More is more!

More is more!

Christmas is the one time of year when you can go to town with your décor and create the ultimate 'Wow Factor.'

When it comes to Christmas décor - more is more! First impressions really do count so when people arrive at your Christmas soiree, they need to be instantly impressed.

The first thing your guests will notice about your house is the outside décor. Provide outside decorations that will entice your guests on arrival. Big impacts can be created through twinkling lights wrapped around trees and plants. This can work particularly well if you can create a runway up to your house by lighting up the driveway or the pathway leading to the front door. If you're having a Christmas party; then why not create a Hollywood feel by adding a red carpet? Alternatively, add an ivory carpet runner to create a Winter Wonderland scene.

Choose your Christmas colour scheme wisely so that it compliments the interior of your home. Otherwise, it doesn't matter how much expense or effort you put into the decorations, if the colours don't compliment your interior, they will look cheap and unattractive. Your decorations should be a fabulous, high level extension of your current interior.

Your Christmas decorations should reflect your style and taste. Don't follow the latest trends, choose timeless pieces that you are instantly drawn to and that can be used again year after year. It's the same with colour; choose colours that bring you joy. You don't need to choose traditional Christmas colours for your decorations. I don't like reds and greens so my decorations are vibrant pinks and blues! If you want a glitz and glamour then silver and gold decorations will work perfectly.

Quirky and unusual decorations are always a good topic of conversation. These make your décor unique and memorable. I have Christmas trees full of pink flamingos and glittering feathered birds pinned around various pieces of furniture as these reflect my style.

The front door is the first giveaway to what awaits your guests inside your home. Try to use similar decorations externally to what you have internally to act as a sneaky peek.

Then comes the entrance hall. If you've got a big hallway then go 'all out' by putting a Christmas tree up to create a big impact. Stash beautifully wrapped Christmas presents in the same colour scheme, underneath the tree to create a scene out of a Christmas story book. To add an even bigger impact; wrap fairy lights, holly or tinsel round your staircase to recreate a luxury boutique hotel feel.

If you have free wall space; then you could hang antlers and drape them in fairy lights to create an alpine lodge scene. Or perhaps simply decorate a mantelpiece and the window ledges with stockings; or a favourite Christmas quote made up of vintage lettering.

Festive cushions can replace your everyday cushions for the festive season. This will instantly change the look and feel of your regular interior. Similarly, Christmas scented candles can replace regular candles for the ultimate whimsical Christmas atmosphere. Nothing shouts Christmas more than Christmas scents and candle light.

Finally, to keep tradition you can hang a piece of mistletoe from a chandelier or over your front door. Who gets a Christmas kiss is up to you…………

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