Christmas Decorating Tips
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I get ridiculously excited about Christmas, always have done always will! When I’m house-hunting, the main question I ask is “will this house work for Christmas?”.
So the decorations come out early and they come out large. Some of them I’ve had for years, but I like to add bits as I go as well.
I appreciate not everyone has the budget or the enthusiasm to camp it up for Crimbo so here are my top tips to help you along.
Colour me Crimbo
This may sound like it’s taking the fun out of it, but you need a colour scheme. It really upsets me when it looks like someone has just thrown everything they could find at a tree!
You don’t have to have the same colours throughout your home, but do put some thought into it. This will also help you to know where to start.
I love the combination of red and grey. Because my kitchen is already grey I knew this scheme would work.
In the lounge I’m going for a tasteful white and silver theme. The simplicity of white can be stunning. It also contrasts with the kitchen so it doesn’t all become too samey.
The dining room is already duck egg blue so I’ve gone for a more natural look in there.rn.
Don’t mull it over – get stuck in!
Make an event of putting up the decorations. It’s all down to you how the experience feels. Keep putting it off and seeing it as a chore and that’s what it will become.
Instead put on your favourite Christmas music, some mulled wine on the stove and even a pair of antlers if it helps!
Sometimes the kids can actually take away the joy of decorating. If this is the case then do the bulk of it whilst they’re in bed, leaving strategic ones for them to finish off! I know, I’m an awful person!!!
Ho ho ho naturale!
Believe it or not, I’m not the type to make life difficult for myself. I do love the idea of making all my decorations from scratch each year, but I’m also a realist!
However, using greenery from the garden can really make a difference by bulking up existing decorations. This is a cheap and easy way to make standard decorations look fabulous dahling!
Try making glittery leaf skeletons by boiling them in water with soda and then scraping away the remaining greenery. Use gloves though!
Ivy can also help to hide trailing light wires.
It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas
Decorating should not just be about giving your eyes a feast. You would be amazed how important smell is when it comes to getting into the festive spirit.
If you don’t get a real tree, with these pine sticks your nose will never know the difference!
Candles burning throughout will not only create atmospheric lighting but will also give you the true scent of Christmas – think egg nog, cinnamon and cranberry.
The height of festivities
Paying attention to levels is always important with interior design. Decorating for Christmas is no different.
Think about how you can work with what you already have. Just holly and ivy on top of a picture frame or hanging from a light can make a huge difference.
I’m also a big fan of banners and bunting as they are easy to store for the rest of the year and can transform a room for December.
Spread the Christmas cheer
It’s easy to get carried away in your main rooms and neglect the rest of your home. A little can go a long way though.
Just the odd bit of holly here and there can bring the whole of your house into the season.
Pot plants can become festive with the smallest of touches. You would be amazed how just adding Christmas themed ribbon in strategic places will turn a room from grotty into grotto!
Why not decorate your bathroom?! If you have guests coming don’t forget the spare room(s)!
Decorations are not just for Christmas…
…well actually they are. What I mean is when the festivities are over think of next year.
I love having practical items like mugs that are just for Christmas. Obviously having two sets of crockery could be expensive so I add to my collection in the January sales.
The same goes for expensive baubles and bits. It’s so exciting when you get out the decorations the following year and rediscover these bargain additions!
Here are some of my favourite decorations.
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I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and I’ll see you in the new year!
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