This Christmas, why not try something a little different for once? Instead of stringing up glitzy tinsel everywhere and hanging shiny baubles off of every available surface, how about trying something unusual?
Here in this article we’ve rounded up some of the best decorating schemes out there that are a bit removed from your typical Christmassy ones. Take some inspiration and make your Christmas perfect and uniquely.
Ditch the chintzy rubbish and go old school this Christmas. We love a good rustic theme, due to their longevity and timeless appeal. Maybe you can’t afford to be updating your decorations to something completely new each and every year – if that’s the case, rustic is perfect for you.
Make your fireplace the centrepiece: decorate the mantelpiece with some festive foliage – holly leaves and the like – and top it all off with a couple of hessian stockings. You can even hang a chalkboard above the fireplace, where the whole family can write festive greetings.
And of course, your tree has to be a real one. Substitutes simply won’t cut it. Capitalise on the theme with some extra rustic decorations; we’re thinking wreaths and pinecones.
A Touch of Gold
Gold is one of the most Christmassy colours there is, perhaps behind only red and green, and it adds a touch of class to boot. What better way of going gold than by basing your whole colour scheme around it? Pair it with cream to add some understated elegance to your dining room.
Your focal point is the dining room. Dress it up with your gilt-edged chinaware and glasses, with luxury golden crackers at each place and a few old baubles dotted around. Dress your tree sparingly, with all gold baubles, and finish off the look with a string of fairy lights along the mantel.
Glitz and Glamour
Make your dining room really glamorous by adding crystal baubles to your place settings. Stick to two coordinated colours to really set things off – gold and white work well with the crystal.
Start the table off with a fabric runner, then pop a charger plate underneath each setting. Then you’ll want to ensure everything is coordinated: matching napkins and candle votives, plus some elegant glassware. The baubles are the finishing touch. Attach a nametag to each and everyone has a lovely memento to remind them of such a special Christmas.
If your living room is already in a neutral colour palette, then you are halfway there already with this idea. Make things a little bit more glam by adding some beautiful metallic accents. Chuck a couple of embellished or sequinned cushions on the sofa, as well as on any chairs, and wrap the gifts in golden paper and top them with silver ribbons.
Your tree should be similarly coordinated, with white decorations making up the bulk. Add a touch of colour with some gold and silver accents, with some nice beads to finish it all off. Think about a frosted tree instead of a regular pine to really tie it all together.