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Christmas is a fantastic excuse to go bonkers in your home. (Yes, that’s a technical design term, now coined by George Clarke, but one I’ve always used so…)
The rest of the year, you might be the doyenne of sophistication, taupe and silver your ‘go-to’ colour palette, however, at Christmas, we have the license to explore. To explore lights, colour, texture and, of course, accessories.
I defy the biggest bah-humbug of us all, not to enjoy the twinkle of Christmas lights and the sensation of ‘home’ that one gets when seeing a beautifully lit porch and a window full of sparkle.
Admittedly there are some who go to town when it comes to lights, reindeers galore, Santa’s grotto ablaze on the lawn. And while it’s not for me to judge, I do feel there are more aesthetically pleasing ways to light the house (and save on excessive electricity bills).
For the most part we live in a neutral world with the occasional pop of colour. I’m inclined to steer clients towards more harmonious schemes from time to time but the neutral base is an old faithful, be it white, cream, ivory or the more contemporary grey.
However, Christmas lets us celebrate colour with a passion. If you’re desperate to see turquoise, gold, orange, red, purple, teal, silver and greens galore then this is the time of year to experiment.
Texture is the trick to conquer any neutral interior scheme. If you love white (or ivory or taupe) always layer it with a variety of textures – paint, wool, linen, fur, suede, metal, embroidery. These contrasting versions of the same colour will add interest and give a scheme more depth.
At Christmas, there are opportunities galore to add texture, whether you’re sticking with a single colour or mixing and matching.
Add the following:
You can never have enough candles around the fireplace at Christmas time (and some would argue, all year round). Hurricane lamps, lanterns, tea light holders, cathedral candles and candelabras work en masse or individually. Grouping tends to be more effective but a journey of light guiding the eye to a stunning destination is also worth trying.
The use of mirror within the candles and lights adds to the reflective result, polished chrome, or shiny metals will also work. Try using a mirror as a tray for the candles and lights.
Cushions, throws and blankets all add to a cosy environment and contribute to the feeling of ‘let’s stay indoors’ that epitomises wintery Christmas afternoons. And if you’re a knitter, you can make some of these yourself. In fact, take the crafting trend to another level and knit your own baubles! As I said, it’s about creative license. As well as hope, joy, and peace.