Dress­ing up your down­stairs

Bring a Yule­tide glow to your cook­ing, eat­ing and en­ter­tain­ing ar­eas

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Whether it’s a grown-up do, or you’re en­ter­tain­ing all ages, think how best to make your down­stairs en­ter­tain­ing spa­ces work for you.

Space savvy

Be re­al­is­tic about the space you have – if you’re host­ing mul­ti­ple guests, is there space for a tree in your liv­ing room, or could you place it else­where and dec­o­rate fire­places and fur­ni­ture tops in­stead? For ex­tra seat­ing, try comfy floor cush­ions.

Cosy corner

Adorn­ing so­fas and arm­chairs with faux-fur throws and plenty of cush­ions fea­tur­ing fes­tive mo­tifs will ramp up the snug fac­tor in­doors. If you don’t have a work­ing fire, cre­ate a sim­i­lar am­bi­ence by group­ing to­gether some pil­lar can­dles.

Think lat­er­ally

Smaller spa­ces can still pack a fab­u­lously fes­tive punch. Why not run gar­lands across ceil­ing beams, or try a hang­ing cen­tre­piece above your dining ta­ble, sus­pend­ing a branch or beam from ceil­ing hooks and dec­o­rat­ing it with baubles. Or for a small-scale ver­sion, try hang­ing light­weight baubles off an over­head lamp­shade or ceil­ing pen­dant light. Add dec­o­ra­tive pieces, such as ce­ramic antlers or over­sized wooden stars, to walls, too.

great idea Layer up cush­ions that tone in with your decs and gift wrap! Gower large Aubergine vel­vet sofa, £1,099; Gower rec­tan­gu­lar foot­stool, £439, both DFS

In­cor­po­rate fire­wood into your decor. Ac­ces­sories from a range at Amara

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