Tis the season to make your home sparkle

Tis the season to make your home sparkle

Long gone are the days when it was perfectly acceptable to hang up the same ragged tinsel, chipped baubles and dodgy fairy lights you’ve had for decades in order to ‘decorate’ for the Christmas season.

Now it’s more a case of ensuring your home looks perfectly dressed and photo-shoot ready for the season courtesy of a chic and considered colour scheme and lots of ambient illumination. Blame it on Instagram or brands like John Lewis and The White Company upping their seasonal game but for anyone who’s passionate about their home then decorating for Christmas has now been taken to a whole new level. Tatty tinsel and multi-coloured fairy lights will no longer do if you really want your home to shine over the festive period.

Red, gold and green is of course a classic colour combo as are glimmering all-metallic themes but over the past few years there have been a number of other looks creeping in which are well worth considering such as turquoise and silver, or rich navy accents paired with gold. But for 2019 the emphasis is on lots of pale pinks, soft peach and bronze tones as seen here in this exquisite John Lewis image.

Combined all together not only do they infuse effortless glamour into a space quicker than you can say ‘Merry Christmas’, they will work brilliantly in any style of home – whether contemporary or classic.

For 2019 the emphasis is on lots of pale pinks, soft peach and bronze tones

Just about everywhere is offering up their take on this pretty pastel style this year – which, by the way, looks really great with the odd copper tone thrown in along with some warm, white lighting. In addition to John Lewis you can seek out glass, metallic and frosted bits and baubles from places such as Next, Wilko, Sainsbury’s and Marks and Spencer.

The key is to keep to this particular theme and not throw everything you already own into the mix as the only thing you’ll achieve is overkill.

Always put on your fairy lights first as it makes life so much easier. For a great selection of different styles head to specialists such as Cox and Cox or Lights 4 Fun. Complement your tree with clusters of votive and pillar candles dotted about the place as opposed to more full-on Christmas glitz. An instant way to create impact with candles is by placing a variety of metallic offerings in different shapes and sizes together on a mirrored tray as that will help to beautifully reflect light around the room.

If you don’t have space for a tree you can still infuse a little festive spirit courtesy of swags of green fern or eucalyptus enhanced with glittering decorations on banisters, mantelpieces or shelving. Pick up real foliage from a florist or the faux varieties from Hobbycraft, Home Sense and The Range. It’s up to you whether you decide to keep things minimal by just adding some pin fairy lights to your foliage or whether you weave in some glittering embellishments too.

It really doesn’t take much effort to create a stylish winter wonderland no matter how big or small your pad.

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