Get the Last-Minute Look: The UK’s Favourite Festive Films

by Nina

When it comes to December decorating we often turn to the likes of Pinterest for our interior inspiration, forgetting that one of the greatest places to style-steal our Christmas look is from our favourite festive films.

We explored the UK’s Google search habits to find out which Christmas movies are being searched for the most and have created a last-minute buyer’s guide to help you achieve that Christmas movie look.

*Drumroll please* -the UK’s favourite festive films and the regional breakdown of top Christmas movie lovers is as follows:

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Our homes are a reflection of our personality and redecorating for the Christmas season is no different. Just as people choose a ‘theme’ for their gift wrapping, we Brits are increasingly selective over our seasonal style.

Whether you love your grandma’s antique ornaments or think “the tackier the better” your holiday décor says a lot about you. From ‘The Throw It All On-er’ to ‘The Colour Co-ordinator’ and ‘Minimalist’ to ‘The Nostalgic Nanna’ – you’re bound to find your perfect movie match below.

If your festive interior has come up short against your vision, here’s how to get the last-minute look from the UK’s top merry movies…

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Named the UK’s favourite Christmas movie, Elf earns massive brownie points for tree creativity. From teddy bears to toys and even giant red flowers like Dark Red Fabric Poinsettia Clip from Christmas Time UK. To add playful charm, check out Etsy seller PrincessEtchaSketch, who has created bespoke Buddy the Elf Etch-A-Sketch Ornaments.

If you’ve left it to the last minute to get your tree and can’t be bothered with the hassle of lugging one home from the market, Scottish brand Pines and Needles offer tree hire, time-slot home delivery and a tree decorating service from their ‘Kilted Decorators’ – where do we sign up?

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Christmas wouldn’t be the same without the classic final scenes of Love Actually streaming on the TV whilst you brew a homemade batch of mulled wine (warming from the bottle and adding garnish classes as homemade, right?)

To get the Love Actually look you’ll need to hang an oversized Christmas sign in the living room and extend an invite to Hugh Grant. But if for some reason he’s busy, opt for something a little subtler like this Copper Christmas Wallart from Not on the High Street. And, of course nothing would be right without confetti – bulk buy these Confetti Cannon Poppers from Ginger Ray and keep some behind for New Years Eve, win-win.

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If there’s one thing you learn from It’s a Wonderful Life, it’s that Christmas really is all about family. Take a leaf out of George Bailey’s book and keep décor muted with statement pieces like this Eucalyptus & Winterberry Garland from The White Company – perfect for framing doorways and garnishing bannisters.

When it comes to the tree, go back to basics with classic gold and red colour combinations like these Copper Glass Baubles from Cox & Cox and dress the branches with threads of tinsel. If you’re up for a challenge get crafty and dry citrus fruits like orange slices and cranberries to add a traditional homemade touch to wreaths and trees.

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Transform your living space into a Santa’s grotto that’s sure to ignite childlike imagination – A Miracle on 34th Street style. Select timeless pieces that can easily be reinvented for the year ahead like this Gainsborough Carver Leather Armchair from The Chesterfield Company.

And, every family needs heirloom decorations to pass down through the generations and this 2016 edition of the Hugh Christmas Bear from Harrods is the perfect place to start – the kids will be fighting over who gets it first.

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If the McCallister household isn’t already on your ‘dream home’ Christmas wish list, it should be – if not only for the prime chances to booby-trap family members this party season.

Home Alone is the classic Christmas movie, filled with nostalgic charm but one thing that’s often overlooked is the sheer amount of interior inspiration that fills our screens – and this is one family who always went all-out. From festive wallpaper, like this Self-Adhesive Snowy Trees mural available on Not on the High Street, to the plush red curtains that dress the windows – like this pair of Meadow Red Pencil Pleats from Whiteheads at To finish off the look get your hands on some Multicoloured LED Lights from B&Q – jobs a good’un.

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