Christmas decorating is often temporary, it’s a good idea to follow many of the same decorating principles that you’d use when decorating your home decor. Pick colour schemes and decorations to compliment your home’s decor, you’ll find that all your Christmas decorating decisions will be easier if you start out with a specific colour scheme. Consider your Christmas lighting carefully. The lighting schemes should help create a warm and inviting atmosphere for family and guests when the darker nights draw in. You should use a mixture of candles and temporary electrical lighting to create this atmosphere. If you’re lucky enough to an open fire, this should be used as a focal point. Nicky Muller, Interior Designer at Evitavonni, visit Christmas Market and Workshops and Events @ christmasinsurrey
Christmas is so much about families gathering around food and drink so don’t overlook the kitchen when decorating. It doesn’t have to be all Santa’s and snowflakes. Create a centre-piece for your kitchen table or island with fruit and vegetables. This could form the starting point for your kitchen colour scheme. If you have room put a tree in the kitchen and decorate simply with rich wintery colours such as aubergine, plum or rich gold and orange. Ethan Maynard, Kitchen Designer at Evitavonni
Christmas is a great opportunity to temporally update your interior space. My top design tips are:
- Be sure to consider your house as an overall scheme and think carefully about the balance of decorations in different rooms.
- In terms of an overall scheme start with picking a colour palate – reds and golds are classic but it’s easy to create a more contemporary look by using a range of bright colours in high gloss finishes.
- Also consider the style of your house – if it’s quite traditional pick decorations to complement the original features of your home, if more contemporary experiment with stylistic bold shapes.
- Remember to keep things elegant and give particular thought to your use of lighting – use a mixture of candles and Christmas lights to create a warm atmosphere – using high gloss of glitter finishes will help bounce the light around the space and will create that special that special Christmas feel.
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ~Norman Vincent Peale, Tone your Christmas decorations to match with the decor of the room. Decorate your tree in a maximum of three toning colours, making sure these match the overall colour scheme of the room. If you are unable to locate Christmas decorations in your chosen colour, decorate using white, silver and clear glass ornaments for a classy and understated look. But if you’re just starting out or want your decorations to compliment your home’s decor, you’ll find that all your Christmas decorating decisions will be easier if you start out with a specific colour scheme. Add scent- Our sense of smell is very powerful and Christmassy aromas can evoke wonderful happy memories and a feeling of contentedness. Use candles scented with cinnamon, orange, nutmeg or ginger. Evitavonni stock a variety of candles and diffusers. Bake mince pies and make mulled wine to produce a lovely enticing aroma to welcome your guests. Kate Fryer, Interior Design Assistant at Evitavonni