The three Houseology signature looks: Chic, Luxe and Urban, are perfect for festive inspiration and, in this guide, our designers show you how to recreate the laid-back style of the Chic look in your own home. Whether you are looking to completely overhaul your home and fill it to the brim with festive cheer or you want to add just a hint of Christmas style, our Houseologists are on hand to help you make the Chic look your own.
The Chic look exudes an effortless feel that inspires us to relax and unwind and this is partly due to the soothing palette which combines cool neutrals, greys and pale blonde tones. The colour palette is heavily influenced by nature with the tones of the raw timbers and furs creating the main backdrop for the look and forming a stylishly understated scheme.
The sofas, wall Coverings and rugs remain neutral with a touch of festive red incorporated through accent pieces such as throws and cushions. As well as being a gorgeous Christmas decorating idea for 2015, bringing red into your interior adds warmth making it cosy and inviting and also introduces a stylish Scandinavian element to your interior scheme.
The richness and laid-back sophistication of the Chic Christmas aesthetic is largely created through the textures used in the look. Weathered timber, beautifully soft furs, chunky knits and woven baskets are layered to create a look that is irresistibly comfy as well as stylish. This combination makes for a gorgeous Christmas living room scheme with a hint of classic chalet style – perfect for curling up in front of the fire with the family!
The more rustic textures of the Chic Christmas look are contrasted with statement furniture pieces in luxurious materials such as a beautiful linen upholstered Eichholtz designer sofa and a glamorous Andrew Martin armchair with a rich velvet finish.
The natural colour scheme and organic textures of the Chic look work beautifully all year round but are particularly striking as Christmas decorating ideas for 2015 – tapping into the trend for muted colour palettes. From your Christmas tree to the ornaments you choose to enrich your scheme, white and wood finishes are making waves this festive season! Stripped back trees without foliage are a gorgeous alternative to the classic fir tree, especially when paired with simple decorations such a rustic washed wooden stars, snowflakes and alpine motifs. Foliage garlands wrapped around banisters and mantelpieces, and pinecone wreaths as table centrepieces enhance the natural feel of the look and bring a little colour to the scheme.
The leaves and twigs of foliage also add textural richness and dimension to the look and we’re enhancing our natural interior accents with adorable knitted accessories such as the Arran Knit Tea Light Holders and artisan decorations sculpted from reclaimed wood.
Candlelight is an important aspect of Chic Christmas decorating, creating a cosy atmosphere as well as a festive twinkle. Lanterns and tea light holders from some of our favourite Scandinavian brands, such as Lene Bjerre, are perfect for displaying your Christmas candles in style. We love lanterns with festive cut outs, try placing clusters on side tables, mantelpieces and outside the front door for a rush of festive cheer that will welcome the spirit of the season in style.