It’s certainly been a year of uncertainty and with Christmas fast approaching, it’s exciting to start to think about our how we’re going to decorate our houses this year, writes Catherine Watson, of interior design firm Bert & Wills.
There are many options for real trees and artificial ones.
Flocked Christmas trees and pre-lit snow tipped trees are just two of the many options available.
The wildcard this year has to be the black Christmas tree. Dark and dramatic, a black tree can certainly introduce glamour and serves as a great background for any colour of decoration.
It may be unconventional but will look fabulous in a contemporary or traditional setting, fitting in with this year’s Grandmillennial trend.
To achieve this look, try adorning a black tree with your family’s treasured Christmas decorations that have been passed down from generation to generation.
Neutrals are always going to be popular and decorating with black, white, silver and navy hues are a good choice. To spruce things up add in some metallic elements as they not only reflect light, but they add a touch of glamour.
Mirrored and glittery baubles can ramp up the luxe too.
Recycled options are in demand this year and anything nature inspired, creating a Scandi feel.
White decorations, parcels wrapped in recycled brown paper and a wicker basket for the tree base, all echo this timeless style.
Brightly coloured trees will lift your mood and add pizzazz to your décor and the look is bang on trend.
Reds, pinks, greens, blues, mauves, oranges – baubles are available in every colour.
Don’t forget that jewel coloured baubles – amethyst, emerald, sapphire and ruby red offer more subtlety and really celebrate Christmas colours, creating a beautiful tree.
To add a fun element to your tree, Paperchase have lots of quirky options including a glass aubergine decoration and turquoise gin bottle.
Wreaths are a great idea for both inside and outside and garlands on mantlepieces and staircases add instant elegance and help to make the whole house feel special. Lights will bring any Christmas scheme to life, creating a lovely, warm and cosy home this festive season.
And don’t limit yourself to just having a tree and decorations, scented candles, faux fur throws and cushions bring an extra dimension to the festive look.
For an alternative to wrapping paper, opt for wrapping presents in leftover fabrics and do your bit for the environment. Personalised gifts are set to be big this year and presents that can fit through a letterbox.
Look to support local as we have a wealth of artisan and crafts makers in the county. Wellness and self-care is important and are good choices too, as are gifts that support charities.