Whether you’re spending the holiday season with your whole family or just your nearest and dearest, setting up a cozy environment is a must. That’s why this year we’re gifting you the ultimate guide to Christmas décor ideas for your home. ‘Tis the season of giving after all! Read on as we break it down room by room, revealing yuletide style inspiration and Christmas home décor tips that are perfect for layering into your existing interior style.
Christmas Living Room Décor
Plush, rich textures and colors Christmas is well known to be a time of excess, indulgence and extravagance, so don’t be afraid to channel it through your décor. Plush textures like velvet and velour add an air of luxury, and rich jewel tones easily represent the opulent nature of the festive season. Velvet stools, marble-topped coffee tables and silk or brocade soft furnishings create an inviting ambience that’s perfect for cozying up in post-Christmas meal.
Gold, brassy and bronze shades Accent your jewel tones with metallics. Gold, brassy and bronze tones work well with rich color schemes as they complement and highlight the intensity of color. Metallics with golden undertones add warmth and elegance and can be the perfect way to finish off your living room décor. Pieces like curtain ties, lamps and decorative trays are on-trend and stylish, without being too obviously Christmas.
Soft furnishings Soft furnishings are an easy way to incorporate the holidays into your home interior style without having to spend too much or completely refurb your room. Swap out your usual cushion covers for a festive plaid print or drape a throw in the same color as your Christmas tree theme over your sofa for a low-maintenance way to get into the spirit of the holidays.
Candlelight Switch on the tree lights then add a relaxing glow with candlelight. Nothing says cozy like a gently lit space after all. For larger spaces like a living room, festive jar candles offer an intense light that’ll last through all your Christmas Day festivities. They will also fill the space with an unmistakably festive aroma, whether your favorite is cinnamon, gingerbread or something unique. Each fragrance has its own sleeve design, so you can match the look to your festive décor as an extra accessory.
Foliage If you’ve got a Christmas tree, you’ve already ticked the foliage box, but you can take it even further if you like. Trim off a few ends from your Christmas tree and pop along the top of your mantlepiece or shelves for a simple styling trick that brings your room décor together.
Copper and rose gold Red can be an overpowering color for some, so why not opt for rose gold instead? Subtle but undoubtedly on-trend, add in accessories and ornaments in this shade for a more muted festive look. The gold tone works well with copper accents in your room and looks Christmassy without being too overwhelming.
Minimalist décor While traditional Christmas styling - a bushy green tree and a red and gold color palette - looks cozy in a cottage or well-lived in home, a minimalist approach may be more suited for contemporary spaces like flats that feature modern décor. A white metal tree with geometric ornaments allows you to maintain the simplicity of your modern interior style. Pair with cushions in clean colors and festive wooden or metal decorations.
Christmas Kitchen Décor
Freshly baked goods A literal feast for the senses, edible kitchen décor definitely captures the spirit of Christmas. Cookies in your favorite festive shapes, mince pies and a classic gingerbread house are just a few showstoppers that are guaranteed to impress your guests. And the wafting scent of freshly baked goods makes your kitchen experience all the more sumptuous. Get ready to fend off hungry hands from ruining your display!
Seasonal textures Replace your bowl of fruit with winter textures like pinecones, cinnamon sticks, acorns and dried fruit. These rustic pieces give your kitchen an earthy and natural Christmas feel. Better yet, some of them can be collected from your garden or local park!
Line your shelves with pinecones When you’re out foraging for your pinecones, save a basketful to decorate your kitchen shelves with. Gather some glue and glitter, get your crafting hat on and DIY them into glitzy décor pieces that are perfect for the holiday season.
A temporary drinks bar Create a temporary bar or drinks station for the grown-ups to enjoy on Christmas Day. Whether you pull out an old trolley and wrap it in fairy lights and tinsel or place your bottles on a decorative tray on the coffee table, you can easily fashion a mini bar for post-meal merriment.
Silver and white Many people have white built-in appliances and fittings in their kitchen for a clean and modernist look. For 11 months of the year, that works perfectly. But once you start to incorporate Christmas décor into your home in December, those classic reds and greens can sometimes create too stark a contrast against a neutral kitchen. If you find that this is the case, silver Christmas décor can be an ideal solution. Silver tinsel, metallic ornaments and showing off your best silverware can help you create a glittering theme without losing any of the Christmas magic.
