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Traditional Christmas Decorating Ideas

This Christmas, why not ditch brightly coloured baubles and tinsel and opt for a rustic approach to your decorating scheme instead?

Traditional Christmas decorating schemes have timeless appeal, so your style and look will last for several years if you don't have the time or cash to update your Decorations every year.

Rustic Christmas living room with hessian stockings
Make your fireplace the focal point by decking the mantel in festive foliage, and complete the look with a hessian stocking at each end. Replace the traditional overmantel mirror with a chalkboard panel where the family can write festive messages.

When it comes to the tree, select a real fir and embellish it with natural pine cones and woodland decorations to complete your living room’s rustic look.


Opt for minimalist decor
Display kitchenalia in a quiet corner and bring in the Christmas spirit. Even the humblest of items can be given a special Christmas touch. These wooden chopping boards are stored hanging for hooks so they're easy to find and put away - but add a few shiny decorations, such as this bunch of glittery acorns and a sparkly bauble, to catch the light and you have instant Christmas in the kitchen.


Make an entrance
Use evergreen shrubs and a classic door wreath to give the entrance to your home a festive makeover. A pair of urns and two standard shrubs forms a symmetrical frame around the front door, making this property feel extra special at Christmas. A porch is the perfect place for storing walking boots and firewood, adding an extra rustic edge.

Festive mantelpiece with 'Noel' letter art
Make your fireplace or wood-burning stove the focal point this holiday season with a Christmas arrangement. Spell out a festive greeting using decorative wooden letters and Christmas decorations, like this 'Noel' arrangement that uses a mini garland for the letter 'O'. Drape greenery lavishly on the mantel with extra foliage and berry sprigs tucked in and around the mirror for a finishing touch.

Old gold Christmas dining room with shimmering candles
Cast a Christmas glow over your dining room with a shimmering old gold and cream colour scheme. If you have a neutral room to begin with, it's an easy look to put together. Start with the dining table as your focal point, and dress it with gilt-trimmed china and glassware, old gold baubles, candle votives and luxe crackers.

Make the mantelpiece sparkle with a grand overmantel mirror, strung with sparkling fairy lights that will shimmer in the reflection.

Sparkling white Christmas living room with metallic accents
Give a neutral room a glam festive update for the party season. Starting with your sofa, add extra glitz with a couple of sequinned and embellished cushions to perk up your seats. For the tree, co-ordinate winter-white and gold decorations with matt metallics and beaded baubles. Instead of the usual festive greenery, opt for a snow-frosted tree, golden laurel wreath and dusty-pink faux hydrangeas for a floral arrangement.

Rustic grey Christmas hallway with natural foliage decorations
Create a warm and welcoming Christmas hallway to greet your guests. If glitz and glam isn't your style, take a paired-back approach with this understated look using neutral tones, rustic finishes and natural greenery.

Make your own rustic wreath to decorate the door, using fresh foliage, pinecones and a few woodland decorations tied in. Dress up a console table to give the space a focal point, with a festive arrangement of mini wooden houses, tin decorations and wintery branches, finished with a pile of brown paper-wrapped presents underneath.


Farmhouse-style country kitchen
This spacious farmhouse-style kitchen includes all the ingredients of a classic country scheme - an Aga, natural stone flooring and a built-in wooden chopping block. Christmas-tree bunting, fairy lights and sprigs of holly create a country Christmas feel, while the fat candle surrounded by pinecones and other natural decorations would make the perfect centrepiece for the Christmas dining table.


Advent calendar-themed hallway
The joy of Christmas is as much about the anticipation as the celebration itself. This is an original and craft twist on the traditional advent calendar. Little rust-effect buckets have been suspended from striped ribbon, which is looped through the stair balustrades. Each pail has been numbered to count down the days before Christmas and can be filled with little treats like chocolates and sweets.



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