Get your home ready for Christmas with our five simple steps

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and if you’re anything like the Check 4 Houses team this weekend, you would have been busy getting into the Christmas spirit early. From delving into the loft, hunting out the Christmas tree and dusting off those Christmas lights to venturing out to your favourite place to buy the real deal ready to decorate and spread some early festive cheer. But how far do you go when it comes to getting your home ready for Christmas? Sometimes just putting up a tree is not enough – we’re on hand to offer some simple advice to help add a little Christmas sparkle to your home this December.

Dec those halls

Having a well-decorated hallway creates a great first impression of your home. As the first area that people step into, it’s vital to ensure your home welcomes people instantly, and what better way to do it with some beautiful Christmas decor. If you’re in the process of selling your home, we would advise you to keep things simple, think less overbearing Santa’s grotto, instead try a few well-placed accent Christmas pieces.

Stuck for ideas, why not start with dressing the stairs in the hallway with a classic garland. The trick to creating a beautiful stair garland is to layer it up. Twirl the garland around the newel post at the bottom of the stairs or thread the garland through the bottom of the balustrades. Start with a green faux foliage base, intertwine fairy lights, and then embellish with your chosen Christmas colour theme. We love the traditional festive palette of green leaves, red holly berries and gold baubles, but you can choose whichever colours you like. Go one step further by adding handmade dried oranges, pumpkinos, cinnamon sticks and orange slices to create a gorgeous Christmassy smell when people walk in.

Find your yuletide style

Just like home trends change every year, so do Christmas decoration trends, and this year is no exception. Traditional greens, reds and golds are here to stay, but this year has seen the emergence of a range of different colourways to suit different tastes.

If you’re a fan of luxurious deep hues, why not try deep forest green, rich plums, and flashes of gold. Or if you like something a little lighter, why not try shimmering shades of blush, icy blue or frosted white, swapping your usual tinsel for stems of pampas grass, luxurious candles, faux-fur and natural textiles. If this sounds a little tame for you, bright colours can still work, think luxe vibes, with pops of neon pink, yellow, and teal interspersed with funky artwork, comfy Christmas inspired cushions set on a cosy armchair in front of fire alongside a twinkly fairy light stacked log feature.

Take cosy Christmas chic to the bedroom

Usually, Christmas decorations are confined to downstairs, but why? Let’s brighten up the whole house after-all Christmas house guests or even prospective home buyers are not restricted to downstairs, so it makes sense to add a few Christmassy touches to your upstairs too. And it’s simple to achieve, change your bedsheets to noel-inspired ones, or even add a festive throw on top of your existing bed linen. Add a real Christmas tree to an unused corner, a few winter candles, oversized baubles to bedposts and scattered eucalyptus posies and garlands to the landing bannisters.

Perfect the art of holiday tablescaping

Tablescaping, yes that’s right, it’s a word, and a very up and coming popular trend indeed. Considered a must-have for hosts wishing to create the perfect Christmas backdrop and ambience, tablescaping is the art of creating a picture-perfect table, usually combining a centrepiece with individual place settings. At Christmas, tablescaping gets elevated to the highest level, with people opting to spend hours putting together the perfect scene. People choose a specific colour scheme, matching their tablecloths, napkins, and placemats. Fancy having a go, start with a centrepiece and work out from there. Choose complementary colours for embellishments like candlesticks and candles, glassware and cutlery and match up your napkins and tablecloth. We love a scandi look – think natural wood, forest green, foliage, with subtle sparkly silver placemats and iridescent glassware.

Create a festive focal point

Since lockdown, home bars have taken off, and it’s not a trend that’s going away. A great addition to a Christmas Soiree, a home bar can be as big or as small as you like. Transform a shelf or sideboard, repurpose an old cabinet or go all out by buying a stylish art deco drinks trolley, especially good if you’re short of space. Aside from housing an array of wines, spirits, mixers to get the party started, they look stylish, a focal part of a room, embellish your bar with fairy lights, pretty glassware and bar accessories, or adorn with a few sprigs of holly, or a eucalyptus garland.

We hope we’ve given you some great ideas to help get your home ready for Christmas. If you’re thinking of selling your home this Christmas, we can help you with this too. Why not get ahead of the New Year rush. The number of post-Christmas home buyers browsing for properties on Rightmove increases every year. Last year visits on Boxing Day were 54% higher than the year before. We market your property on many of the UK’s leading property websites, ensuring that your house will be seen by millions of potential buyers every month.

At Check 4 Houses, we sell properties in Fleet, Farnborough, Aldershot, Basingstoke, Camberley, Yateley, Farnham and beyond. We deliver a genuine, reliable and professional house selling service for up to half the cost of a traditional high street agent. We can sell your home from just £899 or 0.5% +VAT – saving you thousands in agency fees. Please give us a call on 01252 819725 to find out more, and we would be delighted to arrange a free, no-obligation valuation of your home.