5 beautiful Christmas decorating ideas

Discover the best-ever Christmas decorating looks for creating a festive atmosphere

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From easy elegance to vintage displays, there are a variety of looks to choose from this Christmas. Whether you prefer a classic look, with natural materials, or a glamorous scheme filled with sparkle and shine, there’s a style suited to your home.

Image above: 160 LED waterfall lights, L410cm, £30; aluminium decorative pineapple, H14xDia.28cm, £35; gold paper pleat bauble, £2.50; smoke geometric glass glitter bauble, £4; iridescent sequin bauble, £3.50; iridescent blue teardrop glass bauble, £4; green with blue dot glass finial bauble, £4.50, all John Lewis

The Magical Midnight Look

For a fresh new look in a room, try navy blue, a touch of black or deep purple, and lashings of gold, silver and sparkle– the key trend to try this Christmas.


Add textured decorations, velvets, sequins and glass to a lush, green tree.

Image above: Slim green tree, H6.5ft, £20; 240 LED lights, £25; silver decoration pack, £10 for 50 pieces including star topper; midnight tree decorations, £1.50 each; 3D star decorations, £2 for four; snowflake and bead baubles, £3.50 for four; silver and purple sequin dome decorations, £2 each; midnight glitter star decorations, £3 for nine; reindeer ornaments, from £3.50; silver glitter trees, £4 each; LED glitter star, £10; snowflake sequin cushion, £14; Julianne loveseat covered in velvet in Midnight Blue, H86xW118xD87cm, £399, all Tesco


Clockwise from left: Navy with gold bauble, £6, Marks & Spencer; Wire-edge woven sheer organza ribbon in navy, £4.50 for 5m, John Lewis; Midnight stag ornament, H26cm, £5, Tesco; Designers Guild St George Lapis metallic embroidered silk velvet cushion, £80, Sweetpea & Willow; Peacock feather wreath, Dia.40cm, £55, The Contemporary Home; Navy geometric pillar candles, H14xDia.7cm, £9.50 each, MiaFleur; Gray & Willow mohair blue throw, W100xL100cm, £80, House of Fraser

The Warming Natural Look

Make this theme work with wood, glass, lots of foliage and copper accessories to create a glamorous, rustic setting.


Image above: Garland, L183cm, £19.99; silver stag head, £7.99; green wreath with stars, Dia.50cm, £19.99; real tree, from £29.99; clear glass bauble filled with ivy, £3.99; silver shatterproof baubles, £3.99 for 12; white pinecone decorations, £6.99 for 12; white birdhouse decoration, £3.99; silver wheelbarrow decoration, £2.99; bristle hedgehog decoration, £3.99; green foliage star, £4.99; robin bauble, £3.99; hessian hedgehogs, £9.99 each; cyclamen woodland scene trough, £14.99; traditionally woven olive throw, £49.99, all Dobbies


Clockwise from left: Bird and pinecone glass bauble, £3.49, Wyevale; Jonas copper wire table lamp, H33x Dia.23cm, £38, B&Q; Flopsy rabbit cushion, £27, Sweetpea & Willow; Glass gold bauble, from £1, George Home; Taupe faux-fur double bed throw, W150xL200cm, £48, B&Q; Furry owl decoration, H20cm, £14.99, Joanna Wood; Stag connoisseur crackers, £29.50 for a set of eight, Marks & Spencer; Medium white birch candle, H15xDia.7.5cm, £16, Nordic House

The Fun Festive Look

Enjoy decorating your home with family and bring a sense of fun to a space with unique ideas and individual decorations.


Image above: Red Boston wall clock, Dia.44cm, £9.99; selection of tree decorations, from 99p; set of three wise men, £5.99; party animals card holder, H80xW24cm, £5.99; Loxley pine small bench, H45xW96xD35cm, £89.99; pug Santa cushion, £5.99; assorted gift wrap and bags, from 99p; assorted gift boxes, from £1.99; Chalk Cottage collection sausage dog, H21xW32xD12cm, £12.99; Seriously Soft Spots red throw, W180xL230cm, £13.99; Colonial dog in cast-iron finish, H40xW31xD22cm, £34.99; resin laying dog ornament, H26xW43xD18cm, £34.99; Santa’s belt coir doormat, W40xL60cm, £4.99, all Dunelm


Clockwise from left: Red glass balloon bauble, £5, Marks & Spencer; Glass Christmas pudding jumper bauble, £7, Monsoon; Glass burger bauble, from £1, George Home; Red and green Lego brick bauble, £10, Da Wanda;40 LED multicolour party lights, £25, Very; Red fairy tree topper, H28xW10cm, £15, The Contemporary Home; Stag and fluoro bauble wreath, Dia.38cm, £25, Paperchase; Christmas pudding cushion, £10, Sainsbury’s Home; Kitsch crackers, £13 for a set of six, Paperchase

The Nostalgic Look

Remember the days of metallic tinsel, paperchains and an orange in your stocking? This time around the look is classic vintage Christmas but with a stylish twist.


Image above: Real Nordmann fir tree, from £19.99; indoor LED string lights, from £12.99; candy canes, £2.49 each; tree baubles, from £1.49 each, all Wyevale


Clockwise from left: Glass bauble, from £1, George Home; Deer in glass cone decorations, £7.50 each, The Contemporary Home; Deer in bushy tinsel wreath, Dia.30cm, £15, Paperchase; String of 10 sleigh-bell lights, £12.95, Dotcomgiftshop; Christmas stocking in Ticking 2 Peony, £24.50, Ian Mankin; Christmas wishes cushion, £16, Sainsbury’s Home; Musical wooden advent calendar, H38xW47xD8cm, £150, Fortnum & Mason

The Fabulous Collectibles Look

Whether passing on to the next generation, or giving as a gift, invest in decorations that get better with age.


Image above: Bluffton tree, H6.5ft, £169; selection of vintage Christmas decorations, from £2.99; sitting deer with gold antlers, £19.99, all Wyevale


Clockwise from left: Joanna Buchanan trio of jewelled bird clips, £40, John Lewis; Porcelain tree decoration, £45, Royal Crown Derby; King & Queen bauble set, £58, Jonathan Adler; ‘Iconic pitcher’ blue tree decoration, £25, Wedgwood; Afternoon tea tray, £20, Fortnum & Mason; Nutcracker teddy bear ornament, £80, Steiff; The Guest by Jaime Hayon, £160, Lladró; Pazzo Di Neve hand-decorated blown glass bauble, £14.50, Alessi