A Christmas tree is the soul of the home during the festive season. Here are the top five tips to make sure all is matched for a relaxed festive atmosphere. With the current stress of the cost of living. One does never have to compromise how they make their Feng shui in their homes for December. I have endured a cold Christmas in Tuscany and the heating was a challenge. Here is what I did to stay snug and warm, using Christmas decorations.

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Candles can change the atmosphere and ambience of a room instantly. Not only the glow of a beautifully lit candle can cast a lovely feeling of cosiness to a room but also the scent can do that too. Choosing a scented candle can create a gorgeous smell in a room and can evoke a feeling of warmth and well-being and bring back memories of past winters. Adding a fragrant reed diffuser, oil/wax burner or plug-in gives the room a cosy feeling before you’ve even opened your eyes. Fragrances such as pine, cinnamon, spiced apple, clove, mulled wine and woody aromas are a must for this season!

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Garlands & Accessories

Using Christmas accessories such as bowls of pinecones or winter floral arrangements is a great way to make your room inviting and cosy. Whether it be faux foliage or freshness that you have gathered from the garden, this is a wonderful way to bring texture and the outside into your living area. Having a fireplace is unnecessary, as garlands can be placed on a sideboard or in the form of a wreath on a wall. Adding twinkling lights is another idea to create another lovely mood and display.

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A room should have at least one or two lamps depending on its size of it. During the holiday season, mood lighting is so important and can soften a room, as using the main pendant light in the room can at times be too strong. Another good way to make a home cosy is by merging mood lighting with the use of candlelight. This can really help create that snug feel and atmosphere. It also helps cut the cost of electricity, One must be mindful of a huge electricity bill due to the financial crisis.

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Rugs, blankets & Cushions

Rugs are such a focal point in any room. Rugs are not only for wooden or hard floors but for carpets too. The shaggier and softer the rugs are, the cosier they’ll make a home feel. They also help to keep the heat in during cold winter afternoons. Adding cushions, throws and blankets on your sofas as well as lined heavy curtains also add that cosy feel to a room. Not only do the blankets keep you snug and warm but adding textures such as knit, sheepskin, chenille and velvet also combine the cosy look and feel. Lots of red including what you are wearing.

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Velvet furnishing is also very elegant and cosy during the festive season.

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Paint Colours

According to designer Hamilton, pastel colours can look cold and harsher in the winter months and one way of warming up a room can be by using a warm dramatic paint colour. She recommends colours that are taken from nature in the autumn months, such as rich reds, terracotta and warm mustards, which can all bring depth and cosiness to a room.


If you have areas in your room that look bare, invest in a statement chair or sofa and create a cosy corner by adding a soft lamp on a small side table. This will help maximise your home space and create a welcoming atmosphere.

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Wallpaper features are cost-saving as you can have a dedicated room for festive fun all year round. Wear lots of green and use it for table cloth too.

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