Posted:10th December, 2023

Deck the halls of your new build home this Christmas

It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year, and your new build home is the perfect canvas for the festivities. Here are our tips on decorating your new build home for Christmas this year.

Christmas Decor

Fake it til you make it, or keep it real?

Christmas tree farms will tell you that a real tree is the most sustainable option and the clear winner because they’re natural, when they’re felled, a new tree is planted, they can be recycled, and their transportation emissions are much lower than an artificial tree - all of which is true!

However, according to The Carbon Trust, it’s all about how the tree is reused and disposed of. An artificial tree can be reused for around 7 to 20 years. A 6ft5 artificial tree is responsible for around 40kg of greenhouse gas emissions, and if you use it 10 times, it’s more environmentally friendly than a real tree.

As long as you approach it with a sustainable mindset (reuse and recycle), the decision ultimately comes down to preference for the style of your new home!

Wreath it and weep

Is there anything better than arriving home and seeing doors adorned with twinkly wreaths and garlands?

‘Tis the season for wreath and garland making workshops! They often include working with natural materials, so when the festive period is over, they can be recycled. You also get to tailor their look to your home style.

Wreaths can be fixed on your front door with no damage. As for garlands, they spruce up interiors by being laid on mantles or window ledges and wrapped around bannisters. Try to avoid using pins or nailing anything heavy into your plaster within the first year, they’ll look great in December, but you’ll spend the next 11 months admiring the behind-the-scenes of your DIY handiwork.

The heart of the home

It is said that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and by extension, so is your dining table. It’s where most tend to gather for festivities during the Christmas season.

You don’t have to wait until the big day to decorate it, you can dress up your table as a festive masterpiece to set the tone ahead of time. Make your table as delicious to feast your eyes on as your Christmas dinner.

Pick out a table runner that fits your colour scheme. Add a centrepiece to give the table focus - you could even fashion one while making wreaths, which adds that ‘one of a kind’ touch. Try stacking decorative plates with dinner plates to create more of a ‘moment’ on the table. And, of course, it must be topped off with Christmas crackers for all.

Creating a festive feeling, inside and out

The outside of your new build home is just as important as the inside, giving children and adults something festive to glimpse as they walk past on a frosty evening.

It’s your home, so put your own stamp on it. That could be understated star-shaped fairy lights or a glimmering string of icicles. You can get pre-lit birch trees that sit beautifully outside a bay window or even thread a string through your shrubs. If that’s a little tame for you, go wild with magnificent reindeer, a waving snowman and even a ‘Santa stop here’ sign! You can make your house look like a glowing gingerbread house or a soft, sparkly winter wonderland.

There are flashing or static lights, white lights, and every colour of the rainbow lights. They come in candy cane shapes, sleigh bells and stars. Just ensure you’re using LED lights, which are the most efficient incandescent lights.

Don’t forget to send us some pictures of your new build home this Christmas - or tag us on Instagram at @russell.homes to show it off. In the meantime, if you’d like to find a new build home for the next festive period, take a look at our available homes or get in touch today.