It's time to deck the halls
The main event of your Christmas decorations is, of course, the tree. Real trees smell gorgeous and look beautiful, but the downside is the needles. Even those that are not supposed to shed lose some of their needles; however, if you are prepared to put up with a bit more vacuuming, real trees are very special. That said, artificial trees are not what they used to be and if you are prepared to spend a bit more, you can get a fantastic looking one. As with real trees, artificial alternatives come in just about every shape and size.
Next it is on to the decorations. Here we look at Christmas trends for 2015 in the style of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.
For most of us Christmas Past is a memory of the 70s and 80s, when more was definitely more. Trees groaned under the weight of miles of tinsel and hundreds of baubles, and you couldn’t move in the sitting room without getting caught up in the streamers and foil lanterns hanging from the ceiling.
The ‘Christmas Past’ we are talking about here harks back to the Victorian period, however, when Christmas really took off as a celebration, with decorated trees in the house and Christmas cards appearing for the first time. The traditional Christmas colours of red, gold and green are the predominant colours, with snowmen, Father Christmas and reindeers all making an appearance alongside Victorian-style baubles, twinkly lights, candles and tartan ribbon. This is perfect if you already have a traditional wreath on the door or you are planning to deck your halls with boughs of holly. It might sound a bit fussy, but stick to a few colours and it will look really stunning and rich.
Interior design themes make their way into Christmas trends, with current favourites including the Nordic wood cabin look. The idea of a cosy log cabin in the snow is perfect for this time of year - less opulent than the traditional Christmas look but just as ‘Christmassy’. Red and white feature strongly and are an easy colour scheme to stick to. The Nordic look also pulls in a rustic, home-spun feeling, with natural fabrics and Fair Isle patterns. For an authentic Nordic Christmas, try an advent candle to count down the days to Christmas or go the whole hog and have your celebratory meal on Christmas Eve.
Also very fashionable for 2015 is a sparkling, frosty theme - a winter wonderland. Obviously this look favours white; however, you can go for whatever colour you like as long as it is glittery, glossy or metallic. If you thought spray can snow was out of favour, this is the year to bring it back out. Try spraying baubles, wreaths, fir cones or branches white, which will look stunning when accessorised with shiny glass and metal decorations.
Are you fed up with a normal, run-off the mill tree? Christmas ‘trees’ are no longer just trees. Take a look at interiors magazines or blogs and you will see what we mean. How about a tree made of driftwood? Or one made from books? Or even a two-dimensional, wall-hung alternative? There is no real limit to what you can use. While not traditional, these trees can look amazing. The pared-down, minimalist look is for you if you don’t like the fussiness of Christmas.
There are plenty of other ways to bring the holiday spirit into your home. Candles immediately make a room look cosy and welcoming, whether a scented version or some simple Church candles in a cluster. A display of winter blooms in a vase, or a bare branch decorated with a few baubles, can look amazing and make an attractive alternative to a tree. You can also make some room on a table top or shelf for a few seasonal ornaments or a vase or lantern filled with baubles.
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