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The countdown to Christmas is on as stores begin to decorate their festive windows and supermarkets stock their selves with ornaments, lights and Christmas produce.
For many this time of year can be highly stressful with work deadlines, tiresome shopping trips, endless amounts of cooking. Decorating the home can seem more of a chore than an enjoyable task that gets you into the spirit.
If this sounds like you, decorating this Christmas doesn’t need to be overwhelming. With these tips, you can easily transform your home to create a stylish aesthetic well in time for the big day.
Simplicity is the key
A simple Christmas succulent display on a coffee table at Urban Rhythm
If decorating your house top to toe in Christmas ornaments is not for you never fear, simplicity is the key to a cool festive home.
Stick with a restrained, cohesive colour palette. Don’t feel the need to decorate every room and surface of your home. Simple potted plants or vases of flowers, a wreath on the door and ornaments for your mantle can be enough to inject the space with Christmas cheer.
Focus on your dining table
Make your dining table the centrepiece of your home, where everyone can gather and enjoy good company and tasty food. Fresh flowers, simple candles and place names are a nice touch. Fabric napkins, beautiful glassware, and stylish cutlery are all a great way to lift the table settings.
Be inspired by nature
Taking inspiration from nature is one of the easiest ways to decorate your home for Christmas. A large branch, sprayed white and decorated with ornaments can be the ideal centrepiece for your table. An evergreen wreath or garland is a great way to dress your door or mantel piece. Better still, you may find just what your home needs in your backyard!
You’re allowed to deviate
While red, green, gold and silver are the traditional colours for Christmas decorating, in our book there really are no rules. Go with the trendy option of pastels, marble and copper. Inject a bit of Scandi with whites and timbers. Stick with neutral tones or create a pop with a fluorescent colour.
Deviating from the traditional will simply make your Christmas look more unique and right for your interior.
Don’t fear the artificial
If a real tree seems more hassle and mess than a joy, ditch it for an artificial option. These days’ artificial trees are designed almost as good as the real thing (minus the scent of course!). For those with traditional taste, stick with one resembling a pine tree. For those who seek a more contemporary look, try something new. Tree wall decals, DIY string silhouettes, timber tree sculptures or even a branch can enhance your Christmas aesthetic.
Play on the scents
Christmas isn’t just about the visuals and flavours of turkey, fresh seafood and pudding. Scent also plays a role in creating a festive atmosphere. Think a vase full of Christmas lilies for a subtle freshness to your room. A bowl of oranges covered in cloves to achieve a European holiday feel or a Christmas tree scented candle to replace the real thing.
Make wrapping easier
Present wrapping can make a big difference to the overall look of your Christmas tree. However, if you find yourself wrapping to all hours of the morning before the big day, it’s time to lighten your load. Black, white or brown paper bags dressed with an elegant ribbon or sticker can be savers at wrapping time. Not only can they look expensive, there’s no cutting, folding or sticking to do! And if that’s still too much, simply shop where they offer a wrapping service!
Share your Christmas decorating tips in the comments below.
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