With Christmas just around the corner, many of us will be preparing to transform our homes into our very own winter wonderlands. With studies indicating that the average British family will spend over £800 on Christmas, this is clearly a time of year we take very seriously. Our home décor plays a big part in creating that essential Christmas cheer. From shaggy rugs to glittery branches, there are plenty of simple, alternative ways to transform your home into a cosy space, regardless of your tastes and budget. Here is some inspiration on how to do just that.
- The tree
The Christmas tree is arguably the most important aspect of Christmas décor and will undoubtedly be a focal point in the house, so it’s important to get it right. When decorating your tree, your personal taste will play a big part. Some people opt for perfectly co-ordinated trees with a dedicated colour scheme, while others prefer a more haphazard, kitsch approach. Regardless of your choice of décor, you should ensure decorations are evenly hung, to avoid any areas of the tree looking bare. Also make sure that lights are intertwined well into the tree, so they can shine throughout.
- Bring the outdoors in
No winter wonderland is complete without some influence from the natural world. Think about using twigs, pine cones and mini cedar trees as table centerpieces or decorations for shelves. Evergreen plants and wreaths are also a good way to create a green and wintry feel. If you like the idea of using décor inspired by the natural world, but want something a little longer lasting, invest in some faux wintry plants that can be used year after year.
- Shaggy rugs, cushion covers and throws
Your soft furnishings play a big part in the everyday ambience of your home, and that doesn’t change when it comes to Christmas. If you really want to transform your home at this time of year, consider having an alternative set of festive furnishings that you can bring out when Christmas comes around. Fluffy cushion covers, throws or shaggy rugs can immediately add texture and cosiness with very little effort. This, combined with the rest of your Christmas décor, will really change the ambience of a room.
On the subject of ambience, your lighting will play a big part. The twinkle of fairy lights and the soft glow of candlelight are synonymous with the spirit of Christmas, so don’t forget to stock up on lighting options that will make your home sparkle. Party experts advise grouping large numbers of differently sized pillar candles together, to make a simple Christmas feature. Although we are used to seeing illuminations on the outside of the house, indoor features are also growing in popularity, with light up tree decorations, illuminated bunting and LED stag’s heads all appearing on the market this year.
- Colour schemes
Once again, the colour scheme you opt for will be dependent on your own personal taste. Some people enjoy traditional deep reds and greens, while others opt for a more modern approach of whites and golds, which can still be festive but also ooze sophistication. Don’t be afraid to change the colour scheme from room to room. Perhaps a traditional vibe would work well in your living room, while a more modern, minimalistic approach could look great in another part of the house, such as the conservatory.
Christmas is a time to sparkle and there is no better way to do that than by using copious amounts of glitter! There are tons of glitter based craft ideas that you (and the kids) can try out to make your home sparkle. Why not make your own baubles or try painting twigs and leaves with glitter paint to make table decorations?
Are you ready to create your own winter wonderland?