It’s the time of year for decorating your home interiors for the Christmas season, which seems to arrive earlier and earlier each year! Not that this is a bad thing because if the Hygge trend has taught us anything, it’s that embracing the indoors and making your home cosier is good for the soul. Seasonal decorating has changed a lot over the years. These days, because we start embracing the season anytime from late November, things are kept a bit more subtle. Long gone are the strings of tinsel and brightly coloured paper & plastic baubles!
Of course, there is still room for a bit of childhood nostalgia when decorating for Christmas, there are so many beautiful options available to create a stylish, design-led winter wonderland in your home. The art is in creating the right style for your individual home - those with children will probably prefer to be less minimal and more fun than a very modern home.
Scandinavian style is still one of the most popular interiors trends of recent years, and it is no surprise that the Christmas trends from northern Europe influence our seasonal décor. Soft furnishings, warm lighting and ideally a roaring fire are the key elements you need to bring some hygge into your home this Christmas. Whatever your style or budget, we have some key tips that will help you get your home feeling festive.
Choose your Christmas tree
As the focal point of any home at Christmas-time, the tree sets the scene for the rest of your décor. Whether you go for a real or artificial tree depends on when you plan to start decorating. If you like to get your tree up in early December, then a real tree may not last until Christmas. The size and colour will depend on the style of your home. You can’t go wrong with a fresh, green spruce, but if you’re feeling more adventurous, a white tree looks incredibly modern and elegant.
Pick a colour scheme
With cold, dark evenings closing in over December, brightening your home with Christmas decorations brings some much-needed light and cheer into your home. Changing the colour scheme of your Christmas décor can seem daunting, but if you keep most of your home decorations neutral then the main tree decorations can easily be changed. If you're not sure about what colour scheme to go for, don't be because anything goes! The traditional combination of red, green and gold works really well in more traditional homes. Blue and silver has a modern charm, while some pastel and white combinations look fresh and fun. For the ultimate Scandi Christmas, red and white are festive yet subtle. Work from you tree outwards and try to decorate your front door in colours that match it. Elsewhere in the home, you can have areas with different colours if you don’t have enough decorations to go around.
Have fun decorating
Collect some key decorations for the rest of the house
Remember, Christmas decorations don’t have to be extravagant to create a festive atmosphere. The Scandinavian trend of decorating bare branches with fairy lights can be very beautiful and rustic. Fairy lights are definitely one of the best ways to add a touch of Christmas cheer to your home. Draped casually over mirrors and picture frames, or gathered underneath a bell jar, you can embrace your inner child and place them all over your home. There is nothing nicer than relaxing to twinkling lights on a dark evening in the run-up to Christmas. And you don’t have to decorate your entire home all at once. Stick to the key areas and build your collection of decorations over time.
Scent matters too
Another element of Christmas decorating that should not be underestimated is the scent. Try drying oranges in the oven and placing them in bowls around the house for a classic Christmas smell that also looks festive. If that seems like too much effort, a simple scented candle with cinnamon, oranges and cloves can bring a warm cheer to any home.
Don’t forget your front door
A Christmas wreath hanging on the front door has a timeless charm and will make you smile every time you come home. Complementing the colours of your tree decorations, the wreath can be as dramatic or simple as you want. A simple, natural garland can be created quite easily with branches, berries and dried flowers from your garden. If you’re not feeling crafty then check your local markets for handmade wreaths and garlands.
Whatever style or colour you go for, your home will embody hygge if you combine them with warm fluffy rugs, ambient lighting and plenty of friends to share your evening with. Make sure you have fun decorating, rather than seeing it as a chore! Make some mulled wine, play a Christmas movie and make sure to have some sweet treats ready for when you're finished! What style of Christmas décor are you going for this year?