Dec­o­rat­ing on a bud­get

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Christmas Special -

BLAME Hol­ly­wood. Ev­ery Christ­mas movie they make shows houses decked with holly, lights and a world of shiny baubles. It all looks per­fect and there’s just no way any­one can achieve that kind of show with­out a ded­i­cated team of de­sign­ers and dec­o­ra­tors. Still, when you want to give your home a fes­tive lift, you can achieve a good look with a lit­tle ef­fort.

First of all, de­cide on whether you want to go for fam­ily fun or classy decor. The first means a home-made star on the tree, and ev­ery item hav­ing a per­sonal, mean­ing­ful his­tory. It’s messy and noth­ing matches.

The sec­ond means a co­or­di­nated look and feel that ex­presses tour per­son­al­ity as it might ap­pear on Good House­keep­ing: tidy, charm­ing and chic.

If you go for fam­ily fun, you’ll have plenty of will­ing helpers to make you or­na­ments from mod­el­ling clay, pa­pier-mâché, beads and other crafts.

To kick-start your work­ers, have craft ses­sions start­ing a month or so be­fore the hol­i­days. Buy mod­el­ling clay, paint, coloured pa­per, glit­ter, glue and have a blast. Tip: test out your Christ­mas cook­ies on your work­ers.

For chic decor, pick a colour scheme. Red and gold are clas­sic, deep pur­ple and silver is pretty too, or you can choose some­thing that goes with your fur­ni­ture, like blue and white with pine or or­ange and gold with wal­nut.

Buy lights, can­dles, place set­tings and lights ac­cord­ing to your colour theme. If some­thing doesn’t fit, like your favourite arm chair, buy a throw. Tip: clas­sic batik in Christ­mas colours can be very pretty and un­usual.

Hang your Christ­mas cards from coloured rib­bon, and use coloured gift rib­bon to dec­o­rate pic­tures on the walls.

An­other Christ­mas ef­fect is to curl gift rib­bons by pulling it over the sharp side of a pair of scis­sors. Hang a few long strands from the ceil­ing, and tuck an or­na­ment into the cen­tre.

By hang­ing bunches, you will add fes­tive colour in hard to reach spots with ease. