There’s no time like Christmas to pull out all the stops and decorate your home with the merry trappings of the season. Even folks who usually like their homes to be minimalistic and modern get infected with holiday cheer and joyfully bring out the holly garlands. Here are some tips for choosing sophisticated Christmas themed home decoration in a way that the look stays classy and not cluttered –

The focal point at Christmas is your tree. An artificial tree not only looks beautiful but is maintenance-free too. Once you’ve added lights, bells and snowflakes, make it personal by adding home-made trinkets and well-loved family heirlooms.

A great idea for fuss-free holiday decor is to place glass urns around the house. You can place your choice of decorations inside and perhaps tie a glitzy ribbon or bow around it to finish. Miniature Christmas trees flecked with bits of snow bring a wintery feel and look great on a sideboard, or arrange together a set of three trees for a charming centerpiece. And bring out those damask tablecloths and placemats for a rich and festive look.

A combination of flowers and Christmas ornaments set in a footed crystal bowl or under a glass bell looks very elegant. And since this is family time, what better than to scatter lots of family pictures around, in coordinated glittery frames.

When it comes to colors, white, silver and gold are popular if you don’t want to go for the traditional Christmas red and green. Purple, turquoise and teal are great accent colors, as is vibrant hot pink. Try coordinating the tree, table and the gift-wrappers for a well put-together look.

Don’t forget the outside of your house! Ceramic Santa figurines, string lights and pretty wreaths can be used, along with pots of bright poinsettias. Solar-powered lights are a wonderful eco-friendly outdoor home décor option.

Light up your home with groups of pillar candles in different sizes or tea lights set inside chic lanterns. And don’t forget to set out potpourri with seasonal spices like cinnamon and ginger to make your home smell ‘a lot like Christmas’.

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