Quick ways to get the home ready for Christmas
Everyone loves their home to be beautifully decorated at Christmas time. However, we don't all have hours to spend on it, so we need options that offer the festive look we want, quickly.
Any room or office can enjoy a holiday makeover in the blink of an eye. Taking it from standard to seasonal instantly and with little fuss and no stress.
Follow our top tips and we’ll not only show you how to create a quick and easy Christmas look that you’ll be proud of, we’ll also ensure that you won’t have to spend ages on the clear-up in January. Our handy guide is here to help you with all your last-minute Christmas decorating ideas.
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Instant Christmas makeover ideas
Trim the Christmas tree in no time
Artificial Christmas trees are the ideal choice if you’re looking for something quick to put up as well as easy to maintain. Our range includes trees that are pre-lit (the lights are already attached), pre-decorated (the decorations are already attached) and even a combination of the two that only require assembly for a no-effort Christmas tree.
We love pop up artificial Christmas trees (such as the Trevalli pictured). These fun tinsel trees are fitted with lights and decorations, so all you need to do is put together the base, hang the main body over it and you’re done.
Dazzle with low-fuss Christmas lights
Twinkling Christmas lights are a sure-fire way to make a room feel festive and we have plenty of options that are high impact and low fuss. We recommend looking for battery-powered options, where possible, to save time on set up. Our favourites include:
Christmas string lights – these are fantastically versatile and dial up the Christmas spirit quickly and easily whether used indoors or out.
Christmas silhouettes - a fun favourite that are either put up or hung to deliver stunning and speedy results. Check out our pop up 3D ones, such as our Santa, Snowman and Penguin that also play music for a two-in-one party treat.
LED projectors – simply set up and enjoy one of our festive light displays projected onto a wall for quick Christmas cheer.
Enjoy some instant Christmas comfort
Switching your regular cushions and throws for festive options is a fast, effective way to make an ordinary living room Christmas-ready. Plus, it’s got the added bonus of making your space cosy and snug for visitors on those cold winter nights. Think about colour and pattern to find something that matches your festive look. And don’t forget texture – we love chunky knits and touchably soft faux fur. Simply scatter and drape where needed to give your home a comforting Christmas makeover.
Don’t forget to dangle
Hanging decorations can be quickly added to any corner of the house to add instant Christmas cheer. These can also help continue your festive look from room to room and are especially effective in small spaces, such as offices, or ones often overlooked at Christmas, like hallways, bedrooms and kitchens.
Tidy away coats, scarves and dressing gowns to make use of all available hooks to hang stockings, sacks and wreaths. These come with integrated hooks for easy hanging. While smaller baubles, hanging decorations and door hangers work well dangling from handles and knobs, such as those on kitchen cabinet doors.
Alternatively, add hanging decorations wherever you fancy with our self-adhesive hooks, and wreath and stocking hangers. They’re all removable and don’t require any tools or repair work afterwards – ideal for renters.
Make the most of walls
Walls can often be forgotten about come the festive season - but they can easily be transformed from magnolia to merry. Take down existing prints and pictures and replace with Christmas alternatives, such as our Christmas Tree Framed Print (pictured) and Christmas canvas art. Or how about a fun plaque, like our Letter to Santa and 'Santa – please stop here' options.
And don’t feel as though bunting is just for the summer fete - hang along a wall, or above a door, for a quick seasonal update. Our designs include cheeky Christmas characters, traditional Christmas puddings and snowflakes and slogans.
Decorate neglected surfaces
Shelves, windowsills, fireplaces, stair bannisters – these spots and more can all be quickly updated to dial up the holiday spirit. Larger surfaces work well with garlands and swags, while traditional tree decorations, like tinsel and bead chains, can be simply and artfully arranged to add sparkle in smaller spaces.
For a stress-free and simple showstopper, grab a bowl or basket and fill with any spare baubles (pictured). Or introduce the hot interior trend for copper thanks to our Copper Wire Light Dome Silhouette - a glass dome beautifully illuminated with copper wire lights. Of course, you could make your own, but save on time and hassle with our ready-made version – perfect for sophisticated seasonal sparkle.
Offer a warm welcome
More than simply somewhere to wipe your shoes – our selection of Christmas door mats greet guests in a fun, festive way. From seasonal slogans to eye-catching designs, they can be used indoors or out and are easily swapped for your everyday one just for the holidays.
Pick up a plant - real or fake
Floristry offers a quick way to dial up the festive fun. If you’re happy looking after real plants, poinsettias are the traditional favourite, while we also offer potted bay trees (pictured), Hellebore and more. These make fantastic gifts and, with a little care, will continue to thrive long after the holiday season. Check in store for availability and read our guide to caring for your poinsettia.
If you’re not green-fingered, get the look with none of the fuss with one of our artificial plants. Our seasonal selection features metallic pots, including the hot trend for rose gold and plants with a sprinkle of glitter.
Scrawl a seasonal message
Pen your own personalised Christmas message on a chalkboard. We offer a range, from those designed especially for Christmas (pictured) to year-long styles, or perhaps you have an existing wall area created with blackboard paint. Splash a seasonal slogan or get artistic with Christmas trees, stars and snowflakes. Create one for the whole holiday or change it up regularly to welcome each guest. And when the festivities are finishing – it’s a great way to add reminder notes to start packing everything away.
Evoke the smell of Christmas
Giving your room an instant Christmas feel is about more than just the decorations and soft furnishings. Add some seasonal scents for an immersive and immediate sensory delight.
Certain smells can instantly transport you into a festive frame of mind – be it mulled wine, pine trees or spicy cinnamon. We offer a number of ways to introduce Christmas scents, from traditional favourites like candles, diffusers and pot pourri to more innovative, new ways such as scented sticks. These paper ornaments can hang discretely to perfume your home and are made from biodegradable, recycled paper. We love the 'O Christmas Tree' pack – perfect for making artificial Christmas trees smell like the real thing.