November is nearly upon us and we’ll all soon be starting the countdown to Christmas. But, just as it does every year, Christmas will still manage to sneak up on us, leading to a mad rush to get things sorted in time for the big day. That’s why it’s never too early to start planning.

Cosy living room at Christmas

How you decide to get your home Christmas-ready as an adult can often stem from how your parents did it when you were a child. A wish to keep the magic of a childhood Christmas alive can lead to attempts to recreate the festive scenes you saw as a youngster. Whether you collect decorations from generations past, or buy new festive on-trend designer treats, it’s important that your base looks good to start with.

Choosing a colour scheme

When choosing a colour scheme for any room, there are a few factors to consider; the size of the room and the look you are trying to achieve. If you want your Christmas tree to be the star of the show, then lighter shades like whites or creams are a good choice for your carpet or laminate floor. This can be complemented with light walls and cream curtains to allow your decorations to take centre stage. This blank canvas approach is a good way to make small spaces seem bigger and can create a very sophisticated and classy look.

Christmas living room

If you like a more traditional feel at Christmas time, or you have a big space to fill, use warming colours for the flooring such as a deep crimson or royal blue. Then choose a colour theme for your decorations that will work well with the rest of the room. With crimson you can team lots of golds and greens for a classic Christmas look.

Revolution Twist Carpet

With blue, you could use lots of white – snowflakes on the tree or glistening silky ribbons. You could create your own decorations by collecting pine cones with your family. Paint the pine cones, sprinkle them with glitter, or leave them looking naturally rustic and scatter them around the room.

The importance of lights

For many, the first thing that comes to mind when they think of Christmas decorations is beautiful twinkling lighting that really brings Christmas to life. Once you have chosen the base colours for your floor, walls and curtains, you can start to think about the colour and style of your fairy lights.

Vinyl flooring

At Christmas, the kitchen becomes a hub of festive activity, and with lots of visitors calling by to wish you Merry Christmas, the kitchen is a place you want to keep spotless. Vinyl is easy to get sparkling clean with very little time or effort needed to keep it looking brand new. It’s available in a huge range of styles, patterns and colours, so you’re sure to find a vinyl floor to suit your tastes.

Personal touch

How you style your home at Christmas is very personal to your own individual tastes, needs and memories. This makes putting up the Christmas decorations a lovely, special activity to do with your family. Why not get creative with the kids and make your very own unique decorations? Creating snowflakes, paper chains and cards is a great way to get in the festive spirit. Even if you’re particular about your decorations, you can help others to use colours that will suit the scheme you have chosen. With a little preparation and forward-thinking now, you will be amazed at how easy it is to achieve that dreamy Christmas magazine-cover in your own home.

Kids' Christmas crafts

For more home design tips visit our trends and ideas section to view ways you can spruce up your house throughout the year.