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With December now here and the faint sound of Jingle Bells in the air, there is one Christmas tradition that is creeping up on us like a light-footed Santa putting presents under the tree (but with a lot more festive cheer, of course). That is, decorating your house with a wreath, garland, and most importantly, a Christmas tree.

It can be a lot to think about, especially if this happens to be your first Christmas in a new home and you haven’t decorated before. However, it just so happens that the Guru moonlights as a festive interior decorator when he isn’t handing out financial wisdom like mince pies on Christmas day.

Read on to discover inspiration on decorating your home and what you should be thinking about if it’s your very first Christmas in a new property. We’ve included plenty of checklists so you can tick off everything you need to transform your home into a winter wonderland.

Christmas decoration trends for 2019

To start off with, we’ve highlighted a few decoration trends that might give you inspiration if you’re thinking of changing up your festive look this Christmas. Have a look to see if you can implement any of them when putting up the decks this December.

  • Homemade decorations – whilst this has always been an option for making your Christmas decorations extra-personal, in 2019 there is an emphasis on getting your craft supplies out and doing it yourself. Whether that’s paper garland, wooden baubles or there’s plenty you can do to add little personal touches this Christmas
  • Nature – get a taste of nature indoors this Christmas with a few inspired decorations. What about frosted pine cones for the tree, a wreath made of ivy or dried fruit for the tree?
  • Warm lighting – rather than white light, Christmas decorators are starting to opt for warmer lights that provide a golden glow, giving a slightly more traditional ambience
  • Scandi – this Nordic Christmas theme has become increasingly popular through influences such as Hygge and Scandinavian design that mixes matte colours with wood for everything in the home
  • Large decorations – including oversized decorations on your tree is a good way to emphasise your tree, and has become popular through social media platforms such as Instagram. Who wants to zoom into Christmas tree pictures anyway?

What colour scheme should I choose for Christmas 2019?

The good news is, that whilst there are endless combinations of colours to choose from when designing your decorations (whether they’re homemade or shop-bought), it can simply be a case of choosing your favourite colour, and then finding complimentary tones to go with it. We’ve listed a few examples below to get you started:

  • Traditional Festive – red, green and white
  • Winter snowscape – white, blue and silver
  • Metallic sheen – silver, gold and bronze
  • Party purple – purple, neon blue and lilac
  • Art Deco – black, white and gold
  • Autumn leaves - yellow, tan and brown
  • Nordic – white, wood grain and green
  • Ice cold – navy blue, light blue and crystal white

Christmas decorations checklist

Depending how festive you’re feeling, you may want to go for just a tree in the living room, or cover the entire house in garland in an ever-increasing festive maze (maybe that’s going too far).

Below we’ve put together a checklist that you can tick off as you’re decorating the house. Remember that you don’t have to complete the entire list, just use it as inspiration when getting decorations for your first home (or perhaps if you’re trying to change up the Christmas theme for 2019).

  • Wreath (for the door)
  • Christmas Tree -
    • Stand
    • Skirt
    • Mat
  • Garland –
    • Staircase
    • Fireplace
    • Front window sill
  • Christmas Lights –
    • Tree
    • Front Window
    • Front door
    • In the garland on the stairs
  • Ornaments
  • Baubles
  • Tinsel
  • Stockings
  • Stocking hooks
  • Table runner
  • Festive table mats & coasters
  • Fresh Poinsettias
  • Candles
  • Cushions
  • Snow Globes

If you’re thinking of stocking up on more decorations or need to buy some for a new home you’ve moved into, check out our range of 0% purchase credit cards. They can help you spread the cost of decorations, presents and food this Christmas, without charging you anything extra.

Simply head over to our moneymatcher eligibility tool to get started. Enter a few personal details and you could find the right card for you. Good luck!