If the thought of climbing onto the roof to string up Christmas lights is sending shivers down your spine, you're not alone. But, you don't have to go all out in decorating your home for the festive season! Here are 5 of our favourite simple Christmas decorating ideas that will transform your home into a holiday haven.
A wreath or garland made out of pine branches has a festive feel without looking too flashy, plus it will fill your home with the glorious smell of pine. Or, if you're not into pine, you can use any other sort of florals you have on hand to add a nature-inspired twist to the traditional decorations. This Australian native Christmas wreath was crafted with a faux wreath as it's foundation, so you don't have to start from scratch either.
Alternatively, pine cones half dipped in metallic paint are a great decorative element to display on the mantel or open shelving — and they also work fantastically as substitute baubles. If you'd rather a more minimalist approach to the Christmas tree, you can also simply spray paint a branch and decorate it with ornaments instead.
White candles are an elegant and inexpensive addition to any room no matter what time of year it is. Display them in groups to create a simple centrepiece or opt for scented candles to add a hint of fragrance and ambience by placing them in corners of a room. If you're aiming for something more elaborate there's plenty of decorative candles on the market that you can use as a featured highlight in your candle arrangements.
TREE WITH A TWIST
If you prefer a more pared-back approach to Christmas, a small fiddle-leaf tree placed into a metal basket or woven carry-all is a charming, yet fuss-free Christmas tree alternative. Or do what our family did; our parents planted a real Christmas tree outside and we had alfresco mornings in the sunshine opening presents in the glorious outdoors—after all, we live in Australia so why not enjoy the summer day?
You don't always have to run to the shops and fill up your trolley with new ornaments and baubles—why not try a more hands-on approach this year? Use beautiful vintage or unusual pillowcases in lieu of Christmas stockings, it's a gorgeous way to appreciate the linen you have invested in.
Christmas doesn't always mean red and green and sometimes, it's the classic colour palette that can throw us. Give the flick to the traditional colour combo, and why not try just pairing one highlight colour with some neutrals and a metallic?
Shelley Street's DIY Christmas uses navy, white and gold as a colour palette, and interior designer Anna Cayzer uses a rustic white, brown and muted green Mediterranean-style combination. Take a look at some of our favourite Christmas styles for some more inspiration.