Are you looking forward to putting up your Christmas decorations, and seeking a bit of festive inspiration? Whether you love the traditional look or you want to try something modern and unique, we’ve got some great ideas to help you make your home look its best over the festive season.
You can complement your home’s unique style by using decorations that fit with the look and feel of your home. One way to get a look that’s both festive and flattering is to swap the traditional red and green Christmas decorations with more contemporary colour schemes. Warm and neutral colour schemes look fantastic with bold colours, gold accents and bright decorations. Using strong, warm colours like rich red or regal purple will give you a Christmassy look that fits beautifully with the colours in your home. To get the look, try using soft velvet ribbons and shiny gold-coloured baubles in your tree, and lots of accessories in vibrant colours. If your home décor has lots of cool hues like blue, green and slate grey, try a fresh and shimmery winter palette of silver, white and ice blue. This is a beautiful, contemporary colour scheme that’s ideal if you want a modern twist on a traditional Christmas. Get this look with matte silver and blue, turquoise and teal baubles on the tree, with a simple scattering of white lights.
Beautiful baubles and sparkly snowflakes don’t just belong on the Christmas tree – why not use them in some other places too? Hanging your favourite ornaments from overhead lighting with some elegant ribbon makes a pretty and eye catching feature in any room. A simple glass vase or bowl can also be used to make a lovely seasonal decoration. Simply fill it with decorative baubles for a simple and bright decoration for a table or windowsill. You can also make feature photo frames and mirrors look great with a simple border. Instead of the usual lights and tinsel, try draping them in eye-catching holly branches or mistletoe. Last but not least, don’t forget the stockings! Not On The High Street has a great range of custom Christmas stockings which are sure to flatter any colour scheme and look great on your mantle.
Real tree or fake tree?
If you have a large, roomy lounge and plenty of space to spare, a real tree would fit perfectly and fill your home with a gorgeous pine scent. Real trees are also kinder to the environment than fake trees, and can be easily recycled. In fact, many councils even arrange special collections in mid-January for Christmas trees. To pets and very young children falling pine needles can be irresistible, so these could be a bit of a hazard. Also, if your lounge is quite compact, then a real pine could be impractical and dominate the space. No matter what your preference is be sure to think about what would fit the space you’ll be decorating, so you can get a tree that’s just right for your home.
Look good and save money
For a festive look with plenty of magic and sparkle you’ll be using lots of fairy lights. Unfortunately, as pretty as they are, they can use a lot of energy and make a real impact on your utility bills. Did you know that LED bulbs use as little as 25% of the energy needed for a standard bulb and last as much as 12 times longer? Swapping your traditional Christmas bulbs for LED lights could save you money on your energy bill this Christmas, and this year’s bulbs could light up your living room for a few years to come. Another way to save on your energy bills this festive season is to remember to turn Christmas lights off when you leave home or go to bed. You can also try setting a timer switch on your decorative lights for those forgetful moments. If you’d like some more great tips on saving money on your energy bills you can find more great tips on the Energy Savings Trust blog.
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