Image of a mantelpiece beautifully decorated for Christmas

I love Christmas and I love dressing my home for the festive season. For me it’s all part of getting in the mood along with baking and choosing Christmas presents. So here are a few thoughts on how you can get your home ready for Christmas.

There are lots of themes to choose from so go for whatever suits you and your home whether it’s traditional, contemporary, sparkly, scandi or a mixture! I’d be here until next Christmas if I tried to cover them all so I am going to concentrate on two – sparkle and natural. I personally like to keep it restrained and simple,but if you like to throw everything at it that’s perfectly fine. If you are on the market for sale over Christmas then simple and tasteful is the way to go. It is certainly a way of making your property attractive but you don’t want to overwhelm buyers and detract from the property. If you do decorate then consider asking your agent to take a few photos but don’t forget to have them removed in the New Year so that your listing doesn’t date.

There are elements that are common to whatever your scheme – I would include a wreath or some decoration for the front door, a garland for a mantelpiece or staircase, lanterns or fairy lights, a tree of course hung with a mix of decorations. use warm colours and lots of texture to bring a homely feel.

Sparkle

I think we all like a bit of sparkle at Christmas and it doesn’t have to be blingy – sparkle can be very subtle and create a sense of luxury. Combine with textures such as fur and velvet to give that cosy and upmarket feel.

These beautiful decorations depicting the Three Wise Men from Alessi are part of a set of 10 making a Nativity Scene. They are made out of a glass sphere measuring about 9 cm. in diameter and are hand painted on an internally mirrored glass base to give the decoration an effect of luminosity and depth. Apart from hanging them on the tree you can hang them on ribbon, work them into a wreath or garland or use them to decorate a mantelpiece.

Melchiorre - AlessiBaldassarre - AlessiChristmas baubles showing the heads of the three wise men

 

Sting of Mercury bauble fairy lights

 

No Christmas would be complete without fairy lights and these lantern style bauble lights

from The White Company would be perfect entwined with a garland across a mantelpiece or

wound a round a bannister or even jumbled in a glass jar.

 

Mercury Glass Bon Bon jar

 

 

This mercury glass bon bon jar which comes from Marks & Spencer is stylish at any time of year but comes into its own at Christmas. Use it to hold sweets of course but also take off the lid and use it to display decorations, fill it with greenery to create a stunning centrepiece for your dining table or you could pile it with little gift boxes containing small gifts for guests and stand it on a console table in the hall.

 

 

 

 

Image of stick like reindeer made of nickel

Reindeer are very much a symbol of Christmas and there are lots of different styles from the craft look to the more sleek and contemporary in white porcelain or silver. I like this modern stick – like version from Dunelm Mill which is nickel and comes in large and small sizes. Group two or three together for impact. They are suitable either for a living area, in a hallway or a bedroom.

 

 

 

 

Natural

If you prefer a more rustic look, redolent of a highland hideaway, country cottage or ski lodge then the key is natural elements both in the items chosen and the furnishings. Think of cold evenings curled up in front of the fire so woollen throws and cushions, soft lighting and pieces inspired by the outdoors.

 

I love this knitted sack from The White Company made from 100% wool . A sack is ideal if youImage of a cream knitted present sack with pom pom drawstring

have awkward shaped presents or you want to disguise them. This one is for the adults and

the drawstring tie with pom pom finish just gives it a finishing touch.   Pop it at the end of the

bed or by the tree. As in the picture it combines well with the log basket if you are lucky

enough to have a log burner or open fire.

 

 

Image of rattan log basket by wood burning stove

However, you don’t need to have a fire or log burner to use a basket to give your home a rustic feel. You can put logs in it topped off with pine cones and branches of fir or holly . Alternatively why not bundle the presents in it. This one is made from rattan and comes from The Garden Trading Company.

 

 

 

Image of cushion depicting a shhep with long fringe and bobble edging

For a few accessories I have chosen this adorable “Mr Wooley” cushion by Voyage at John Lewis  which hints at the outdoors and snowy fields. The front is linen and cotton and the back is graphite coloured wool.

 

 

Bark tea light holder with star cut outLanterns and tea lights are a lovely way to introduce a festive feel to a home and are especially appropriate at Christmas. For a more natural look I like this small bark tea light holder from House of Fraser which has a star shaped cutout. Position on a table or on a hearth.

 

 

 

My final choice is this fabulous traditional Tomte from Skandic Hus. “The Tomte is a mythical creature of Scandinavian Folklore, a small elderly man, often bearded and dressed as a farmer, with a grey or red cap” who was believed to be the spirit of the home. Some might find him a bit scary but I think he brings a fun a quirky feel to an interior.

Image of traditional Scandinavian Tomte with red cap

 

At the end of the day don’t be too focused on a scheme. The point about decorating for Christmas is that it’s all about you and your family and I don’t think it should be too polished. Choose the things you like and which will be special to you rather than aiming for a show home look.

If you would like some help with preparing your interior for Christmas, perhaps someone to accompany you on a shopping trip so thta you don’t get carried away then contact us by e mail at info@homestyle4u.com call us on 07745 876182 or complete the enquiry form below. We cover Cheshire and the North West.  Happy Christmas!

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