Deck the Halls
For some of us Christmas decorating starts out as an exciting prospect and quickly unravels into a chore, yet the hardest part is not being able to stop! Here are some top tips to help you create the Christmas atmosphere that you want.
First Impressions –?Your front door and your hallway are key.? This is where you greet people, where they get that vital first impression. Go as large as you can on your wreath for your front door. Look for as many different textures within the wreath and think about the colours you use, how they work with your door and the rest of your house.
Christmas doesn?t have to mean red everywhere!?Using neutral colours as base and adding greenery and texture can create a lovely feeling of Christmas. ?Sparkle is big this winter, don?t go overboard but little touches will add that element of magic, I love the Fairy Light Baubles from Balsam Hill.
It’s all in the detail?It?s not always about a show stopping centre piece, often it is the softer, subtler finishing touches that make the biggest difference.? An antiqued gold tray for serving immediately adds an element of elegance.? Use LED lights, nestled amongst pine cones and dried fruits, inside hurricane lamps and add touches of magic throughout the house with large foxed glass baubles
Go for natural?Bring nature in using fresh foliage when possible to give your Christmas an authentic feeling and add a sense of depth to your decorating. When fresh isn?t practical,I adore The White Company?s Rosemary and Pinecone Garland, especially for sweeping down a stair case.? Add some eucalyptus and fairy lights to give it an added dimension.
The importance of scent?Use flowers and candles, spicy orange, fig, cinnamon and eucalyptus are firm favourites.? Pierce oranges with cloves and use your favourite ribbon to hang them on door handles. ?Wells spiced potpourri with orange cinnamon fragrance from One World is always nestled round some candles in my house, normally in the hallway, so people know Christmas has arrived as soon as they come in!