Top Interior Designer Kelly Hoppen shares her top Christmas decorating tips, from decorating the Christmas tree to how to lay the table for your festive feast. Take a look and get inspired!

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ADD A TOUCH OF GLITTER

Do not be afraid to have fun and mix textures and colors around your home. I personally like to display decorations with colors matching my tree (my personal favorites being silver and white).

Fairy lights are a great way to add a beautiful magical ambiance and are not just for the tree! Decorate pieces of furniture or use within your table to add a glittering look.

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DECORATING THE MANTELPIECE

With the nights drawing in and numerous guests to entertain, I like to keep an inviting home. Burning a fire is a sure way to enhance the atmosphere, and draw guests in with warmth.

I love making use of my fireplace, not only for function but because they can be decorated gorgeously to become a focal point in the living room. Try placing Christmassy trinkets, garlands or ‘home jewelry’ on the mantelpiece to really adorn the space.

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MIXING CUSHIONS

I tend to mix up cushions and throws in various materials such as wool and velvet. Using a combination of soft, sumptuous textures such as these really adds a touch of luxury and provides that extra comfort for a cozy, festive feel. Some other fabrics I like to use are cashmere and faux fur.

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FESTIVE SCENTS

The rich scents of Christmas always remind me of nostalgic times with my cherished family at Christmas. I like to place candles on a tray and place them a bit everywhere in the house. Aside from the festive fragrance, you will also get a beautiful glow as it gets darker outside.

 

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DECORATING THE TREE

To me, decorating the tree is the most important part, a privileged moment with your loved ones. I tend to keep it simple by using one color scheme and lots of fairy lights to dress your tree with a special twinkle spirit.

Keeping to a classic theme, add personal touches such as vintage baubles or homemade decorations with sentimental meaning to make your tree unique to you and give it character. Let your creativity shine throughout and reflect what Christmas is about for you.

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TABLE SETTINGS

The table is such a focal part of the day, a place where family and friends come together. No Christmas table is complete without beautiful, sparkling glassware. Using seasonal vegetables and fruit as part of your centerpiece will also give the table a wonderfully organic feel.

Add to the display by placing a variety of witches balls and oversized baubles on your Christmas dining table. Either sprinkle down the center of the table or place in a glass bowl for a simple yet high impact touch.

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CHRISTMAS WREATHS

I love all of the traditional Christmas decorations and absolutely adore using wreaths at Christmas time. Placing a big, beautiful wreath on the front door displays that festive spirit is a wonderful welcome for guests.

Pussy willow and northern pine is an elegant combination that gives a classic look. Add a modern twist to using holly, by adding a sprig to a large vase.

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FESTIVE TABLEWARE

I prefer to use neutral tones when it comes to table linen. You can enhance a table with a linen display down the center of the table or laid horizontally as a pair, then use layers of silver such as statement napkin rings for an extra Christmas touch.

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