How do you decadently dress your home for Christmas, without sacrificing style?
Well, style is something that you don't have to sacrifice these days as the plethora of Christmas products available cater for all tastes and styles. In addition, the move towards all things artisan, handmade and personalised means that if you can't find what you're after on the market, you, or someone else, can make just what you want for you. Either way, the result will be a beautifully decorated, totally coordinate and personalised festive home.
You no longer have to go with traditional red and green used with pine garlands and trees, a much more contemporary look can be achieved.
The key is to keep to a theme or style and not too mix it up too much. Be sympathetic to the colour scheme or decor in specific rooms, or use a neutral style throughout the house that will blend in, yet create festive charm at the same time. Metallics are great for this as all metallics are neutral. My personal favourite is gold and silver used together. Gold tones give you warmth and character while silver empathises with the crisp frosty tones of bright, snow white, winter mornings. White fairly lights on clear flex can be used anywhere and everywhere to add winter charm without sacrificing style or clashing with your colour scheme.
You don't have to have a traditional Christmas tree. Go for a modernistic metallic or wire famed tree and decorate it with simple items in contemporary colours such as small presents for guests to open on Christmas day, or clear or coloured glass droppers.
You don't have to have a tree at all. You can decorate your home with your chosen Christmas colour scheme in any number of ways from table and mantle decorations to contemporary wreaths and garlands, or even metallic beaded or embroidered cushions for some subtle Christmas sparkle.
An interesting, sculptural piece is sometimes all you need to add festive style. A branch sprayed in silver, for example and set in a simplistic tall vase, or a steel bucket with just a few accessories and some lights, can make an impressive, statement, piece too. Look through 'festive eyes' at what other everyday objects can be 'beautified' for the Christmas season.
Particularly effective is a collection of oversized baubles suspended from varying lengths of metallic twine or ribbon, (in the corner of a room (possibly where the tree would have normally been) where it is unlikely anyone will walk in to them. The effect is arty, stylish and inexpensive.
There is an amazing array of ideas for unusual hand-made and home-made decorations these days as well, that you could really make an outstanding, unique and personalised display with. So challenge yourself to do something a bit different and unique in your home this Christmas. You’re guaranteed to create a talking point which will get a great reaction from all your visitors, not to mention a fair few compliments!
For lots of festive inspiration, inspirational images and DIY tutorials, check out our ‘Christmas Decor and Decorations’ board on Pinterest.