10 traditional Christmas decorating ideas

Deck the halls (and every other room in the house) with our tips and tricks for a traditional Christmas decorating scheme

TODO alt text

You just can’t beat a traditional Christmas, despite our enthusiasm for kitsch decorations, alternatives to Christmas trees, and contemporary baubles. The smell of a real pine Christmas tree, handmade decorations strewn up everywhere, chestnuts roasting on an open fire and all that... Get this cosy, festive look yourself with our guide to creating the perfect traditional Christmas. 

1. Hang up plenty of stockings

Obviously. The more homemade looking the better. And if during all that mulled wine drinking and mince pie eating, you can’t find the time to make your own, these beautiful felt wool stockings from Jan Constantine will definitely do the trick. 

Wool felt stocking hung above a fire place

(Image: © Jan Constantine)

2. Decorate the banister

Ah, just look at that regal banister. Whether fake or real, foraged or shop-bought, an evergreen-laden banister has an incredible amount of merry-making, festive power. And don’t just stop at the greenery, you can add even more festive feels with ribbons, lights and baubles. 

Decorated banister

(Image: © Wyevale Garden Centres)

3. Go for the classic combo

Red and green. You just can’t go wrong. Trusty Marks & Spencer have got this look covered with their offerings this year. Our favourites are the mini knitted Christmas jumpers and these adorable Nutcracker baubles

Red and green tree by Marks and Spencer

(Image: © Marks and Spencer)

4. Add some glamour with metallics

Red and green may be the quintessentially traditional Christmas colours but why not go rogue with a metallic colour scheme this year? We think this sparkling silver tree, decorated with warm lights and glistening decorations from The White Company is still very in keeping with a more traditional style. 

Silver Christmas tree by The White Company

(Image: © The White Company )

5. Get creative with DIY decs

It’s such a lovely idea isn’t it? Spending a frosty Sunday afternoon all crowded around the kitchen table cutting out paper snowflakes. You could of course just cheat and buy them from Ginger Ray. Then try combining your paper decs with a mix of wooden and metal stars, like the ones from NOTHS, for a very festive, three dimensional gallery wall

White paper Christmas decorations

(Image: © Ginger Ray)

6. Adorn your mantelpiece

Bringing a bit of the outside in at Christmas always makes a home feel extra cosy (plus it's a super cheap way to decorate). There’s something very traditional about foraging around your garden (and the neighbours' hedges) to find bits of holly and ivy to string along the mantelpiece. And if you can’t recreate this look from actual bits of nature, fake it with an artificial garland. 

Decorated mantlepiece

(Image: © Period Living )

7. Go a little bit kitsch 

We reckon there is something undeniably traditional about the kitschy decorations that are very in this Christmas. They remind us of the homemade Christmas decorations we used to bring home from school – wobbly dough Santas covered in glitter and drunken looking angels sprouting feathers. While these lovely glass baubles from The Contemporary Home are a bit less… rustic than our offerings they still bring out the nostalgia. 

Retro decorations by The Contemporary Home

(Image: © The Contemporary Home)

8. Choose a traditional wreath 

Does it get any more traditional than a classic evergreen wreath with jolly red berries? Of course you can make your own but if you are after something you can bring out every year, we say go for this Red Berry Wreath from Lights4fun. Looks pretty real to us. 

Red berry wreath

(Image: © Lihghts4fun)

9. Dress up the sofa with festive cushions 

Because you wouldn’t want your non-festive, boring, everyday cushions bringing down your Love Actually marathons would you? Spread the festive cheer even further by changing up your sofa cushions. We love these really cute, textured cushions from John Lewis and Partners

Festive cushions by John Lewis and Partners

(Image: © John Lewis and Partners )

10. Don’t be afraid of artificial trees

While a lot of traditional Christmas decorating ideas revolve around plenty of evergreen, you can always fake the feeling of walking in Narnia with artificial trees. There are some very convincing, affordable options out there. Miss the scent of pine? A few delicious smelling Christmas candles should do the job. 

Artificial Christmas trees by Neptune

(Image: © Neptune)

Looking for more Christmas decorating inspiration?