Christmas decoration ideas from our seasonal photo shoots

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T'is the season to be jolly – get inspired with these stylish and elegant festive decoration ideas from our Christmas photography shoots.

As Christmas is (usually) a time for us all to gather with friends and loved ones, December is when a spacious, multi-functional garden room really comes into its own. The very concept of an open-plan living space makes it ideal for hosting everything from winter suppers to glitzy cocktail evenings and family celebrations. A garden room easily comes alive when its full of people to admire it! 

After the ups and downs of 2020, it’s no surprise that we’ve all looked forward to feeling festive. Decorations can bring a bit of joy and sparkle to our homes and it’s become apparent that people have been putting them up a little earlier this year. The cheerful twinkling of lights and the glimmer of our favourite tree ornaments almost seem grounding after the chaos and uncertainty we’ve experienced. 

“Christmas was close at hand, in all his bluff and hearty honesty; it was the season of hospitality, merriment, and open-heartedness; the old year was preparing, like an ancient philosopher, to call his friends around him, and amidst the sound of feasting and revelry to pass gently and calmly away.” – Charles Dickens

We’ve looked back through our photography shoot archives to put together a collection of the best Christmas decoration ideas (and some extra ideas we’ve fallen in love with on Instagram.) 

1. A fragrant table garland

At this festive photoshoot, a wonderful, scented garland takes centre stage on the dining room table – this was created by top Essex-based florist Debbie Sharpe of The Flower Room Essex. This is a great look that you can easily put together yourself at home. Arrange dried lotus heads, cinnamon sticks, pinecones, and oranges for a classically adorned garland. 

2. Bring the outside in and add layers of fresh green foliage.

This helps to add textural interest and it’s also a highly sustainable option! Even some simply arranged holly or eucalyptus stems will bring a subtle but festive feel to your home. Try olive stems combined with fir for a fresh and modern look. 

3. A classic red and gold scheme for this open-plan garden room

Red roses provide an elegant twist to a classic table arrangement and highlight the red and gold colour scheme in this beautiful garden room. Gather with family around the glow of the candles, pour a glass of Bordeaux and enjoy a festive meal. 


4. Combine modern and vintage

What a better time to bring out the white embroidered tablecloths and matching plates? The gold candle sticks work perfectly with the dark green colours. Keep things simple and let the vintage embroidery and the natural foliage do the talking. 


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5.Decorative crackers for a simple table layout

No Christmas table should be without crackers, and when they look as good as these, they can also be used as decorations. These star-patterned crackers are from Katie Leamon and include wooden toys and gifts as an eco-alternative to plastic. 

6. Contemporary, cosy cottage

This is a perfect example of using modern decorations in a cottage home. Stick to whites and silvers, and choose dainty, delicate ornament designs. These willow Christmas tree skirts seem to be everywhere on Instagram right now and they hide any unsightly plastic or metal stands. 

7. Let the tree do all the talking

In this large open-plan orangery, the glazed roof lantern allows for a tall Christmas tree to become the main focal point in the room. The different living zones make this glazed extension highly suitable for modern family life and entertaining while bringing plenty of natural light into the interiors. At Christmas, gather around the tree to open presents and keep an eye on dinner being cooked at the same time. 

8. An untraditional Christmas style

This year, everyone seems to be finding new ways to make their homes feel joyful and merry – but that doesn’t mean you have to go full-on colour. Think about combining velvet, wood, and stone textures. This unexpected style creates a bold effect, with dark colour palettes and big, dramatic decorative arrangements. 

9. When less is really more

Glass and light work wonders when combined – candlelight works especially well as it flickers and reflects off the surfaces to give the room movement and atmosphere. 

10. Deck the halls with stars and candles

Create an exciting entrance hallway with big paper decorations that match your interior’s colour scheme. The stars are styled next to a natural foliage arrangement and oversized candles which bring the whole look together and adds a softness to the space.