However you partake in the festive season, it's worth remembering that our pagan ancestors celebrated yuletide (a mid-winter festival after the solstice on 21st December) by gathering to eat, drink and be merry. Basically to break up the monotony of the cold, dark months. So yay to that.
What has changed of course is the many other traditions, gathered over recent centuries from near and far, that have now become part of the annual festivities. One of which is to decorate our homes in the spirit of the season, with a fragrant pine tree, twinkling lights, flickering candles and colourful baubles, so that we can welcome friends and family and, erm, eat, drink and be merry.
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With that in mind, we've gathered some of our favourite cool and cosy Christmas-ready rooms, so that you can find ideas and inspiration for your own seasonal schemes.
Whether you go the full flashing lights and kitsch multi-coloured decs or prefer a more pared back approach, there is much to inspire your Christmas 2019 decorations for the living room, hallway and kitchen.
From gorgeous garlands wrapped around a bannister, laid across a mantlepiece or trailed along sash windows to disco balls, glittering stars and twinkling lights suspended from the ceiling, laid in a hearth or propped up on surfaces, there are fun and festive touches that will instantly transform a room into a stylish Christmas setting.
Check out these timeless Christmas Decorating ideas from Turner Pocock.
Of course, giving and exchanging presents is a huge part of the Christmas traditions too. Whether you buy for everyone or just do a family secret Santa, you'll want your gifts to be on point, so get ahead of the game and check out the gift trends for 2019 here.
accessorise all areas
The sequined cushions, large star and fairy lights are here all year, giving the room flashes of light. Fake birds? Baubles? Fairy lights all year round? But of course! Get the look The vintage wall lights are from Rockett St George.
The ivy, eucalyptus and pine garland is fake, but looks amazing. At Christmas, the baubles can just be weaved in and changed up depending on the theme. Get the look The Balsam Hill garland is twined with artificial eucalyptus from MiaFleur. The baubles are from The Contemporary Home. This is a John Lewis stocking. The eucalyptus and winterberry wreath is from The White Company. The bubble wreath is by Habitat.
let it glow
The moody colours make this house cosy and cocooning. Just right for a pine tree covered in gold baubles and surrounded by candlelight. Get the look The Balsam Hill tree is topped with a crown from Hobbycraft. The coffee table, cushions, illuminated letter and some of the Christmas decorations are from Rockett St George. The sofas are vintage Ikea. This is Tom Dixon’s Mirror Ball pendant. The Ikat Bamboo rug is from The Rug Company. The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue estate emulsion.
Many of the decorative elements in this space are in fact permanent features, that then get further jazzed up in the winter. At Christmas, the cherub statue gets a crown and some fairy lights. Get the look The coffee table, cushions, illuminated letter and some of the Christmas decorations are from Rockett St George. This is Tom Dixon’s Mirror Ball pendant. The Ikat Bamboo rug is from The Rug Company. The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue estate emulsion.
dressed for dinner
A simple star, some festive foliage and bowls of tangerines inject a Christmas feel into the kitchen. Get the look These are Crystal Bulb pendants by Lee Broom. The light above the sink unit is vintage Jieldé. The large star is from The White Company. The bar stools are from Rockett St George.
The owners were drawn to the Asian feel of this geometric wall art, but also love that it feels quite Christmassy too. Decorating the mantlepiece and hearth with garlands, baubles and candles sets a seasonal scene. Get the look The wall art is from West Elm. The throw and cushions are from Liberty. The mini Christmas tree is from The White Company. The disco ball tree topper is by Rockett St George. The vase and knitted tree are from Habitat. The LED stars and fairy lights are from Lights4fun. The faux-tree decorations, gold glitter trees, Nutcracker ornaments and gold candles are by Gisela Graham. The wreath, white candles and sheepskin are from The White Company.
going for gold
Warm metallics and rich blues rule in this living space. A simple tree is surrounded by a gorgeous garland and paper decs for a sophisticated seasonal scene. Get the look The rug is from The Rug Company. Find a similar pouffe at Moroccan Bazaar. The pre-lit 7ft Xmas tree and garland on the TV unit are from Balsam Hill. The baubles are by Gisela Graham. The pom-pom garland is from Habitat.
Disco balls, paper decorations and an OTT tree make for a festive feast for the eyes. Get the look The pink sofa is an heirloom – try Designers Guild for similar. The pendants are by Tom Dixon. The tree decorations are from John Lewis and Habitat. The paper decorations are from RE.
what a star
Bring Christmas cheer to the kitchen with some dangling gold stars. Get the look The bespoke units are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Studio Green. The vintage table is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Paean Black. The overhead light is from Original BTC.
The hanging chair gets a Christmas makeover with a festive garland. Get the look: The wicker chairs were eBay finds. The Make Art Not War artwork is by Shepard Fairey. The woodburner is from Charnwood. The throw on the bench is by Bronte by Moon at Amara. Also on the bench is a Limpopo cushion in Aqua by Osborne & Little at Amara. Festoon lights and decorative deer antlers by Cox & Cox. Decorations and wrapping papers from selection at Paperchase, Ikea, John Lewis and Habitat. The Huangshan Lilac bolster cushion is by Designers Guild at Houseology.
A barely there tree with white lights and simple baubles is boosted with a pile of colourful baubles in the hearth. Get the look The walls are painted in Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball, with Anaglypta on the ceiling. The chair is from Graham and Green. The wall lights are by Jim Laurence. The Lover rug is by Rob Pybus for Floor_ Story. Twig tree by Habitat. Festoon lights by Cox & Cox. Decorations and wrapping papers from selection at Paperchase, Ikea, John Lewis and Habitat.