It’s the most wonderful time of the year… but is that reflected in your home?

In what is typically the glitteriest, most glamourous season of the year, you might be wondering how to make a new apartment feel more festive this winter, so we’ve collated some tips to help with your festive decorating.

1. Head to the shops!

Christmas is an excellent time to support local independent businesses, whether buying presents for friends and family or decorating your home. With many feeling the pinch this winter, buying from smaller shops may not only save you money, but it could also help the boutique’s owner to continue to serve the local community. If these aren’t reasons enough, Small Business Saturday on the 3rd December is an excellent excuse to get out and do some shopping!


For newcomers to Reading, we recommend visiting But Is It Art?, which has been selling design-led gifts for nearly 50 years. If you’re looking for a quirky print to brighten up your home during the cold winter months, and impress your guests over the festive period, pop in and have a browse!

The centre of Reading is also home to John Lewis and Oliver Bonas, which are both well-known throughout the country for the effort that they put into Christmas. Whether you’re looking for decorations for your open-plan living area, or more delicate ornaments for the Christmas tree, there is something for everyone in Reading!

2. Colour Coordination

The traditional Christmas combination of red and green is usually the festive go-to for decorations, but it doesn’t have to be!

A recent article in Ideal Home (2022) suggested that this Christmas, more and more of us will be embracing brighter colours, like pastels, to bring a sunny feeling to the cooler months. If you love the sound of a softer colour palette this December, take inspiration from the Sugar Plum fairy and focus on décor that combines light pinks, icy blues, and snow-white shades to create a room fit for a magical Christmas.


Alternatively, embrace the bronze, mustard, and rust colour scheme to create a cosy yet sophisticated festive look. This classy feel is also reflected in the use of tones of greys, which can be brightened up with dainty fairy lights and cream candles.

To really impress your guests, you can coordinate your wrapping paper with your colour scheme, bringing the whole room together for the perfect festive look!

3. Prioritise the Christmas Table!

It’s undeniable that a huge part of Christmas celebrations orbit around the festive table – and the last few Christmases have been full of uncertainty on whether it will be possible to entertain in the way we are used to during the festive period.

This year, many hours will be spent here making merry with friends and family, so make sure your Christmas decorations spread further than your tree.

Create a centrepiece for your Festive Table by adding foliage, whether in the form of tall flower arrangements, or low level pine and eucalyptus arranged over the table, interspersed with fairy lights. Not only will it look great, but it will smell good too!

Once all of this is done, and you’re happy with your Christmassy new home, sit back, enjoy a mulled wine or hot chocolate, and bake a Yule Log for a truly festive feeling!