Posted in: Latest News, 9th November, 2021

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

The time of year for festivities has rolled back around, and we’re here to help you decide on how to decorate for your first new build home Christmas.

Porcelain white Christmas decorations and garland resting on counter

We presented lots of shiny new sets of keys to excited new build homeowners this year. The great thing about a new build home is that it comes brand new, with fresh paint and fixtures, which means it’s a blank canvas to personalise with your tastes.

Now new members of the Russell Homes community have had a chance to settle, it’s time to get out the Christmas boxes and turn your new build home into a winter wonderland. Some think it’s a daunting task, but we promise it will be full of festive cheer once you’ve got a direction to go. Here are a few pointers from decorating experts to get you going.

Choose a Colour Scheme

A colour scheme acts as a bit of a guide which is great for Christmas decorating. It means your decorations will complement each other throughout your home, and you won’t end up with random bits that don’t ‘fit’.

You can choose to keep it traditional with red and green or have a more modern feel with jewel tones or dusky pinks. You could even give yourself the white Christmas experience by keeping everything white and silver. Pick whichever colour scheme you decide compliments your home and tastes!

The Hallway

Most people solely focus on the main living spaces when decorating (which makes sense, you do spend most of your time living there) but don’t forget the hallway too. It’s the first thing you see when you walk through the door after a long day, so you’ll want to make sure you have a warm and festive welcome.

You may opt for a twinkly garland to wrap around the stairway bannister or even the interior door frame. The greenery and fairy lights make the room feel welcoming and provide a soft glow on a dark winter evening. You could even opt for a few baubles to reflect the light. Don’t forget to finish off with a bowl of magical chocolate coins for children (and grown-ups!) to dip into while passing by.

The Outside

Decorating the outside of the house isn’t for everyone, but it adds a sprinkle of festive cheer when you’re driving down the street or parking in your driveway. It’s also a nice opportunity to splash your personality on the outside for everyone to see.

You can opt for a multicolour approach with brightly coloured strings of bulbs lining the edge of the roof or over doorways. Or some like plain lights in warm gold or icy white. You can have static lights or flashing ones - just make sure they’re not flashing into a neighbour’s window!

The Tree

Many see the tree as the centrepiece of the Christmas decor. You can choose a real tree with a fresh pine scent. However, you’ll need to prepare for the possibility of tree shortages and increased prices this year experts have warned, due to post-Brexit regulations and and stretched labour market. You could opt for an artificial tree that can come pre-lit (so no tangling in the fairy lights) and can be boxed away for next year.

Whichever you choose, you can adorn with baubles and decorations of your chosen colour theme to tie in with the rest of the home decorations. Experts suggest placing baubles on branches but also further in the tree to help catch the light and give the illusion of depth and fullness. Don’t forget a show-stopping tree topper to finish off the decorating!

Would you like to decorate a new build home for Christmas next year? Register your interest in our new developments, The Oaks and Brook View, now.