No doubt that, like the rest of us, you’ve spent a lot more time at home this year than you planned to. All the more reason to spruce things up to usher in the festive cheer for the holidays. These are our top five décor tips for adding a dash of holiday cheer to your living space.

Pick a theme and stick to it

While traditionalists prefer green, red and white when it comes to festive decoration, that doesn’t mean you should follow suit. If you’re a fan of minimalist design, consider a clean and cool palate of white on white, a gold colour scheme will light up the tree for glam fashionistas, while if you’d like your festive style to take a more considered sustainable approach, consider incorporating natural textures and greenery from your garden. Whatever your taste, the trick is to ensure that you stick to your chosen colour scheme to build a uniform look throughout the home.

Make it personal

When it comes to decorating your tree, adding flourishes of your own personality to the tinsel will make it so much more special. Family and friends will appreciate the thoughtfulness of spotting mini frames of themselves dangling from the branches, while a good way of upcycling those old Christmas cards is by cutting them out, punching a hole through and attaching them with ribbons. If you’re looking for a festive activity for the young ones, bring out the paint brushes to get them to colour in the cards. Another activity bound to keep them occupied is making papier mache baubles from old newspapers which can be painted or sprinkled with glitter.

Circle Back

Perhaps it’s because we’re reminiscing for times gone by when things were a little less stressful than they are today, but this year the Christmas wreath is undoubtedly one of the must-have décor flourishes. For many a wreath is as essential as the Christmas tree – but this time around you needn’t only hang it on your front door.

Suspend it on a wall or from a high shelf – or place one on either side of a window - to create a striking festive moment.

My fav wreath this season is a stylish creation featuring glittering baubles and gilded pinecones from Joburg’s coolest floral magician, Bence Tallian, of Parkhurst florist and décor spot, The Gorgeous Shop (www.thegorgeousshop.co.za)

Create festive focal points

You don’t need to deck all the halls with holly to usher in the Christmas spirit – I prefer identifying zones in the home to tell a festive story. You can dress up a window with fairy lights and Christmas decorations hanging on one side, create a tableau of candles in vessels of different heights on a hallway table or drape tinsel and ribbons on the end of a bookcase to set the mood.

Turn the table

When it comes to sitting down to enjoy the Christmas feast, I believe that your décor should complement not overwhelm the spread laid out. It is also important to ensure that the table centrepiece isn’t too high so that you can easily make eye contact with guests seated on the opposite side of the table. Create a simple and memorable tablescape by meandering bunches of needled branches across the centre of the table, with tea-lights or candles dotted on either side. Add a few metallic baubles for a more glammed up look – or swap out the branches for twigs and pinecones if you prefer a more rustic feel.