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By Kristel Coombes

As an interior designer, my thoughts naturally turn to Christmas decorations as the festive season approaches. Some of you may still have paper ghosts stuck to your windows and others may have wheeled out the Christmas tree as soon as the bonfire embers faded. Nonetheless, whether you are planning a traditional festive season full of red, green and gold, or prefer something a little more contemporary, I hope the following collections inspire spaces full of seasonal warmth and colour.

A Traditional Christmas

This theme evokes the warmth and elegance of traditional interior design, establishing itself as the most iconic Christmas décor theme. Classic shades of red and green give this style a nostalgic feel. When choosing lanterns, pillar and votive candles opt for a tonal bronze or gold, as this elevates the room using the festive contrast of the metallics. It is important that greenery be brought into the home and strewn across your surfaces, ensuring a natural, light and fresh ambience across your spaces.

In the time leading up to Christmas morning, the gifts under your tree act as functional decorations. When purchasing wrapping paper that coordinates with your colour scheme, I suggest selecting at least two different wrapping paper rolls and various different ribbon spools. Your Christmas tree should be proportional to the size of the room, yet still significant and impactful. Whether faux or natural, try and look for fuller trees and wreaths that can be adorned with both store bought and homemade ornaments. I recommend the use of heavy, ornate fabrics when purchasing stockings or throw pillows to decorate. Although these are small decorative accessories, they will shape the atmosphere within the room.

Your Christmas tree should be significant and impactful.

The stunning table centrepiece featured below includes eucalyptus greens, pomegranates and gold ornaments for festive colour. To achieve a similar look, adorn your dining table with neutral linens, use simple brushed white tableware, gold flatware and fluted wine glasses to add an air of elegance. Small homemade gingerbread cookies attached to velvet ribbon name tags could be used to give each place setting that extra special Christmas flair.

A Woodland Christmas

The Woodland Christmas theme is timeless, bringing nature indoors with fresh greenery and garlands winding through each room. Earthly tonalities, blush and browns dominate the color palette. This year is all about creating a natural and organic look.

In order to capture the most breath-taking imagery of winter within your homes, no more than three different colours should be integrated into the space. Opt for rustic elements like wicker wreaths and wooden holiday signage. Textured fabrics and decorative throw pillows will add softness and elevate the overall luxe effect. For added sparkle, drape some festive green garland across the handrail of a staircase, and anchor it down with some glittering ornaments.

The collection of woodland ornaments will no doubt infuse all the wonderment of an enchanting winter forest into your home, whilst the flocked foliage, crisp white tones and metallic accents embody the glistening of falling snow. You can also depict a fresh snowfall by placing a sheepskin rug below your Christmas tree!

The exquisite tablescape featured in this theme captures the elegance of the season with fresh evergreen garlands, wood stump chargers, crisp white linens, and pine cones. This chic, organic look is wintry perfection.

A Vintage Christmas

This theme features a touch of nostalgia and a dash of cheer as you reminisce Christmas past with vintage inspired décor. In order to accomplish an effortless, old-world Christmas look, you must turn everyday vintage finds into holiday décor standouts. There is no need to repurchase your christmas decorations every year.

Decorating with a variety of themed ornaments adds a personalised touch that standard matching ornaments cannot compete with. Be creative and you’ll find that there are a few different ways to decorate your home with these ornaments. Besides hanging them on the tree, you can put them in small vases or empty lanterns, create an ornament wreath, or use them to make a centerpiece for all your Christmas meals. Each unique ornament will tell a story and become a great conversational piece during the holiday gatherings.

A Minimal Christmas

Holiday cheer can come in small doses but still make a big impact. The mantra ‘less is more’ takes a new life here – simple and elegant, reductionist and light. Use these understated Christmas decorations to bring some simple Christmas cheer into your homes.

For those of you tired of splurging on a full size Christmas tree every year, skip the big tree. Using only the tip of a pine tree, place it in a clear vase with a little water and voila! A stripped-down Christmas tree, paired with a simple faux fur throw creates a distinctly modern feel within the room. Draping garland across a window, grouping pillar candles together on a metallic dish or throwing some ornaments into a large bowl are also simple ways to create a minimal, laid back environment.

The use of bold colours across minimalist spaces, serves as compensation for the simplicity of the décor. The use of deep burgundy, dark blue, grey, brown and forest green are in trend this Christmas. Embrace the minimal way of life and scale back this season.

Choosing your theme may be difficult when deciding what you would like to showcase in your homes this Christmas. Are you a traditionalist or do you like a modern flair? Is there a special ornament or sentimental item that you can use to develop a concept? Think about colours, shapes, symbols, patterns, or even a style of mood that could shape your theme. A sage piece of advice: “Whatever your taste may be, one thing is certain, Christmas is the time, in the matter of decoration, to let the fancy roam, to be incentive, creative, light-hearted and unafraid.”

Happy decorating!

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