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Posted on 21st January 2020
One of the greatest Christmas traditions for many is trimming the tree and their homes with festive decorations that glisten, glitter and glow throughout the dark winter days and nights.
With so much choice, homeowners, especially those that have downsized, can be left wondering how to still enjoy the festive cheer that decorations bring without feeling like they are sat in Santa’s grotto!
Here we take a little look at some of our favourite ways to decorate homes, why big is not always best and simplicity is often the key to success.
To tree or not to tree
Gone are the days when only the biggest tree would do. There are several alternative tree options now including some delightful twig trees with built in lights that look particularly attractive in simple schemes. Or, you could opt for a small scale real tree so that you get that lovely Christmassy smell and can still display some of your most treasured decorations that have been collected over the years and hold so many memories. Also, hugely popular, is colour co-ordinated trees, where you choose just one or two colours and ensure all baubles, tinsel and any other trimmings match giving you a super stylish look.
Whether you have a mantelpiece, a low bookcase or console table that is crying out for some festive decorations, there are a number of ways in which you could create a focal point.
Natural woodland always looks lovely with twigs, berries, fir cones and either twinkly fairy lights intertwined or battery operated tea lights. Or, you could create a garland that is made to fit perfectly and can be easily co-ordinated with your chosen colour scheme by attaching simple baubles.
Centre of attention
If you are hosting either Christmas lunch, or another festive celebration, you will want your table to look amazing. Adopting a theme or colour scheme is one way to create a real wow factor. Fresh white table linen and napkins look amazing with sparkling glassware, napkin rings made from fir cones and berries, and dinner candles with the centre of table bedecked in more that nature has to offer. Or, you could keep it super simple with a host of tea lights in glass jars and votives creating a cosy and simple centre piece finished off with napkins tied in festive, or simple metallic ribbon for the ultimate in elegance.
Ways with walls
If you really don’t want to take up too much space with Christmas trimmings, then don’t overlook your walls and the effect that you can create here. Wreaths look just as good on walls as they do on front doors and can be made or bought to co-ordinate with your décor scheme or to emulate the sophistication of a simple Christmas theme. Similarly, you don’t need a fireplace to hang those stockings – choose a wall instead and create a great, fun feature.
Whatever your taste, home size or budget much can be achieved with battery powered candles and fairy lights, natural foliage and imagination. And, by layering up sofas, chairs and beds with extra soft furnishings and cosy blankets a festive winter theme can be created from which you can welcome guests and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas from your home to theirs.
Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas from the team at Serenity Parks.