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 to 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.
A Stylish & Colour Coordinted Christmas
If you’re looking to spruce up your living area/room for a stylish Christmas, then glam up for a colourfully elegant one with these sumptuous drapes and matching cushions for example.
These turquoise and gold curtains provide the perfect colour combination for adding mixed metallics to. Mixing metalics together in our interior schemes and teaming them with sumptuous velvet, chenille or pearlised finishes is bang On-Trend at the moment, so this collection couldn’t be more perfect for a Christmas interior that will stand the test of time once the decorations are stowed away for another year!
< And here's a great example of colour co-coordinating festive decor with an interior colour scheme like the one above; and incorporating the a fore mentioned mixed metallics to give it a touch of glamour ans seasonal sparkle, whilst still maintaining elegance and style too.
Picking an accent colour out of your interior decor in this way is very effective and pulls the look of the room and your Christmas decor together to look like a well planned and thought out scheme, just like a professional would do. And if you are more of a traditionalist and the Red and Gold combo is more your thing for Christmas then...ta -daaa!!.... Here's the same collection ion a sumptuous red and gold combo!
Go Traditional with On-Trend Tartan
And if you’re a true ‘die—hard’ Christmas Traditionalist and the full-on Santa’s workshop, log cabin and big comfy armchair kind of person, then you can never go far wrong with a tartan plaid for your interior scheme.
Tartans and stylish wool or wool-look plaids have been trending for a couple of seasons now and still remain popular into A/W 2015/16. So you need not worry that investing in a tartan scheme will be an expensive and short lived purchase just for the Christnas period. This look is elegant stylish and timeless. And if red isn’t your thing then fear not, simply pick your favourite on-trend shade of tartan and accessories your Christmas dec’s to that instead!
Decadent DecorationsYou 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, garlands, wall art; or simply some Christmas themed cushions to add some instant festive cheer. Even wrapping your existing cushions with some satin ribbon or fabric, to look like parcels wrapped with bows, is stylish and effective - not to mention thrifty and affordable!
Look through 'festive eyes' at what other everyday objects can be 'beautified' for the Christmas season.
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.
Particularly effective is a collection of oversized baubles suspended from varying lengths of metallic twine or ribbon. You could try this in the corner of a room where the tree would have normally been possibly, in a window recess, or over the dining table where it is unlikely anyone will walk in to them. The effect is arty, stylish and inexpensive.
Over sized stars are becoming increasingly popular in place of a traditional tree too; and as you can see from the images above and below........
......can be used in any number of stylish and arty ways to add a little un-predictable and slightly unusual Christmas charm!
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 personalized 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.