There’s nothing quite as cosy as cuddling up at home surrounded by Christmas lights. Whether your style is traditional, minimal, Nordic or kitsch, Christmas decorations fill the home with a little festive magic.
Read our tips below for getting the perfect festive feel in your home.
Harmonise with Your Décor
For the most flattering festive style, follow the style cues from your interior choices. Sleek, minimalist homes are a great match for minimalist decorations in cool tones – and if you’ve got a touch of glam in your décor, then add a few Christmas crystals! If your style is more rustic, a Nordic style with craft touches will compliment your look.
To create continuity through your home, try and have a nod to your overall theme in every room you decorate, whether that’s just hanging a bauble or two on your kitchen cabinets, or having the same colour tinsel wrapped around something in each room. If you’re going for a colour scheme with lots of colours, try and pick one colour to “lead” the style of each room, and tie it all together with ribbons or garlands that incorporate all the colours in connecting rooms and corridors.
Choosing your Colours
There is no right or wrong colour scheme for Christmas, but there are themes that will flatter some homes more than others. If your home is full of warm tones, reds and gold will complement your décor best, for cooler tones, blues and silvers will flatter your style.
That said, if your home style is monochromatic, or features lots of white, a bright pop of zingy red or green can create a gorgeous focal point for your festive display.
You can also match your colours to your theme – Classic Christmas styles lend themselves best to red and gold, or silver and green, where Nordic and minimalist styles looks best with white and silver.
To create a gorgeously harmonious décor theme, choose a monochromatic colour theme, with decorations in all hues and shades of your chosen colour. Add texture with garlands, textured baubles and nosegays to for the perfect finishing touch.
Creating the Perfect Tree
The Christmas tree is always the crowning jewel of any homes Christmas décor, so making it look beautiful is vital to bring the whole look together.
If you use a fake tree – don’t forget to fluff the branches to make your tree look fabulously full. Once the tree is out of the box, give it a good 20-30 mins of arrangement and fluffing time – if you invest a little time at the start, it will pay dividends with the finished product.
When it comes to hanging baubles, start from the inside out, using plain baubles as a base, (a cheap multi-pack will work wonders) then add in more decorative or expensive items once you have a basic coverage of colour. To give the tree a sense of depth, hang larger baubles closer to the centre of the tree, and use smaller ones nearer the end of branches.
Trends for 2019
Some Christmas traditions stay with us forever, but just like fashion and interior design, Christmas trends change every year. While it always adds a little something special to include old decorations or traditional elements every year, if you want your home to look on-vogue for 2019 – these are the Christmas colour schemes of the year.
- Natural Christmas – There’s still a place for tinsel and baubles in this eco-friendly theme, just interspersed with more natural elements, like twig garlands, pine cones and sprigs of holly.
- Blue Christmas – Bring a touch of whimsical glamour to your home by introducing hints of peacock, cerulean and aquamarine into your white and silver colour scheme.
- Lots of Lights – Everyone feels a cosy glow at Christmas, but this year it’s all about getting that glow to the max! Use rope lights, fairy lights and candles to create a warm ambiance in your decorating.