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Six simple ways to bring some tasteful Christmas sparkle into your home

Six simple ways to bring some tasteful Christmas sparkle into your home.

Emily Westbrooks

Published 06/12/2015 | 02:30

Tree topper, €15, Marks and Spencer
Tree topper, €15, Marks and Spencer
Littlewoods Christmas tree
Mini wreath €15 M&S
Wool baubles, €30, House of Fraser
Paper stars, April and the Bear
Take a walk in the woods or a nearby field and collect loose, fallen branches you can bedeck with ornaments.

If you've yet to pull out the boxes of Christmas decorations, you're not the only one. I find that some years, holiday decorating can seem tedious and same-old with everything going in the same traditional spot - but that doesn't have to be the case. Here, we examine the new trends and little tips that will provide a lot of inspiration to get you (and me!) back in the spirit to properly deck the halls this December.

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Start with the basics; a snow-capped tree that will remain fresh for however long you leave it up - with no mess to clean up afterwards. Then, tuck baubles and hanging decorations in unexpected spots. Bring in a little greenery and, voilà, instant Christmas cheer!

One of the least expensive ways to make a big holiday impact is with bits and pieces from the outdoors. Natural holiday decor is trendy, bringing in elements of Scandinavian design and a little dose of minimalism. When you pick out your fresh Christmas tree, ask for a bag of pine boughs to spread around the house. Use them to make simple wreaths for interior doors or to decorate your mantle with a simple swag.

Take a walk in the woods or a nearby field and collect loose, fallen branches you can bedeck with ornaments. Standing a few long, thin birch logs in the corner adds a whimsical winter flair.

Bonus with natural decorations? They don't need to come down until February!

1 Tree Topper

Nothing sets off a perfectly decorated Christmas tree like a sparkly tree topper. When choosing a star or topper, make sure it's proportionate to the size of your tree, and balanced so it won't topple. Real or fake, make sure your tree has one upright branch at the top to set the topper!

Buy it: Gold tree topper, €15 from Marks & Spencer

2 Black and White

Not everyone can cope with a month of red, green and gold decor splayed across their entire home, but there are lots of ways to incorporate holiday touches without overdosing on primary colours. Stick with neutrals and mix in a little understated black and grey.

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Buy it: Paper stars, €8 each from April & The Bear, aprilandthebear.com

3 Bauble Bar

Baubles are terribly versatile and can be used in a whole host of places around your home. If you're in the mood to change up your Christmas tree, invest in a few sets of new baubles in updated colours like strong jewel tones or a combination of neutrals and metallics. Use extra baubles to spruce up your coffee table, placing a collection of similar baubles in a pretty bowl or hanging a set from the mantel.

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Buy it: Wool baubles, set of four for €30 at House of Fraser

4 Pine Plan

I'm partial to a real pine Christmas tree, with its scent and that giant pile of needles that need to be hoovered up come January. If that isn't your idea of a great time, a reusable Christmas tree is certainly less work. Just make sure you have a plan to store your tree in the off-season.

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Buy it: Flocked Christmas tree, €199 from Littlewoods Ireland

5 Unexpected Sparkle

Sometimes the most enjoyable festive décor is a little less obvious. This year, in addition to the usual mantel and tree, think about adding a little holiday cheer to interior doors or tying a few bows around existing decorations.

These mini-wreaths from M&S would be sweet hanging in your front windows, or they'd look lovely on a table set for a holiday meal. You could even try them on your coffee table with pillar candles.

buy it: Mini-wreaths, €15 from Marks & Spencer

6 Opt for Irish

We love supporting Irish businesses whenever possible. Dublin-based Jenny Walsh Design makes great sets of holiday decorations that can be used in all sorts of ways around the house. They give wrapped packages an extra polish, tied on with a pretty bow. Or try scattering a set of these handmade bauble decorations around the house or hanging from the bannister.

 

Buy it: Set of three handmade ornaments, Jenny Walsh Design, €14

Natural decorations

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One of the least expensive ways to make a big holiday impact is with bits and pieces from the outdoors. Natural holiday decor is trendy, bringing in elements of Scandinavian design and a little dose of minimalism. When you pick out your fresh Christmas tree, ask for a bag of pine boughs to spread around the house. Use them to make simple wreaths for interior doors or to decorate your mantle with a simple swag.

Take a walk in the woods or a nearby field and collect loose, fallen branches you can bedeck with ornaments. Standing a few long, thin birch logs in the corner adds a whimsical winter flair.

Bonus with natural decorations? They don’t need to come down until February!

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