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How to Do Christmas Decor Stylishly
While rainbow tinsel and knitted Santa baubles may evoke nostalgic pangs of the festive season, Christmas décor has come a long way since. From elegant Scandi minimalism to opulent winter wonderlands, there has never been quite so much coordination when it comes to decking our halls and creating cosy atmospheres. Infuse your home with yuletide beauty and carve out new traditions that will stand the test of time without a foil garland in sight.
Whether your interior style is all-out gilded glamour or a paired-back rustic aesthetic, Westfield London's Home Quarter can effortlessly take your home into the festive season. Not sure where to start? We've got your covered.
Subtle and Christmas aren't usually two words that go together this time of year as we battle the 'go big or go home' marketing mantra. But keeping things low key and elegant can have more of an impact than in-your-face furnishings that are more likely to date. A sprinkling of beads atop the tree branches or a snowflake garland on a mantle gives the space a more delicate yet no less festive feel.
Jormaepourri Campfire Scented Pine Cone Garland, £15 John Lewis & Partners
Knirke 160 Indoor/Outdoor String Lights 2m, £42 Heal's
HAVE A PLAN
We get it, by the time you've heard the second chorus of Holly Jolly Christmas, all bets are off. But before you get carried away and blow your gift budget on baubles and bells, have a clear plan to keep you on track. From Pinterest to mood boarding, create a entire vision of what you'd like your home to look like and a prepared shopping list before you pull out the plastic. That way you wont get distracted by what's on offer and throw your décor off balance.
Radley Wine 'Fireside' A6 Notebook, £24 Debenhams
CHANNEL SCANDI STYLE
If there's one thing Scandinavians have got right (apart from a great work-life balance and interiors), it's Christmas décor. Over the last three years, Scandi's chic and minimal festive aesthetic has caused a huge demand for all things Nordic. With a rustic feel and plenty of outdoors inspiration, think wooden decorations, handmade ornaments and craft-led baubles.
Large Cream Paper Onion Hanging Decoration, £12 Debenhams
Christmas Landscape Decoration, £30 Debenhams
Arran White Wool Tree 5ft, £120 Habitat
2-Pack Christmas Decorations, £3.99 H&M Home
Wooden Ball Garland, £29 West Elm
PICK A COLOUR THEME
To keep things classy, choose a main colour that runs through all of your decorations such as red, green, silver or gold (or more modern hues such as blue or pink if you're brave) and two or three secondary shades that are subtly introduced here and there to keep everything cohesive. For example, your tree decorations may be gold and red therefore your mantle garland could be one of those two shades, with deep green candles and a gold wreath. If you feel too limited, make each room a different colour theme to open out your options and give you the chance to play with different hues.
Set Of 4 Silver Pewter Sugar Surface Baubles, £12 Debenhams
Boxed 4-Pack Scented Candles, £12.99 H&M Home
Traditions Berry Garland with Leaves, £40 John Lewis & Partners
While the shops may be filled with dancing snowmen and mistletoe, it's also a great time to think a little bigger with your décor. Looking to what nature has to offer is an authentic and sophisticated way to decorate your home without looking like Santa's grotto. Forage for holly and berry's, fern leaves and pine cones to make a beautiful table decoration around a candle – you can even spray them with gold if you're feeling creative. However, if supplies are limited or you're looking for longevity, faux foliage or accessories in festive colours is a perfect way to keep your home seasonal beyond the Christmas period.
Pumo, from £93 Natuzzi
Abigail Ahern Faux Florist, £8 Heal's
Frosted Green Pinecone Wreath, £35 The White Company
ADD A LITTLE RAZZLE DAZZLE
It wouldn't be Christmas without a little glitz and, done correctly, sparkles can add an enchanted feel to any room. Try to incorporate some glam into your space with glittery baubles that will catch the light, a pillar candle or napkin rings to add an understated amount of glitz to an area. If glitter is a little out of your comfort zone, you can also give your décor the illusion of razzle dazzle with lights or metallic accents instead.
Glitter Snowflake, £4 The White Company
Balhasar Set Of 3 Baubles, £12 Habitat
LIGHT IT UP
From street decorations to restaurants and bars, things are a little more illuminated at Christmas and there's plenty of options to bring this magic into your interiors. While traditional Christmas tree fairy lights are a given, there are plenty of options to make lights more of a feature – this could be through an ornament or simply adding softer lamps in your room to give a cosy atmosphere. Think sprigs, Nordic houses, wall stars, indoor wreaths, garlands and even string fairy lights in a glass vase as a centre piece.
Erris Table Lamp, £50 Raft
Balloon Vase, £79 BoConcept
Copper Star Light, £15 Habitat
Small House Candle Holder, £12 The White Company