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Festive Flair

Steph Siegle finds stress-free tips to help you style your home this festive season, whatever your taste.

Decorating your home for Christmas is a time to express your individuality and personal taste. Whether you’re inspired by the Nordic hygge style or prefer traditional British winter scenes, vivid colours from warmer climates or handmade decorations that children will love, check out these chic trends for the 2017 festive period.

THE STYLE: CONTEMPORARY

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The contemporary look is about combining simplicity with sophistication. Choose a focal point in each room and concentrate on decorating with a few key pieces, using two or three colour tones. When it comes to the contemporary look, less is often more elegant, so avoid stockpiling a plethora of baubles around the room. Keep baubles and hanging decorations for the tree itself, and consider simple white lights for an effortless, chic effect.

“It’s no longer all about the classic green and red decorations, and clashing and contrasting colours throughout your Christmas interiors will make your decorations feel cluttered,” says Castrads Creative Director, Jayson Branch, who creates interior design looks for the cast iron radiators company. “Whites and greys can be unobtrusive and blend in well with all colour schemes. To add a Christmassy feel, pair grey with silver, or play with more neutral tones by teaming zinc and white. Or, to create a warm dove hue, dust your foliage with a snow effect and accentuate with slate accessories.”

For an attractive finishing touch around the home, but one that avoids decorative overkill, opt for metallics, introducing one or two stand-alone features that draw the eye. Or, go bold with your tablescape, hanging metallic decorations across and on the table.

THE STYLE: CLASSIC

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Nothing says cosy Christmas like a wood fire, along with the earthy tones of green outdoor foliage brought indoors and flickering candlelight. “But it’s quite easy to fall into the ‘traditional’ trap of Christmas styling and it’s important to keep your festive style up-to-date,” says Brissi Creative Director and co-founder Arianna Brissi. “Give your seasonal decorations a lift by incorporating beautiful silk flowers and foliage into your tablescape. Use deep red hues combined with forest green foliage to create a gorgeous feature. Combine the delicate florals with bold metallic flower tealight holders to add an elegant update to your usual traditional Christmas style.”

A recent trend for seasonal styling has been inspired by hygge – the Danish and Norwegian word that describes cosiness, comfortable conviviality and well-being. “2017 themes are heavily inspired by earthy woodland, natural colours, and also metals are a key theme,” says Christmas Time UK Managing Director Wendy Clarkson. “We’ve introduced a Nordic winter theme that is a combination of these and is set to be a popular choice this year.”

You can also bring mountain chic into your home, introducing subtle colours of grey and muted red for your tableware and welcome your guests to the table with chairs strewn with sheepskin cushions or mini rugs for that comfortable, cosy ambience.

THE STYLE: FAMILY FRIENDLY

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Christmas is all about families, and children love to help decorate the home in the build-up to the big day. If you want to veer away from tinsel and paper chain overload there are many suppliers providing cute and charming decorations that the kids will love but that will also have an overall elegant effect. Sweet-based decorations are a lovely way to inspire the whole family to join in decorating the tree. And, one ingenious way of keeping your living room tidy during the holiday season, even with a pile of presents threatening to take over the room, is to use a special storage option that the children will get excited about. Try the traditional Santa sacks, festively decorated trunks or even a play tent that can be used as part of a present.

THE STYLE: BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL

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Your Christmas interiors look needn’t be all reds, greens and whites – bring a pop of colour to your décor or be extravagant and splash the colour around.

“Add some contrasting colours – purple and plum glass balls in addition to red, green and gold,” suggests homeware specialist Gisela Graham. “Mix glass with modern/retro glass shapes and add a really sumptuous tree-top angel. Blue and green are also becoming stronger colours for Christmas trees. We have a 2017 range inspired by peacocks – using the shimmering greens, blues and purples of the male peacock’s tail, together with real feathers, and fairies to match.”

Alternatively, turn to South America for inspiration, and deck the tree with fun, bright and quirky decorations inspired by the Peruvian landscape. This is also the time to get creative with lights – but to keep the bold colours looking sleek, rather than Santa’s grotto, place coloured lights in clear bell jars, or coloured candles in lanterns. And there’s nothing wrong with a bit of glitter at Christmas – but keep it chic with a few choice tree ornaments.

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