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Christmas Decoration Inspiration 2014

I love Christmas, particularly the opportunity to decorate my home, and give it some extra special sparkle to welcome family and friends over the festive period. It’s great to let your creativity run a bit wild, and have some fun, after all it’s only temporary and can all be packed away ’til next year without leaving any permanent signs.

There are lots of different design styles to choose from this year, some that have been around for a while, so you can update and add to what you already have, or you could have a complete makeover of your decorations and go for something new and different.  You can however, get a bit attached to decorations, they often have sentimental value and happy memories associated with them from Christmas’s past, so I like to mix and match and add new ones, putting some away, and perhaps re-using them again next year.

43954_1[1]This year I will be re-hanging some lovely paper snow-flakes I had last year, to create a magical display in my dining room, tapping into the vintage trend that is still with us, but I will be having a red and gold theme in my conservatory, inspired by a lovely Chinese lantern I bought earlier in the year for an amateur dramatics production I was involved in.  Not sure what trend this is though, but of course you don’t have to follow any trend, just go with what you love, and what works best in your home.

Here are a few themes and ideas to inspire you:

Glorious Metallics – this trend has been around for a while, mainly base on gold and silver decorations, but during 2014twelve_shiny_copper_baubles_x-shinybaub_2_[2] copper has seen a big revival in interiors, particularly for lighting, and I have noticed that there are some copper coloured decorations in the shops this year.  These could be incorporated beautifully with existing silver and gold decorations you may already have, giving a contemporary and stylish look to your room. These lovely baubles from Cox and Cox could be just what you need to update your tree this year.

WGHPG_XS14_24_EEL[1]Tranquility – This is a new trend, based on shades and textures of white contrasted with deep evergreens, evoking silent snow filled pine forests. A lovely way to introduce this would be to decorate a mantle piece with simple white candles and winter evergreens such as pine,  holly and bay leaves, carrying the theme onto your Christmas day dinner table, keeping it all very simple and elegant.

Jewel Colours – gorgeous shades of purple, emerald green, ruby and the very trendy turquoise are always lovely at Christmas, I love to see a tree decorated in this way, with sparkling lights bouncing off the baubles, givin233486847alt9[1]g a richness and opulence that is lovely to see at this time of year.  You could combine two trends with these baubles from John Lewis, jewel colours in vintage shapes.

scandi-branch-christmas-tree-33120-p[ekm]233x349[ekm][1]Natural Textures – Layer textures of natural fibres, outdoor finds such as twigs, pine cones for a gentle more rustic look. I love this twig Christmas tree from Rockett st. George, minimal, scandi and rustic, three current trends all in one object!  That keeps your Christmas decorating nice and fuss free if that’s what you prefer.

Fun Stuff – this is a great new trend if you want to inject a bit of young-at-heart into your KGUAX_XS14_50_F[1]Christmas decorating, or you have little ones to please.  There are lots of knitted or felt animals, birds  and novelty shapes out there, together with jolly Father Christmas’s and snowmen, and of course penguins, which are huge this Christmas.  I think these sweet mitten garlands from White Company are a great example of this trend.

Happy decorating!

 

 

Inspirational Christmas Decorating Ideas for your Home

Decorating the home at Christmas has a lot to do with personal taste and there are many approaches to it.  You may have decorations that you bring out every year, as they have personal and sentimental value;  you may decorate to match your interior design colour and style; decorating purely on what’s the latest trend this year may be the way to go, or it could be a mix of all of these.  I thought I would give you some inspiration to update your Christmas decorating this yearwith a few new trends and styles I have identified.

 

Festive Neutrals – for several years now neutrals have been big news in interior design, and they are now making their way into Christmas decorating, to ensure imagesO2C95E1Lthat the design conscious have a fully co-ordinated Christmas look!  You are layering whites, greys and beiges to give a lovely, gentle festive look to your home.  The most important thing to remember is to add texture to ensure that the room doesn’t look bland and uninteresting, so add layers of faux fur throws, cushions in soft velvet and wool fabrics. For the tree go for sparkly metallic baubles, lots of twinkly white lights and snowflake and star ornaments.

Chocolate and Mint – the inspiration for this look is a walk through a pine forest covered in spimagesF69UAR03arkling white frost and a delicious cup of hot chocolate when you get back inside, preferably looking at that wonderful view! This would make a lovely theme to decorate the Christmas dinner table with, you could use frosted greenery with pinecones for the table centre, light lots of silver candles for soft lighting, napkins would be crisp white cotton dressed with sprigs of winter greenery and silver dishes piled with chocolate mints for after the meal would make the final finishing touch

Scarlett and White – this theme has been popular for a while now and it is certainly a timelimagesDVWX40KWess look.  It is bright and fresh and vintage and hand-made touches can be used to great effect, introduce some silver to give the look an update.

Natural Elements – I identifiimagesHVURXBGNed this as a trend last year and I think it is still with us.  Natural elements work well with a neutral decorating scheme, helping to bring in those essential textures that are needed to give the room that extra dimension.  Think of using lots of natural greenery, berries, pinecones, twigs and rustic style decorations with church candles in simple holders.

The most important thing to remember when decorating is to have fun with it, it all doesn’t have to match, choose what you love to give your home your own special style to welcome your family and friends over the festive season.

 

Where do all those Christmas decorating traditions come from?

A History of Christmas Decorating

The tradition of using evergreens to brighten the home at the darkest time of the year began in the pagan era: at the time of the winter solstice throughout Europe bonfires were lit and houses were decorated with evergreens. The Roman celebrating the feast of Saturnalia, held at the same time of year, used evergreen garlands to decorate their homes.

