30 Christmas STYLE IDEAS
Home Beautiful|December 2021
ONE OF THE JOYS OF THE FESTIVE SEASON IS ADORNING YOUR HOME WITH DECORATIONS. HERE, EXPERTS SHARE THEIR SECRETS FOR CREATING AN INDIVIDUAL LOOK TO SUIT YOUR INTERIORS AND PERSONAL AESTHETIC
KATE BARBER

1 STEP OUTSIDE RED AND GREEN

Create a sophisticated look by using a less traditional palette when you’re decorating your home. “Blush and rose gold is an enduring colour combination that’s not so obviously Christmassy and it looks great with green and white,” says stylist Amy Collins-Walker. “Likewise, terracotta is trending pretty hard at the moment, as is lilac, and I think both of those would work well.” Amy also recommends keeping the colour scheme consistent throughout your home. “For me, the colour palette drives the ideas,” she explains.

2 USE HANDMADE ITEMS

Even if you’re not good at craft, there are plenty of makers online creating sweet pieces, such as Christmas stockings. “Our kids have the same ones each year as it’s the nostalgia that I love the most, but if I was buying new ones, I love hand-sewn stockings with pretty fabrics added,” shares Nicki Dobrzynski, founder of Cottonwood & Co. “There are some beautiful handmade ones on Etsy for those that, like me, can’t sew to save their life.”

3 ADD NATURAL BEAUTY

Collect fresh leaves from your garden to create a display pulled together with decorations and a ribbon. “I’d opt for foliage that can last out of water longer or dries well, like rosemary, pine and eucalyptus,” says Nicki.

4 CREATE AMBIENCE

Natural candlelight will always evoke the magic of Christmas. “I’m a big fan of taper candles, hurricane lamps, and fairy lights,” says Nicki. There are also plenty of good-quality LED flickering lights available these days, says Amy. “Make sure you buy a cream or a white colour.” And, when you create your displays, Amy advises grouping them in odd numbers.

5 REPEAT A MOTIF

While a wreath at the front door is a staple, they also look beautiful indoors. “I love wreaths above fireplaces and over a rangehood,” says Nicki. “In the US, they use repetition with wreaths in the centre of windows, which I love. It adds so much cheer, but don’t be tempted to do every window! Sometimes less is more.”

LIGHTING STARS

6 ‘Godafton’ indoor/outdoor LED candles, $10/set of 2, Ikea.

7 ‘Montauk’ indoor/outdoor lantern, from $495, Coco Republic.

8 Silver wire string lights, $49.95/24m, Freedom.

9 Hanging hurricane lantern, $3.95, Provincial Home Living.

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