garland into a advent calendar. Attach a ribbon across it and then hang little tin containers labeled with the day of the month and fill them with treats. Now that’s our kind of giving tree.
6. String Up Bells
Banisters can be tricky to decorate. For a light, airy, and cheerful look, try stringing red and white paper bells together with fishing line.
7. Layer, Layer, Layer
Decorate using objects of different heights. Start by hanging oversized snowflakes, and building up the table with tall candlesticks. For the mantel, hang a garland made with olive branches.
8. Add a Surprising Colour
Choose an accent colour that will modernise the traditional Christmas decor without clashing. I am loving the pops of sky blue in this living room decked out for the holidays by Matthew Bees.
9. Think Large-Scale
Have giant windows? Think how amazing they’ll look with a garland draped over them.
10. Deck Out Your Kitchen
We’re dying over these adorable mini wreaths. Add a pink bow for an unexpected, playful touch.
11. Swap Out Your TableclothDrape a plaid blanket over a white table to add color and creativity with basically zero work involved.
12. Decorate the Bar
If you’re entertaining this holiday season, don’t forget to the prep bar. Aside from stocking it with the necessary beverage ingredients, add some greenery and a festive candlestick holder.
13. Greens on Greens
Layer pine, spruce, and juniper for a fuller garland. Birch twigs, winterberry, and silvery pinecones add sparkle.
14. Stock the Bar
Bar carts are the one design element that still need to be functional, so make sure all of your merry-making essentials fit. Accessorize with greenery and a festive candlestick holder.
15. Get Lit Bar
Instead of a garland, dress up a mantel with a mix of candlesticks — tall, small, mercury glass, crystal. Instead of ivory candles, opt for red, cranberry, and shades of green.
16. Fake Your Fireplace
Instead of putting candles in your lanterns, fill them with string lights. It’s a great idea to make a non-working fireplace feel cosy.
And you can set this scene in five minutes flat.
17. Try On Some Tassels
Hang red and green tassels on your doors, desk, and chest of drawers. They’re a finishing touch that’s totally budget-friendly.
18. Bring The Sparkle
It’s Christmas, so literally anything and everything can be Christmas tree shaped. Turn paper cones into glittered trees and cut stars into them. Place a tea light inside and it’ll function like a lantern.
19. Float On
These festive vases take mere minutes. Simply fill various jars with water—stop just a few inches below the brim—and add American and Michigan holly. Purchase floating candles for an added glow.
20. Hang Up Your Candy Canes
Keep treats on display (and out of kids’ and pets’ reach) by hanging them along the top of a window. Hooked on matching ribbon, the peppermints look extra sweet.