It’s arrived. The most wonderful time of year. The time for decorating our homes with festive cheer, twinkly fairy lights and wreaths aplenty. We chat to April Bowden, the brains behind Home Luxe Co, to get the lowdown on how to add winter charm to your home this Christmas…
For a stylish effect, establishing a theme is essential. Stick to one theme throughout your home using one colour palette or particular festive style. For example, opt for a winter wonderland theme, Nordic or traditional – each comes with a different colour palette and taste in mind. Focus on designated areas such as the front door, hallway, stairs, tree and mantlepiece – these focal points are ideal for showcasing yuletide joy.
Candles, candles and more candles. Nothing says Christmas like the lovely glow of candles – pair it with a wintery cinnamon and spiced apple scent, and any room will be filled with festive cheer. Try clustering your candles on a tray or use battery-powered candles which are equally as effective. The Christmas range from Notes of Northumberland or The White Company are definitely worth looking at.
Front door decoration
In lockdown lots of doors were given a new lease of life with a fresh coat of paint, door handles and newly-fitted glass – now is the time to light them up and show them off. This Christmas, adorn your front door with a wintery wreath – the bigger the better! Or, choose to cluster a few branches together as an alternative. Add lights and your home will be oh-so inviting.
Dress it up
Many households dress their fireplace, which has become almost as important as dressing the tree. Large pillar candles, garlands and fairy lights are our recommendations and will match most festive themes.
A top tip would be to invest in good quality decorations. Christmas decoration don’t have to be expensive. Invest well and your decor will last for years – plus, every year when it comes to pulling the decs back out again, they’ll feel brand new.
Bring the outside in
Sprigs of holly, mistletoe and berries in glass vases can instantly transform an empty space – and make it smell amazing!
Use gifts as decor
Why spend all that time on wrapping gifts to perfection if you’re not going to show them off? Place them on the staircase and brighten up your hallway or pop them under your tree for a traditional effect.
Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2020 is ‘Classic Blue’. Navy pairs beautifully with so many colours, including white and/or silver, gold, platinum/champagne, blush, and even red – making it the perfect colour to use as the basis of your festive decor.