Christmas is the one time of year we can allow ourselves not only to overindulge in delicious foods, but also indulge our inner designer and transform our homes into an emporium of Yuletide elegance. Yes, it may only be October, but we can just about hear the sleigh bells ring and smell the sweet scent of gingerbread lattes in the air. With Christmas on the way, we wanted to share some of our top tips so you can be prepared for your most stylish Christmas yet.
01.Consider Your Design Scheme
Decorating your home for the holidays can be one of the less daunting tasks during the festive season, and let’s face it is probably one of the most fun too! So, choosing a design scheme that suits your individual style is important if you want to impress your guests this season. Think Scandinavian Minimalism, Lavish Luxe, Industrial Chic or even a Rustic Countryside interior to really set the scene for all of your exciting yuletide activities.
It’s not just about the colour of your Christmas tree decorations anymore, selecting a colour scheme for the entire home can truly elevate your Christmas design style to the next level. Traditional looks are still popular with cranberry reds, holly greens and glistening gold finishes always a safe Christmas go-to style.
A popular trend in recent years has been the rise of bold and beautiful alternative Christmas colours too, think magenta, teal, mustard and tangerine for an extra merry and bright holiday season. Or, adopt a calm and enchanting aesthetic by sticking to a neutral design scheme and embrace a wonderfully white Winter Wonderland this year.
Design Tip: Add some twinkling fairy lights and frosted decorations for an extra festive flair.
03.Deck the Halls
Creating a warm and inviting hallway is important in any home, but particularly around Christmas time as the hallway gives guests a first glimpse into your festive design scheme. Consider placing a modern and elegant sideboard like the Dutchbone Class Sideboard to help with extra storage space for surprise Christmas gifts. Why not place some decorative Christmas ornaments and a curation of enchanting tea light candle holders on top to give a little sparkle to your entrance hall too!
04.Getting Guest Ready
Some forward-planning can go a long way when it comes to preparing your home for Christmas. Create a beautiful home-from-home for your guests this year by ensuring you prepare in advance for a truly enjoyable, stylish and comfortable overnight stay. Placing a luxury throw upon the foot of your bed linen offers a lovely seasonal accent which will transform your guest bedroom into a relaxing retreat. Place a set of bedside tables at either side of your bed, these will act as the perfect resting place for a pair of designer table lamps – ideal for creating an inviting glow when the dark winter nights draw in.
Don’t forget to create space for your guest’s belongings with a boutique inspired wardrobe such as Houseology Collection’s Riviera 2 Door Wardrobe or consider a practical storage trunk to keep the spare room clutter under wraps.
Spending quality time with friends and family during the holidays is the best part about the season so make sure you’re organised – then you can spend minimum time fretting and maximum time enjoying spending time with the people you love most this season.
05.Dining in Style
If there’s one thing that brings everyone together during the holidays, it’s the delicious festive feasts! From creating a showstopping menu to a stylish tablescape, the dining table is where all the Christmas magic really happens. Make sure you have plenty of space around your dining table to accommodate the number of guests you’ll be entertaining, look to Bolia’s DT20 White Laminate Top Dining Table for true designer appeal this season or consider an extending dining table if you’re preparing to feed the masses.
Design tip: Create a convivial focal point on your table top with a curation of crystal candlesticks or tea light holders, then welcome the beauty of nature indoors by placing seasonal foliage such as cedar, eucalyptus or fern around your sideboard or dining table central piece arrangement for a Christmas table setting to remember!
06.It's All About Ambience
Now that you’ve decked the halls, prepared for guests and considered the design tips you’ll need to host a decadent dinner party this Christmas, there’s only one last thing to consider – ambience! Look to sculptural metallic lighting and hurricane lanterns to create a layered and atmospheric lighting effect throughout the festivities.
07.Delight the Senses
Finally, for last minute instant Christmas-wins, delight the senses of your guests by creating a sense of escapism, consider the following closing tips:
Sight: Be selective with your Christmas decorations and use only the ones you love most for an uncluttered arrangement that will let the most prominent elements of your existing interior scheme to harmoniously shine through.
Smell: Burn scented candles or diffusers to fill your home with the smell of Christmas - cinnamon, orange, peppermint, pine or nutmeg are our favourite scents. Or go traditional by preparing your own pot of mulled wine for a warming welcome on Christmas Day.
Sound: It’s the one time of year when Christmas playlists ARE allowed, if a festive playlist isn’t everyone’s cup of tea there are always Christmas carols to be sung by your crackling fireplace.
Touch: Look to sumptuous velvet armchairs and footstools when considering additional furniture to indulge your holiday guests, then curl up in the evening with a luxury woollen throw and keep winter toes warm with a faux fur rug for a comforting chalet chic vibe.
Taste: Serve up nibbles in style on decorative display trays then be the host with the most by preparing all of your favourite seasonal tipples on a glistening metallic drinks trolley to really get into the spirit (and spirits) of the Christmas season.