There’s a real buzz in the air, the Christmas ads are about to start on the TV and there’s talk of the number of weeks left until the big day. There can be no doubt, the calendar is about to flip over to the festive season, but how do you perfectly capture that festive feel in your home?
With decoration, there’s such a fine line between following trends and going overboard that it’s often a balancing act keeping everyone happy. Here are a few things to think about:
Keep things colourful – We often think about red, white, gold and green as the quintessential Christmas colours, but why not mix it up a little? Blues, silvers, and understated, autumnal tones can really work when it comes to Christmas. Consider what colours are popular at the moment and pick a few key choices from that when you’re happy with a combination.
Tree time – The Christmas tree is often the first thing on people’s minds when it comes to decoration. Traditional is fine, but if your decor demands it, why not go slightly more modern? Hanging trees upside down is an old tradition the Victorians used to utilise, but we’re seeing it creep more into more daring Christmas displays. If done well, it certainly has that unique ‘wow’ factor.
Think creatively – We know that’s a cover-all term, but what about using different ways of making your home seem festive. Instead of tinsel overload or objects hanging from every perceivable location, think subtle. Why not try bowls of baubles placed in strategic locations, or perhaps Winter foliage used in place of plastic? Natural additions to a theme that already has wreaths and a mix of tree sizes might add to a scene more effectively. Bring the outside in as the ancient traditions suggested, it can look stunning when applied subtly or with care.
Consider the environment – There’s a real focus on the environment and green credentials after a year full of activism from the likes of Extinction Rebellion and Greta Thunberg, so much so that every aspect of our lives is being looked at. If you do choose to have a living tree, then consider the way in which you dispose of it. Chipping is one option, which means it returns to the earth quicker. However, if you’re able to plant a tree out and let it grow all the better!