It seems every year that the festive period starts earlier and earlier, and while many of us do our best to avoid giving in too early (scrooges in the making!), the time has come to embrace all things Christmas.

We’ve spoken to the interior experts at Auburn Hill to find out how to transform the rooms in your home for the Christmas period.

Hallways

An entrance hall is the first part of your home people will see when they enter your property, so you need to make sure you have some festive decorations on display to set the tone for the rest of your home.

A garland around the staircase is the perfect way to make a statement and decorate your hallway in seasonal décor. Many shops stock pre-made garlands, but for a truly unique piece you can create your own. Start with a piece of faux foliage, twist a pack of battery operated fairy lights around the length of the branch, then add in baubles, berries and other festive decorations. You can either loop it through the bannisters or attach the side of your staircase.

If you don’t want to add a garland, then you could simply add fairy lights up the length of your staircase or attach baubles in between the bannisters.

You could also remove any mirrors or artwork you have and replace them with a Christmas themed prints. Messages such as ‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year’ and ‘tis the season to be jolly’ make wonderful decorations and add to the festive spirit.

Living Room

The pièce de résistance; the Christmas tree! The living room is where the true showcase of Christmas decorations takes place. Whether you opt for a real tree or a fake one, the trick to creating a great Christmas tree is to decide on a theme – and stick to it! Gold and cream, white and silver, brightly coloured baubles or a collection of traditional ornaments; whatever you desire, find your theme and go to town!

If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace in your home, then you’ll be able to make a wonderful Christmassy feature out of it. Drape a garland over the top and hang off your Christmas stockings ready for Santa to fill with presents! Candles piled up along the base of the fireplace will add warmth and cosiness to your display.

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Kitchen

While your kitchen is likely to be filled with delicious festive smells throughout December, it’s still nice to give this room a bit of Christmas TLC and include it in the seasonal décor.

If your kitchen is large enough, then a small Christmas tree will add some festive charm to this room. If space is in short supply, then make use of cupboard handles and hang a few Christmassy decorations from them; snowflakes, stars, reindeer are just a few ideas.

Stacking Christmas dinner wares such as plates, mugs and glasses on shelves which are on display is a great way to keep those items accessible, and add a subtle hint of Christmas to the kitchen.

Bedroom

The bedroom is one room many of us forget to include when we’re on our festive decorating spree. The easiest way to add some festive spirit is with a Christmas bedding set. If you don’t want to have Santa splashed across your duvet, then choose subtle festive prints; Fairisle, red tartan and snowflakes are a subtler way to do Christmas in the bedroom.

Drape fair lights above your bed, and stock up on cinnamon, berry and mandarin scented candles to make your bedroom smell of the seasonal period. Don’t forget to hang a stocking at the end of your bed either!

Outside

Here’s where things can tend to get a little tacky – but they really don’t need to go down the garish, flashing lights route. If you don’t want to adorn your house with lights or have an illuminated Santa Claus complete with Reindeer on your lawn, then a couple of small plants with fairy lights wrapped round them can look festively sophisticated. A door wreath is also a must; make your own when you do your garland or buy a readymade one if you’re feeling lazy.

If you don’t want to dress the front of your house, then adding some Christmas lights to the fence in the back garden can light up this space and give you something nice to look out onto. If you have an orangery or conservatory then you could add some fairy lights to the exterior, or even attach them to the edges of the room inside

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