No matter your budget, interior design tastes, or the time you have available, there are a number of simple and stylish ways to decorate your home this Christmas.
You needn’t spend a fortune, panic buy dozens of new decorations or go all out with the glitz and glamour. In fact, as is often true in the world of design, simple is best. This festive period, take a look at our easy elegant decorating suggestions, bringing warmth, style and subtle holiday spirit into your home. Read on to discover these simple and stylish Christmas decor ideas…
1. Styled up shelves
Much like the mantelpieces and bannisters in your home, shelves just beg for festive flourishes come December. These surfaces are ideal for decorating, even with just one or two subtle touches.
Use the opportunity to display ornaments, plants and candles, or if you want to make even more of a statement, a festive garland complete with seasonal flowers, bows and baubles. You could also swap out your prints and photographs for something a little more festive, like Christmas quotes, carol lyrics, or a photo of the family from last year.
If you have open shelving in your kitchen, consider a display of your favourite Christmassy mugs and crockery. This would make for the perfect hot chocolate station! In the bedroom, try a couple of Christmassy candles and tiny festive figures. And if you’re lucky enough to own a bar cart or a dedicated unit for your beverages and glassware, swap out the usual suspects for festive favourites. Add in a few sprigs of holly, ribbons and fairy lights to complete the look.
2. Handmade touches
While keen crafters will already be making the most of the festive period, Christmas is also a good time for amateur crafters to try their hand at something more creative.
Just like handmade gifts, handmade decorations demonstrate extra love, effort and individuality, perfect for a more personalised home. Even if you don’t consider yourself a crafting king or queen, there is plenty of inspiration available both online and in stores.
Of course, homemade doesn’t have to mean uneven or rough around the edges. The popularity of artisan style and up-cycling means there are plenty of good crafting materials available on the market, allowing you to create something high-end and stylised. Combined with natural elements, you can easily create handmade touches for unique, chic Christmas decor. Twine, beads and stencils are just some of the simple yet effective pieces that can be incorporated, along with dried flowers, berries and evergreen branches.
3. Think about the fragrance
Decor isn’t just about visual interest, but sounds, textures and smells. Fragrance is particularly impactful at Christmas time, whether that’s a scent of cinnamon, a whiff of orange, a scent of pine or a sniff of gingerbread. These festive smells immediately evoke memories of Christmases gone by, filling the room with warmth, sweetness and nostalgia.
Some simple and organic ways to bring festive fragrance into you home is through eucalyptus garlands, rosemary sprigs and natural wreaths finished with pine cones and dried fruit slices. A firm festive favourite is the smell of a Christmas tree, so if you don’t have a real tree and want to replicate the fragrance, try scent sticks or a spray.
Candles, diffusers and oil burners are another easy choice, along with Christmas pot pourri, complete with cinnamon sticks and citrus peel. Brewing up a batch of mulled wine is also fail-safe way to create a festive fragrance… a great excuse to enjoy a mug on a regular basis!
4. Jewel tones
For a less traditional and more grown-up Christmas style, utilise the deep jewel tones of blue, pink, purple and yellow. These vibrant shades are an elegant and modern approach to festive decor, perfect for homeowners that love Hollywood Glam or boutique hotel interior styles.
The likes of turquoise, sapphire, ruby and amethyst are inherently glamorous, bringing an air of luxury to your Christmas decor. These jewel tones also mix well with a range of other colours, including whites, neutrals and metallics, particularly gold and bronze.
Despite being so vibrant and majestic, jewel tones are surprisingly easy to work with, especially when they pair so well with classic forest green. And because these colours make such a statement, you needn’t go overboard with your decorations. Why not try a wreath embellished with colourful fruit and flowers, or a selection of jewel-encrusted baubles in peacock shades?
5. Embrace the organic
Rustic decor will create a more natural and subdued statement this Christmas, toning well with neutral interior design styles, such as Scandinavian or country cottage.
These organic and rustic accents will create a cosy and welcoming festive atmosphere. Consider reclaimed woods, knits, faux furs and wicker for both your seasonal decorations and general furnishings. For instance, a cable-knit throw that can be brought out every winter, or a woven basket to house a poinsettia (swap it out for your cheese plant after Christmas!)
On the tree, swap glitter and glass for wooden pieces, pine cones and twigs, which will make for a more natural centre piece. If you want to be especially frugal and creative, explore your garden and local area for ivy, holly and rosemary, which are ideal for bringing natural festivities inside.
Remember, there’s no need to dazzle with colour at Christmas. Sometimes, simple and organic decor is the most stylish and inviting.
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