Whether you’ve left it to the last minute or just want some inspiration for finishing touches, our seasonal decorating guide is brimming with beautiful buys and good ideas. In the third of our series of four festive looks we consider illuminating décor elements…

1. A tangle of twinkling white lights brings life to a plain wall, and makes an effective backdrop to other decorative arrangements, as this setting from Ikea shows.

2. This trio of tiny tin houses, lit inside by tea lights, looks charming lined up on a shelf.

3. This beribboned gold-plated heart from Georg Jensen’s Christmas Collectibles range not only sets the tone at a festive place setting, but makes a very special gift for a guest to take home.

4. Suspend delicate strings of fairy lights in front of a mirror or window for a shining double-impact effect.