Capture the magic of Christmas with these easy ways to make your home more festive.

Choose the right Christmas tree

Before you start looking for that dream Christmas tree, it’s important that you find one that fits. Measure the area you intend to display it in before you leave the house, factoring in the size of the stand. Choose a well-lit spot where the tree will stand out, away from radiators and not easily accessible by pets and children. If you have space by your front window, a beautifully decorated tree makes a festive window display.

If you’re buying a real tree, then look for one that’s been freshly cut with bright, shiny needles. The best way to choose a good tree is to give it a strong shake – the fewer needles that fall off, the better. There are many different sizes, colours and shapes of tree available if you’re looking for a fake one – have a look online and choose something that goes with your décor.

Decorate the front of your home

There are lots of ways to decorate the outside of your house. What you decide to do will depend on your individual taste, although if you are considering a huge, lit up display you may want to discuss it with your neighbours. A wreath also adds a splash of festive colour to any door. This guide from The Evening Standard explains how you can make your own wreath.

Make your home smell like Christmas

Smell evokes emotions more readily than other senses. Make your home smell Christmassy and people will immediately feel more festive. You can invest in candles, incense and potpourri or save money by making a “simmer pot” recipe on the hob – a popular recipe uses orange peel, apple slices, cloves and cinnamon sticks. Experiment until you find your favourite scent.

Create a festive table

Invest in some Christmassy plates and cutlery and use them throughout December. Either buy a set you like outright or add a new piece each year – it can be fun looking for that perfect new addition to the table. Now work on your centrepiece – there are many different types to consider. If you’re looking to step away from the traditional candles, go for a woodland theme.

Turn off the lights

Twinkling lights, be it fairy-lights or candles, are a special part of the Christmas décor. Surround yourself with shimmering lights and turn off the main lights to create a most festive ambience.

So, what are you waiting for? Pull out your favourite Christmas jumper, put your favourite Christmas film on the TV, grab a glass of mulled wine and start decorating!