It’s that time of year again. With the trees growing barer and the nights getting colder, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas. Seasonal décor seems to fly off the shelves almost as soon as it arrives, so deciding how to decorate your home now will ensure you’re prepared when December hits.ch
When we picture Christmas imagery, we think of the bright traditional colours which have stood the test of time. Bottle green, scarlet red and a dusting of white snow. The tree stands proudly, covered from top to bottom in shiny gold baubles, and tinsel is strung across every available surface.
While a traditional festive atmosphere will evoke many happy memories from childhood, time moves on and trends evolve. If you’re feeling the need to switch things up this year, here are some modern themes to bring your Christmas décor into the current decade.
Channel your inner bohemian by adding a touch of rustic charm to your festive décor. Avoid garish or bright colours and opt for whites or creams for a softer feel.
Choose a real tree over an artificial one. It will add to the natural vibe, particularly if it gives off a forest-like scent. If any pine needles fall off don’t sweep them away. The woodsy feel in your home will only be enhanced by a smattering across the floor.
Follow the same colour rule with your fairy lights and stick to natural white bulbs. Use the lights sparingly as too many may spoil the rustic look you’ve created. Wind a string or two around the tree and drape some over the windowsill or along the curtain rail.
If you don’t have a lot of time to decorate your home or want to avoid spending too much on your décor, a minimalist theme could be the ideal solution.
When it comes to your Christmas tree focus on the essentials. Wrap a few strings of white fairy lights around the tree and add a few simple decorations. Try to keep it symmetrical by using matching accessories to decorate, rather than a bunch of random ones. A simple shape like a star or snowflake will do the job nicely.
Avoid using too many other decorations around the room, especially brightly coloured or glittery objects. A simple Christmas wreath on the wall and a festive candlestick holder could be all you need. Hit the high street and buy everything you need to decorate for your Christmas.
Making your own Christmas decorations will save you a chunk of money, and it can be good fun too! Before getting carried away buying supplies for your project, look around the house to see what you already have that you could use. You’ll be surprised what might come in handy. For example, that old jam jar could become a holder for tea lights, and that ribbon from an old chocolate box could be used to decorate a wreath.
There are all sorts of decorations you can easily make at home. Have a look online for tutorials or check out Pinterest for some inspiration. Before you know it, you’ll have a batch of gingerbread men to hang on your tree and a new garland for the front door.