A mini tree A smaller Christmas tree can be a nice feature to add to your kitchen this year, especially if you have an open plan kitchen. Whether you go for a miniature one that sits on your countertop, or a standing floor tree, an extra tree means more space for ornaments! Match your ornaments with the existing items in your kitchen for a cohesive style.
Festive fabrics Layer in soft furnishings like festive tea towels, oven gloves and aprons to add the finishing touches to your Christmas kitchen. These are easy to work into your space and offer a practical purpose too.
Christmas Porch Décor
Lanterns Decorate the steps or space around your door with beautiful, rustic lanterns. For example, an outdoor candle lantern makes a statement accessory for a front porch or back garden, and is an ideal way to welcome loved ones into your home. Pop in a pillar candle for a classic look and feel or fill your lantern with leftover ornaments for a flameless Christmas style.
Wreath Get creative with your wreath. Whether you make your own or buy one, be sure to decorate it in colors that match the rest of your porch décor.
Outdoor Christmas trees You can never have enough Christmas trees! Pop a few mini trees around the entrance of your home to frame your door. If you have shrubs or hedges, you can even trim them into Christmas tree shapes. Or for a more minimalist look, place some twig lights in a galvanized metal bucket to create a simple but beautiful display.
Faux gifts Wrap empty boxes in wrapping paper and display neatly on your porch for a cute Christmas style. We like plain brown parcel paper for its sturdiness, and thick, colored ribbons that match other porch décor. Just don’t leave your actual presents inside!
Wrap your railings in tinsel or ribbon Complete your Christmas porch décor by loosely wrapping your railings, porch bannister, posts or columns in tinsel or ribbon. Intertwine with outdoor fairy lights or an ivy garland for extra impact.
Christmas Bedroom Décor
Dress your headboard Hang a garland of foliage along your headboard for a festive way to wake up in the mornings. There’s nothing like the fresh scent of nature to help you drift off to sleep. Be sure to take advantage of the foot of your bed, if you have a frame, and drape some there too.
Cozy cushion covers Swap out your regular cushion covers for Christmas-themed prints and colors. They really pop when placed against a plain or solid color bedspread.
Festive ornaments Dress your bedside table with festive trinkets. Little ornaments and accessories make great filler pieces for your room, and it’s these small touches that will truly elevate your Christmas home décor. When seeking out tealight holders for the festive season, think metallic or shiny porcelain.
You could even add a mini tree that you can decorate in a different style than your main one, giving each room a different feel. Choose overtly Christmassy colors and designs, or instead opt for a minimal look by adding white lights and décor.
Seasonal bedding If you really want to make a Christmas statement, dress your bed in seasonal bedding. From plaid prints to fairisle knit, there are plenty of festive options to choose from. Or spread a holiday throw over the foot of your bed to add to your current bedspread.
Lighting Set a cozy ambience in your room with string lighting and candles. Wind string lights around your curtain pole or around the frame of your door to gently illuminate your space. Add a PartyLite Escential JarTM Candle to complete your holiday theme. Available in a range of fragrances, and each made from beautifully colored wax to add a bright pop of color.
Christmas Fireplace Décor
Stockings A must for any fireplace, celebrate the season with Christmas stockings. Classic red and white stockings give off a traditional look, but that’s not to say you can’t opt for a more contemporary pattern or print to match the rest of your décor.
Garland Drape a garland across your mantlepiece for a fresh feel. Evergreens like ferns and laurel are great if you’re planning on keeping your display for a while as they’ll last and smell amazing for longer.
Layering items on your mantelpiece Layer in pinecones, ornaments, string lights and faux berries into your garland for a well put together look. These filler pieces help to create depth to your mantelpiece and are super easy to style. If your mantel has a mirror above it, the extra reflections will create a glittering feel to the room. For an added touch, place holly sprigs in clear candle holders for the festive season, then swap the sprigs out for fresh florals in spring.
Wreath Hang a wreath above your fireplace and fill it with ribbons and ornaments to complement your garland.
