It’s time to get your home feeling festive with our traditional shopping guide.
In yesteryears we’ve experimented with the likes of pineapple Christmas trees and washi tape festive wall murals, to try something different in December. But according to Nextatalas, a trend forecasting website, this year is all about going back to the traditional.
CEO Luca Morena says that simple colour palettes of red, green and white should be paired with plenty of inside foliage to bring the outside in. While bundles of white candles, positioned together or in candelabras, are perfect for creating a soft, atmospheric glow.
A ‘vintage touch’ is also a huge part of the trend. Looking to intricate, golden baubles on the tree, taper candles and golden pinecones arranged in a grand display to hark back to the Christmas times of generations before us.
With visions of Christmas at Downton Abbey, we’ve put together some suggestions on how to recreate this look at home, with practical (and affordable) easy purchases that will bring your home into the festive period.
When creating a festive atmosphere, lighting is everything. A flickering open fire is an image many of us would count as traditionally Christmassy, but if you don’t have a hearth in your house, candles are the next best thing. For a truly angelic glow, every room should have a mixture of candles in, all complimenting each other to create a soft, cosy ambiance.
Try long, white church candles in a candelabra in the dining room, in the centre of the table. While in the living room, you can group different heighted candles together in gatherings to create pockets of warmth. In the hallway a simple, Christmas scented candle does the trick, greeting guests with a welcoming, yuletide scent.
Keep your colour palette traditional with red, green and white
Adding a few decorative extras to your home in traditional Christmas colours can go a long way, and there are so many ways you can do it.
Rich jewel tones in velvet are everywhere at the moment, and by picking a dark green or red cushion selection and adding it to you sofa you can instantly give your living room a Christmassy feel.
Alternatively investing in some beautiful, Christmas-themed tableware and a festive coloured table cloth, makes a huge difference to the centre piece of a kitchen or dining room.
Create a wintery display or centre piece for your table
Nextatlas recommends using golden pinecones as decoration to show that you’ve embraced the Christmas spirit in your décor. The simplest way to do this is to simply fill a glass bowl or vase with pre bought pinecones and place in a nook, on a table, window ledge or mantle piece.
Another idea could be to use a Christmas-themed or white decorative tray or plate, and pile the cones on there. Perhaps accenting with some holly or adding some golden decorations into the mix.
Bring the outside in
Festive floral displays and foliage with red berry accents are an instant (and easy) way to try out a traditional Christmas look.
Try popping a bunch of red poinsettias or roses in vase, interspersed with dark green foliage and decorative pinecones. Alternatively, wreaths can be used on the inside of the house for a lush, green feel that compliments any floral displays too.
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