Emily Black The Courier-Mail’s Home editor
It’s almost that time of year again. December 1 is only two weeks away and then it’s time to break out the tinsel.
But where to start? Interior designer Fleur Hartigan’s advice on how to create Christmas cheer, instead of Christmas chaos, starts with a major clean and declutter.
“Put away everything you don’t absolutely need and make sure the areas of the house you’ll use to entertain family and friends, including the outside areas, are sparkling clean and inviting,” Ms Hartigan said.
Next, take decorations out and work out this year’s theme.
“A few major groupings of Christmas objects will always have greater decorating impact than a sea of tinsel,” she said.
“I use clusters of objects rather than a sea of single ones – a group of pillared candles of different heights on a festive tray, a bowl of oversized Christmas baubles, a family of reindeer on the sideboard.”
Ms Hartigan said to “apply the decorator’s golden rule” and make sure you decorate in groups of odd numbers.
“Repeating your colour scheme and style of Christmas decoration throughout your home will ensure a cohesive scheme,” she said.
A festive entry is a must.
She said tulle bows on the front fence or entry gate are a fun and inexpensive do-it-yourself way to celebrate the season – and they withstand the occasional December thunderstorm.