|It’s that time of the year again, when we all dash to freezing garden centres and tree barns, before struggling home with a fir-filled car boot. After the challenges of 2020, this festive season feels particularly special – so if you’re looking to make a little extra impact, here’s our guide to decking the halls in style.|
1. Timeless meets on-trend
Quite rightly, this year is all about joyful brights and colourful celebrations. Traditional deco-scapes of red, green and gold meet contemporary accents, with magenta and cobalt bringing a bit of zing to festive schemes. Whether you’re keeping things low-key or going all-out, decide on your colours first. It’s always step one for any great design, helping to keep things neat and cohesive.
After choosing a colour scheme, you should think about your overarching theme. Be it vintage, Scandi, transitional or pop brights, nailing down colours and a loose direction can help create a pulled-together look. Especially at a time of year when shops are full of temptation and distraction!
2. Wishlists of wonder
If you know you’re a bit of a magpie, make sure you review your collection before you go shopping for more. Pop on a festive tune, pop open the sherry or mince pies, and lay out your haul. You can then select what’s going to work with this year’s theme and just shop to fill the gaps. Everything else goes back into storage – or maybe into a child’s bedroom, where novelty bits-and-bobs will go down a treat.
3. Dress the tree – and deck the halls
No tree is complete without a cluster of presents – and a little thought for wrapping paper goes a long way. Choose a design that will complement your colours and theme for a beautifully considered centrepiece.
While your Christmas tree may be a focal point, there are plenty of other areas crying out for a festive makeover. And those sometimes-overlooked spots can be perfect for the little ornaments that don’t fit with your theme – but you can’t bear to leave out.
Weave an ivy wreath or string of baubles down your stairs. Create the warmest welcome by adding scented candles and a glass vase of decorations to the hallway. Raise a smile with a garland around the mirror and festive touches in the guest loo – because who doesn’t love a holiday hand towel!
And don’t forget your other, year-round plant pots – we often drape house plants with delicate string lights to bring a little light to dark winter corners.
4. Discover the art of tablescaping
Even if you’re not lunching at home, adding candles, standalone ornaments or a bunch of foliage to the dining table will help foster that festive spirit. We also love a big ribbon on the back of each chair.
5. For once, more is more…
Yes, we said it. This is the one time of year when you really can’t overdo it. Repetition is an easy way to make a statement, so don’t be afraid to keep adding. Symmetry is your friend here, so think about working in multiples. Two wreathes either side of a fireplace, or a cluster of nutcrackers, reindeer or stars on a shelf, for example.
4. But where to shop?
We always love John Lewis at this time of year. TK Maxx is fantastic for seasonal candles from luxury brands like Neom, plus Christmas crockery and linens. And it simply wouldn’t be Christmas without The White Company’s Winter Candle on the go. Their super-chic décor is great for a winterscape or silver theme, and we also spotted some Scandi neutrals, traditional candles and lovely mirrored trays in H&M that would work well too.
Anthropologie is our go-to for well-made, good fun decorations. Ebay is great for vintage glass baubles and, if you’re quick, there’s still time to support a local business and grab a personalised piece from Etsy.
Remember – it’s the most wonderful time of the year, so whatever you do, just enjoy it. And don’t forget to test the tree lights before you put them on…
Happy holidays and happy decorating, from all of us at RoomLab.