The use of evergreens at this time of year as a decoration in the home was clearly pagan in origin, the early Christian Church cheerfully adopted this practice, and gave the plants Christian meanings

Tudor Christmas

In Tudor England we did not have Christmas trees, although they were around in 16th century. It is a Baltic/northern German tradition and even then it is not recorded until 1520. The first known record of a Christmas tree was in Riga, Latvia in 1510 which was then part of Germany.

They would have used natural ever greens like holly, ivy, yew, mistletoe, box and laurel to decorate the home but would have waited until Christmas Eve as it was thought to be unlucky to do it before.

The more modern tradition of fairy lights is said to originate from the 16th century.  Legend has it that Martin Luther was walking in the snow covered woods and was so struck by the beauty of seeing the stars through the trees that he took a tree home and put candles on it, and that’s why we have fairy lights!

Georgian Christmas

Evergreen plants continued to be used to decorate in the late 1700s and early 1800s.The aromatic leaves of bay, rosemary, ivy and yew were used on fireplaces and garlands, swags and wreaths made from holly were used staircases.Mistletoe would only have been found below stairs at this time because many churches banned it as a decoration because it was considered pagan and a bit risqué!

Christmas back then was a totally different celebration. In Georgian England celebrations extended over the traditional 12 days of Christmas and Christmas Day itself would have been a fairly low-key affair.

Christmas trees were first introduced to England by German-born Queen Charlotte, wife of George III. As early as Christmas 1799 she had a tree at Windsor Castle decorated with small candles, strings of almonds and raisins and gifts for the children.

Victorian Christmas

When we celebrate Christmas with family and friends, we have the Victorians to thank for many of its joyful festivities and delightful customs. They revived old traditions, such as carolling, and invented new ones such as sending Christmas cards.

Queen Victoria had a Christmas tree at Windsor Castle and in 1848, an etching of Victoria, Albert, and their children gathered around their decorated tree was published in The Illustrated London News. As a result, Christmas trees became the popular fashion in England and the focal point of the Victorian family Christmas. German settlers had brought the custom to America, but when the same illustration of Victoria and her family appeared in Goody’s Lady’s Book in 1850, Christmas trees became even more popular in America then in England.

What made the Victorian Christmas tree so special was its elaborate decoration. These included gingerbread men, marzipan sweets, fruit, paper fans, small tin toys and whistles, pine cones, nuts, berries, and trinkets of all kinds. Paper cones filled with nuts, sweets and other treats were the Victorian favourite.  Hand-dipped candles were placed carefully on each of the branches. A Christmas doll or angel could usually be found adorning the top of the tree.

Later in the century imported ornaments from Germany began to replace the homemade ones. First came glass icicles and hand-blown glass globes called kugels. Dresdens, which were embossed silver and gold cardboard ornaments, took exotic shapes–moons, butterflies, fish, birds, ships, animals and  flowers .

20th Century

During the 30’s and 40’s electric tree lights began to be produced, and after WWII they replaced candles, making it possible for Christmas trees to glow for days on end.  By the 1950’s mass production meant that artificial decorations became  very common and there was a move away from natural decorations. Decorations were bright and colourful and artificial tinsel trees replaced natural ones. Paper and foil garlands were popular.
In the later part of the 20th century there was a swing back to natural decorations also a revival of the traditional Victorian look. New themes and conceptual ideas come and go but the traditional look of Christmas remains ever popular.

Now you can have a beautifully decorated home this Christmas

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Christmas Interior Decoration Tips

How we decorate our homes at Christmas is a very personal choice. We may just love to decorate however the mood takes us, but sometimes we may need a bit of guidance or inspiration and using interior design principles can help us to make pleasing choices and follow a more co-ordinated path.
When first considering decorating for Christmas it helps to look the design style your home already follows. Is it cool and minimal, warm and cosy, classical, eclectic. cottagey, or do you follow Scandinavian design? To achieve a co-ordinated look it is probably best to stick to your design style and continue this into your Christmas decorating. Cool and minimal would probably not mix too well with a traditional Victorian style theme.

Colour choice also plays an important part in choosing a Christmas design style and again interior design principles can be applied here. Let’s look at the interior design colour wheel for our inspiration.

A monochromatic scheme which uses one colour and all its tints and tones gives a beautifully co-ordinated look and is easy to match into your current décor.
A harmonious scheme that uses three or four adjacent colours on the wheel again gives a wonderfully complex and rich colour scheme and lends itself well to jewel colours which are particularly lovely at Christmas.
Complementary and triadic schemes are the Christmas classic, this is where complementary colours from the opposite sides of the colour wheel are used to great effect, think of red and green holly leaves and berries. This type of scheme can also inject fresh ideas into Christmas decorating using more unusual colour combinations to truly reflect your own home’s current décor. You could pick an accent colour to decorate in to complement the colours already used in your home.

As well as colour, try to add texture and interest in other ways. Use throws, rugs, cushions, fresh flowers, foliage and fruit, pinecones and berries and metallic accents to really bring your scheme to life.

Colour schemes to inspire:
Traditional red and green
Stylish red and white
Glamorous gold
Contemporary brights – purple, blue and green
Deep and mysterious – Burgundy and brown with pewter accents
Opulent jewels colours – amethyst and turquoise
Soft pastels – pinks and lilacs with silver

Christmas themes
You may love a particular interior design style and want to carry this through for example minimalist, Scandinavian style, opulent, rustic, vintage chic. So look out for products that reflect this style and build up your collection year on year.

Trends in Christmas interior decoration 2012
You may like to follow current fashions and decorate according to this year’s style. Trends to watch this year are:
Green and white – frosted green branches
Folk – hand made and craft led
Metallic – pewter and bronze
Rustic charm – simple homespun style.

Christmas tree decorated to match room colour scheme