Christmas is coming and if you’re entertaining this year, you might feel like making an extra special effort with your festive decorating. Here are some great ideas for getting your home ready for the season, whatever your style:

 

#1 Wreaths

Choose traditional or a modern twist on the authentic Christmas wreath. Wreaths can come in all shapes and sizes, brightly colored geometric patterns, made from cork, silver paper strands or using succulents for a lush green table center piece with candles. They can be hung on the front door, over the mantel, in a window or as an attractive table center. Another cute idea is to make your own from gift bows attached to a loop of floral wire.

#1 Wreaths

 

#2 Snowflakes

Stylish snowflakes can add a contemporary look to your festive décor in any room. Hanging at different heights gives a layered visual effect, creates more of an impact and looks like falling snow. This winter wonderland will look amazing around your tree but if you’d prefer a minimalist style, create your own paper snowflakes for over the mantel or a cut-out snowflake wreath for the front door.

#2 Snowflakes

 

#3 Birds

Soften up your festive decorations with fluffy feathers. Using birds and feathers can create both a stylish and current look or a vintage feel if that’s what you’re aiming for. Introduce Robins, Owls, hanging feather ornaments and fill clear glass vases with white feathers for a look like the first fresh pure snow of winter.

#3 Birds

 

#4 Black And White

Christmas doesn’t have to be all about red, gold and silver. For super-sophisticated seasonal style, choose a black and white palette. It’s a crisp, dynamic look and you can add a splash of bright Santa red to really compliment the bold background. A white tree with black and white balls and splashes of gold also makes a big visual impact.

#4 Black And White

 

#5 Santa’s Grotto

Turn your entryway into a festive extravaganza if you’d prefer to keep main living areas minimally decorated. Make it as colorful as possible with stockings, ornaments, animated figures, glass balls and lights on plants and faux wrapped gifts to create the ultimate in seasonal cheer as your guests enter your abode.

#5 Santa’s Grotto

 

#6 Unique Tree Decorations

Instead of using the same old ornaments, why not try out some new ideas like fresh flowers, booze filled glass balls, metal ornaments, Christmas toys, candy canes, fake fruit or anything else you have lying round the house that could be creatively adapted to make a unique tree decoration. Hanging up crafts that the kids have made is another nice touch to personalize your tree.

#6 Unique Tree Decorations

 

#7 New Use For Ornaments

Christmas balls don’t just have to hung from the tree, try creating an arty hanging display from a light fitting or the ceiling. Arrange the balls to hang at different heights to get a layered effect and create a glittery focal point away from the tree. Fixed on a light overhanging the dinner table makes a lovely feature to add to the table decorations. Fill glass lanterns with spare ornaments topped with some festive greenery to add a touch of seasonal spirit to your porch.

#7 New Use For Ornaments

 

#8 Beautiful Blooms

If you’d like to try something other than balls to decorate your tree this Christmas or want a mix of ornaments and something else then head to your nearest craft store to look at their range of large silk flowers. Ideal flowers to look for include roses, hydrangea, gerber daisies and roses. Scatter around the branches or fix into a long garland with some well-placed ornaments for a romantic, unusual look.

#8 Beautiful Blooms

 

#9 Special Memories

Personalize your tree with special family moments from the past. Hang vacation photos, old black and white snaps, special life events and the kids in the family. Print the photos in sepia or black and white for a vintage look and even place the pics in mini gold gilded frames. Everyone will love looking at the different memories turned into ornaments.

#9 Special Memories

 

#10 Patriotic Tree

Why not deck out your home and tree with the colors of the American flag? Take your cue from the White House with a stunning evergreen bedecked in red, white and blue. Add on white or silver star ornaments, red ribbon and blue balls for a patriotic Christmas that will be the envy of your friends and family.

#10 Patriotic Tree