Fireplace lighting alternatives Empty fireplace? PartyLite pillar candles are the best way to add light and classic style to your mantlepiece. Their iconic shape can be styled to suit you. Mix with taper candles for a varied assembly of candlelight. And for an extra sensory experience, discover our Nature’s Light™ wooden wick candles with wicks that crackle just like real firewood when lit. Who needs a real log fire?
Colorful Christmas decorations Form a bright display with colorful décor. Add statement pieces in bold primary shades to your mantlepiece or hearth for a fun and playful take on the holiday season.
Lanterns Not just for outdoor use, smaller lanterns are great for your mantle top or hearth. Use with tealights in a tealight tree, or a jar candle, for a show stopping centerpiece to illuminate your room. Mix and match different lantern shapes and sizes for a stylish fireplace display.
Christmas Dining Table Décor
Festive fabrics Colorful Christmas tablecloths can instantly liven up your dining table. From embroidered edges to solid color cloths, there’s a tablecloth to suit your taste. We like to match our tablecloths to the color of our chairs for an easy pairing. Or if you don’t want to cover your entire table in a festive print, you can opt for a Christmas-themed table runner instead. This way, you can simply add it over the top of your existing table or cloth for a simple table décor style.
Peppermint candy cane colors Create the sweetest set up with a red and white candy cane color theme. These classic colors add a festive but also minimalist effect to your table. Select pieces like red beads, fake cranberries and red and white ribbon for your place setting. And of course, lay a candy cane on each of your guests’ plates for a sweet treat.
Candles We recommend taper candles for your dinner table as they help to create a stunning visual with their height. Available in a selection of colors to suit your style, our tapers are available without fragrance so they'll perfectly complement the dining experience. Of course, let’s not forget the benefits of scented candles: our Holiday Fragrance section has a varied selection for you to choose from – with a range that spans spicy woodland aromas to bold fruit notes and everything in between.
Centerpiece Create a focal point on your dining table with a festive centerpiece. Our Clearly Creative Hurricane is a versatile décor piece that you can style the way you want. Fill with textures and colors to match the rest of your dining table theme and make your own unique look. Pop in your favorite 3-Wick Jar Candle or fill the tealight tree with scented tealights to add an extra sensory experience.
Golden accents Spruce up your table with gold accents. From gold-rimmed crockery and cutlery to golden-toned napkin holders and place mats, these metallic touches immediately brighten up your space and add a touch of luxury. You can even spray paint pinecones gold for an affordable and crafty way to bring gold to your dinner table.
Hygge Christmas Décor Ideas
As the festive season is often a time for us to gather together, a cozy home is a must-have for most of us in December. You may already have applied the hygge coziness philosophy as part of your autumn décor efforts, but there’s nothing to say you can’t go even further with it for your Christmas décor (if there’s any time you can get away with going overboard, it’s December).
Authentic hygge treats Although food isn’t typically considered part of décor in general, it certainly is integral to the hygge effect as it stimulates our senses of taste and smell at once. With that in mind there’s nothing more comforting than a freshly-baked kanelsnegle (cinnamon roll) or a plateful of aebleskiver (pancake balls) sprinkled with sugar and served with fresh raspberry jam – or even something as simple as a warm bowl of oatmeal with a drizzle of honey. Strictly speaking, hygge is a Danish tradition, but the end goal is of course to feel as cozy as possible, so by all means bend the rules and mix up your treats if that works for you.
Natural and neutral wrapping paper Whether you’re wrapping up real gifts and placing them under the tree, or using faux gifts to achieve the same effect, consider the ‘less is more’ approach, which the Danish are experts at. Rather than using flamboyant, shiny wrapping paper, try taking things back to basics and use brown paper instead: it’s a timeless look, and you can inject some festive cheer with red or green ribboning. This minimalistic paper is often made from recycled materials, and eco-friendly wrapping paper is widespread nowadays, so you can spruce up your home décor for Christmas the sustainable way. Add some natural foliage into the scene, and your presents-pile couldn’t look more hygge.
A minimalistic tree If you have limited space, a big traditional Christmas tree might take up too much room. There’s a fine line between hygge coziness and outright overcrowding. A much smaller tree, or a tree-shaped design made from wood, could be perfect for your living room – and with festive decorations in the right color(s), it’ll be a roaring success.