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 that 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 sparkling 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 timeless 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 identified 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.