Christmas is fast approaching, so time to dust off the heirloom decorations, do a stock-take and decide what to keep and what to refresh. Maybe it’s time to try something a little different this year?
Decorating the house for Christmas is not unlike decorating an interior. Here are few tips and tricks to get you started:
1. First up create an overall theme or colour palette and then stick to it. Carry the colours or theme from your tree into your gift wrapping and onto the table. For example: Forget red and green if you can and rather go all chic this year. A sophisticated and elegant palette is metallic gold, silver and white (the white is an important component as it tones down the ‘bling’). If you’re not sure check out the decorations throughout David Jones this year – massive bauble wreaths in gold and silver are suspended throughout – plus magical gold garlands hang from ceiling to floor, it looks amazing! Steal the wreath idea for your own front door but on a smaller scale of course and any metallic garland strung across the centre of a table at height will look immediately festive. If gold, silver and white are not rocking your world but you are still unsure – look at the display of baubles in store - they are displayed in colour coordinated rows to help you resolve any colour palette confusion.
2. If you are buying a fake tree (actually hard to tell the difference these days) make sure you take the time to get all the tree arms out and straightened. Any tree looks great with one colour bauble but if mixing it up keep it to a minimal palette. Plus remember it’s always lovely to add in the kids decorations from school. Maybe they don’t fit in with your colour palette but they are charming and your child will get tremendous joy out of popping his/her decoration on the tree. Also a great talking point with the grandparents – he/she will be proudly showing off their decoration to all visitors. For more Christmas Tree ideas click here.
3. So let’s stick for the moment to the gold, silver and white theme. You now want to wrap all your presents in these three colours only. Gold with silver ribbon; silver with crisp white ribbon; white with gold and so forth. Adding a bauble (in those tones) to a gift is a lovely personal touch and you could also write names on the baubles or just celebratory words. If your gift is beautifully wrapped it doesn’t really matter how much you have been able to afford as it shows you have taken the time and you care. For more on Christmas Tree ornaments click here.
4. Now match your table settings to the tree and the gifts. Get out the gold cutlery (so many great new styles around today). A neutral linen cloth, napkins and white plates are a fresh look, add a touch of nature whether it’s fresh flowers or simple greenery from the garden (which picks up the green palette of the tree) to your place setting, a name tag on each plate and a sparkly gold bon-bon makes for a very special table at Christmas. It’s really all about repeating the colour palette throughout, do this and you can’t go wrong. Finally, an abundant vase of flowers, big bowl of cherries or some lush greenery cut from the garden (my trick, it’s free) to the centre of the table and you’re done. Don’t be tempted to clutter the table – keep it simple and sophisticated. For more tabletop Christmas ideas click here.
5. You can’t have enough candles – add them in clusters to side tables or in the hallway for a fragrant welcome. Best to keep scented candles off the main table while eating as the fragrance can interfere with the aroma of the meal.
6. If all else fails simply decorate the tree with loads of fairy lights and use fairy lights down the center of the table or piled into beautiful glass vases. This can look magical.
Hope this has inspired you to get ready for Christmas. Have a fun, Happy Christmas when it arrives and hope Santa spoils you.
Words by Deborah Bibby | JONES Magazine Editor-in-Chief