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Christmas Home Decor: 12 Decorating Ideas for a Stylish Christmas

Deck the halls with our 12 stylish Christmas home decor ideas to get your home into the spirit of the festive season.

It’s that time again where there’s a sense of magic in the air. When the end of the year is nigh and you start thinking of a break from it all, of sunny days and of gathering family and friends in your home for Christmas. This festive season feels particularly poignant and Christmas with all the trimmings is the best way to celebrate precious time spent with loved ones. To set the perfect scene for a yuletide to remember, here we present the 12 style takes on the Christmas decorating essentials you need.

Festive Garlands, Bunting & Fairy Lights

An easy, classic Christmas style idea is hanging up a festive garland, bunting or fairy lights (or all three!) to bring instant cheer. This versatile decorating idea can jazz up a balustrade, a mantelpiece, even across windows and a sideboard. And a string of fairy lights at night just adds a little magic to proceedings, adorning a surface to complement a vignette. Bed Bath N’ Table has a great range of all three options but we are particularly partial to the Morgan Bell Bow Jute Garland and Glisten String Lights in Copper.

Heirloom Ornaments

A long-time festive favourite, the ceramic ornaments crafted and painted by hand from Brisbane-based Paper Boat Press will earn heirloom status, coming out year after year to decorate on your Christmas tree. From stars, hearts and trees to birds, angels and a pudding, the charming collection is simple yet heartfelt in tune with the very spirit of Christmas itself. You can even get them personalised with names, quotes or occasions for that extra special touch.

An Everlasting Tree

Sure, the traditional Christmas tree is one that is verdant and green. But for something a little different that won’t have to be replaced each year, consider one crafted entirely of wood. OneTwoTree’s Minimalist Xmas Tree is handcrafted from local sustainably sourced hoop pine, easy to put together and can even be completed with complementary wooden ornaments.

Cheerful Ornaments

A tree practically drowning in ornaments is the height of yuletide joy at home. Some of the joy comes from delving a little into the charm of the gaudy and the kitsch, and decorating the Christmas tree gives you the space to do this without fear of judgement. How deeply you dive into it is entirely up to you but we love the wide-ranging selection at IKEA (how sweet is this trio?) and Kmart (and how fun are these resin decorations?).

Gift Wrapping, Tags & Cards

For beautiful, locally designed gift wrapping, you’d be hard pressed to go past Bespoke Letterpress. The age-old printing techniques used imbue the Bowral-based studio’s collection of wares with each Christmas bringing about beautifully illustrated paper stationery and this year’s range is no different. A gift to a loved one should come with all the trimmings after all. 

Advent Calendar

Make the anticipation of the countdown to the big day a stylish one with an advent calendar, a Christmas style staple. West Elm’s House Advent Calendar is a joyous, chic example to have proudly displayed on a sideboard, console table or mantelpiece, concealing all manner of little trinkets and surprising delights.

Christmas by Candlelight

And finally, set the scene with the luxurious pleasure of a scent that promises good tidings. Light one up during a festive lunch, Christmas Eve nightfall and even Christmas Day morning. Some of our favourites are the limited editions from both Glasshouse Fragrances and Ecoya, as well as the luxe Diptyque Biscuit candle from Mecca.

Wreath

A wreath is a warm welcome to your home. Nothing beats the real thing so support a local florist for a custom seasonal wreath for your front door if you can. Otherwise, try Adairs for an evergreen option – we like the Native Green Wreath.

A Tree Topper

And to complete the tree, you’ll need a topper and we can’t go past a bit of sparkle on this front, particularly if you are going down the traditional Christmas tree route. A bit of glitter will be the perfect finishing touch, and this dazzling snowflake tree topper from David Jones definitely fits the bill. Another option to take it to the next level is this mouth-blown glass Swarovski tree topper with hand-glued crystals.

A Space-savvy Tree

For those of us who may not have the space for a fully decked out Christmas tree, the beloved Pony Rider Festive Tree Wall Banner is a stylish solution. Made from cotton canvas, this printed beauty just needs to be hung on a surface to add joy and wonder. Decorate with a string of fairy lights for extra festive sparkle and a sense of occasion.

Santa Sacks

One for the littlies, the Santa sack is a fun addition to pop under the tree. It’s a element that calls for fun, graphic tones and textures – these bags offer up style in spades: Castle, Kip & Co and these personalised ones from Typo.

Stockings

Another Christmas essential, the humble Christmas stocking could veer into kitschy territory. But there are stylish options that are also on theme. For a patterned option, try the cotton stockings from Provincial Home Living – we’re keen on the winter Christmas vibe of this Jolly Night Sky Stocking. For something a little more pared back, Pony Rider’s block-coloured, quilted Organic Canvas Christmas Stocking offers a timeless take.

Christmas decorating is made easy with our 12 style ideas to bring the festive vibe to your place. This special time of the year is a brilliant excuse to deck the halls with all the joy, wonder and fun you can muster. For more festive celebration ideas, check out these tips, tricks and recipes for an unforgettable yuletide meal. And if you’re looking to give your table setting game a refresh, we have you covered with these bright entertaining style ideas.