Ahh Christmas! The joy… the expectation… the pressure… the madness of it all! Here are some key guidelines for a foolproof, professional finish to your festive decorating.
1. Keep it clean and confident
It is so important for our homes to reflect our individuality and celebrate our personal taste. Whatever your individual style, be clear in your interpretation.
Most people’s decorations are a wonderful eclectic mix of ornaments acquired or passed down through the years, home-made crafts and anything that glitters… Nothing wrong with that! If the collection lacks a strong identity, divide them into stronger ‘stories’ and decorate different rooms accordingly.
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2. Pause For Thought
Where do you want the focal points to be in each room? As every musician knows, the pauses in a melody are just as important as the notes themselves. The same can be said in an interior. Concentrate your decorations to areas you wish to accentuate and keep the other areas more neutral.
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3. Think outside the box
I love to give a new twist to existing items within the interior: Be creative in transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary…. Like a cakestand afilled with baubles as a table centrepiece. An element of surprise and humour is always important in styling, no matter what time of year.
4. Go Vertical
Many homes struggle with storage at the best of times. Add to this the challenge of a Christmas tree, the scatter of Greeting cards and a home full of family and friends, it’s not surprising we feel a little overwhelmed this time of year! If you don’t have room for a tree, don’t worry. Decorating the mantelpiece, staircase or framing the Hallway mirror can be just as effective.
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5. Magic and Sparkle
Lighting is crucial in creating a warm and welcoming interior. Christmas lights are not just for Christmas trees or living rooms: Pop them into a large glass vase for a modern twist, or use a framed mirror as a tray to hold candles and containers with reflective surfaces. Now is the time to decorate the home with all that sparkles and let the candlelight dance in their reflection.
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6. It’s all in the detail
It’s the thoughtful finishing touches that make a lasting impression and give a professional edge when styling your space. The best Christmas interiors combine drama with good planning to help make the festive season run smoothly. Above all, have fun and I wish you a wonderful Festive season!
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