Easy ways to prepare for the festive season
Christmas could be the time of year that style forgot. While minimalism and decluttered environments might be the go for the rest of the year, the festive season is the perfect time to let loose with the decorations, adorning every spare wall or surface with festive trimmings.
If you’re hoping to use a little restraint this year, it’s not impossible to create a home full of the magic and wonder of Christmas while still coming out on top of the style stakes.
While we’re more accustomed to swatting flies and enjoying seafood on the big day, there’s no reason why we can’t have a white Christmas.
Indeed, white is the perfect decorating base for the season and pairs particularly well with warm timber tones. Whether you’re pulling out the white family heirloom tablecloth or just a big roll of white butcher’s paper, it’s a good starting point for the dining table. Decide on a colour scheme early on but be sure to include a little gold, silver or even glitter.
If you don’t want to clutter the table with large floral arrangements, single flowers in small glasses or jars are charming. A few sparkling decorations such as stars or snowflakes that can lie flat will make the table more inviting.
And don’t leave all the decorations for the table. As we’ve embraced Scandi style in recent years, more natural elements have crept into Christmas styling. Hanging a wreath or Christmas stockings filled with native, long-lasting flowers on the front door is a beautiful way to welcome guests.
White is the perfect decorating base for the season and pairs particularly well with warm timber tones
Go traditional with these charming plates from Williams Sonoma (top) and Pottery Barn (above) at the table.
You can’t go wrong with white and gold at Christmas. Add accessories such as these paper cups, straws and cocktail mixers from Outliving for a sparkling but affordable look.
These metal star wreaths from Kikki K can be hung as they are or decorated with foliage from the garden.
No space for a tree? Use your wall space instead. Finish off your wall tree with decorations and presents wrapped in Kikki K papers and ribbons.
It’s not Christmas without crackers, like these from Big W. Co-ordinate your colours to match your table.