This Christmas, there are lots of lovely decorations in the shops to tempt us to try something a little different when it comes to festooning our homes for the festive season. With only a couple of weeks to go until the big day, lots of retailers are offering decent seasonal reductions on their decorative wares, so if you haven’t put the tree up, now is the time to do so!
Here are some key trends around this year and some tips on how to make them work in your home…
1. Winter Wonderland
When it comes to decorating your tree, mantelpiece or dining table, metallic touches and sparkles will always create an inviting atmosphere. Achieve your very own ‘Winter Wonderland’, keeping to a fairly traditional theme of gold, silver and winter white, but with warm rustic touches of natural crafted wood, animal motifs and smoked glass.
Choose large glass baubles, interspersed with an array of textures, including brushed gold, crackled silver, glittering snowflakes and carved wood. Make sure to include some woodland animals for a lovely homespun, Nordic feel. Hang a natural wreath from your front door put together with foraged finds for that warm winter welcome.
This look will suit your home if you love greys, neutrals and warm wood accents or even if you have an industrial edge to your decor. Make sure there is plenty of greenery along your mantelpiece entwined with twinkly lights, tall candles and metallic votives. Throw some faux fur or sheepskin over the sofa, layer up the textures with chunky knitted or felt cushions and woven blankets, then pile up the logs beside the fire for a truly cosy ambience reminiscent of a wood cabin in a snowy forest. Bliss!
Where to shop? House of Fraser, M&S, Søstrene Greene
2. Alpine Folk
The traditional Scandinavian look is always so popular at this time of year, which is hardly surprising as it conjures up the essence of that perfect Christmas of snow covered houses, twinkly, festive markets and cosy nights by the fire with a warming cup of mulled wine.
This look is for you if you love all things homely and cosy, with a classic palette of red and white, gingham checks and handcrafted decorations. The key to achieving the ‘folky’ look is to not keep things too orderly and fussy, yet create a sense of homeliness and rustic warmth in the home.
On your tree, hang an array of decorations with a homespun feel, such as hanging stars, hearts, felt reindeers, mini fairisle stockings and little silver bells. Beautiful painted nordic birds and horses can also feature in your decor for that extra folky feel.
3. Glittering Vintage
Perhaps for the braver amongst us, this Christmas trend is, however, a growing one, as our love for all things vintage continues to flourish. Centre your look around a pastel palette of sugary pinks, mint green, powdery blue and copper for that old-school glamorous feel of Christmases past, making sure to include lots of feathers, vintage glass trinkets and, of course… glitter!!
For a more art deco inspired style, mix in tones of champagne and blush and adorn your mantelpiece with metallic mirrored baubles, frosted greenery and lots of candles set into tall gold rimmed glass holders.
Alternatively, if you prefer a moodier vintage vibe, base your theme on classic gold and black with rich jewel-like accents of teal, emerald and burgundy. As long as there’s glitter and glamour, you’ve nailed the look!
This look will suit most homes, however particularly so if you have cream sofas, big gilded mirrors, faux fur accents and a soft, romantic vibe to your decor.
Where to shop? House of Fraser, Homebase, Matalan.
All that remains is for me wish you a very Merry Christmas and see you for more decor loveliness in 2017!
Author: Dekko Bird