8 Designers Share Their Christmas Interior Decorating Advice

Christmas has something of a reputation for flirting with the wrong side of kitsch, but there’s no denying that, when done well, a beautifully decorated home can evoke feelings of joy. Professional interior designers are well-versed in grappling with bold ideas and turning them into liveable schemes, so who better to take festive decorating advice from. 

Of course, if you happen to own one of Topfloor’s rugs like STARDUST or DRAGONFLY, your Christmas decorating task is much easier because they already set the scene with their festive colours and twinkling lights.

It all starts with a tree…

“I always get a Douglas fir as big and wide as our house permits,” says Thomas Griem, the architect behind T G Studio. He supplements this with “extremely well-made fake fir branches, which I drape over the mantelpiece and staircase”. Foot-high Nutcracker-style soldiers, sourced from Cologne’s Christmas market, perched among the evergreens.

Where there are trees, there is tinsel…

“I like it,” says Niloufar Bakhtiar-Bakhtiari of NBB Design. “It had a bad reputation for a while, but it’s coming back. It shouldn’t be overused, but I put a little on the tree, to bulk it up.”

Keep things fresh…

According to designer Scot Meacham Wood, variety is the spice of the festive season. He chooses to refresh his scheme every year, even putting different trees in each room of the house. He explains,  “My usual first step is to completely discard any idea that I’ve used before, that way, each year is new and exciting.”

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Revel in traditional ideas…

CeCe Barfield Thompson’s go-to decoration is the traditional garland. “They don’t take up much space and can be used in a number of ways that are child-friendly,” she says. “I use two magnolia leaves and tie them together at the top of my mirror so that they look like one large garland.”

Or rethink wreaths…

Have you considered swapping out your more traditional garlands for boxwood wreaths? Designer Amy Berry says she uses them throughout her house — in front of mirrors and tied to furniture. Why? “It’s not nearly as messy as garland can be,” Berry says.

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Feed the senses…

We all know the smells of the season, delicious aromas that instantly transport us to the most wonderful time of the year. Designer Frank Bostelmann says not to underestimate it. “Nothing gets that feeling going quicker than a bowl full of clove pierced oranges,” he says. “Or try a mulled wine with cinnamon.”

Throw the rule book away…

Take what you have and make the most of it, and don’t forget to add hints of your own individual style. “There are no rights or wrongs for a theme,” says Tor Vivian of Tor Interiors. “However, it is important to use materials that reflect the interiors – enhancing, not detracting, from your home. There are a lot of tasteless and brash Christmas decorations out there, but it doesn’t need to be like that.”

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The most important thing to remember is that you can highlight the existing headline features of a home. An investment in a bold, beautiful rug adds all-year-round festivity to any scheme. Browse for yourself at www.topfloorrugs.com