The season of feasts and festivities is upon us! With family and friends visiting, be it just popping in unexpectedly for a mince pie or staying over the Christmas weekend, you want your home to be welcoming and festive. And even if you are not expecting guests, a touch of Christmas spirit is always good at this dark time of year.
With a theme of alpine chalet style or silver and glitz, candles and lighting are always key at Christmas and this year LED decorations are everywhere. Garlands with subtle lights, twig trees with LED tips – on which you can hang your own decorations of leave bare – and glass trees with lights within, all add a glow to your home. Particularly striking this year are glass baubles and ornaments with mini LEDs inside. Some also enclose ornamental snow, twigs and berries, (from £6 at Jeffreys Interiors). Hang them at varying lengths in groups or as singles from bannisters, fireplaces or in windows for a glittering effect.
Using varying heights and getting your proportions right is always key in a decorative display. Combine textures and avoid using too many colours. Stick to one primary colour along with white, silver, copper or gold, rather than mixing pops of colour, for a sophisticated look.
Fur and Feathers for Christmas
Feathers are also a popular Christmas accessory this year. Made into Christmas trees with a touch of gilt, garlands, baubles or in their animal form as owls, robins or peacocks. Fill your vases or drape over the fireplace for a soft touch decoration.
Make use of existing interior props
You don’t need to just use Christmas decorations though to gain that Christmas spirit. Using all year round home accessories is a clever way of keeping an eye on your budget. Fur throws, lanterns and vases are ideal props. Fill vases, lanterns or large serving dishes with baubles or pine cones, add an LED decoration or glitter for a touch of sparkle or place a large group of random sized candles on a serving tray surrounded with nuts, feathers and cones. Drape a fur throw over a console table before placing decorative items on top for that luxurious Alpine feel.
Essential to creating the right mood of course is getting that Christmas scent permeating though your home. Only available at Christmas, and a true favourite, are the Ralph Lauren Holiday and Bedford candles. Evocative of pine logs on the fire, rich juniper berries and all things Christmas these quality candles are exclusively available at Jeffreys Interiors.
Above all enjoy the process as much as the finished effect!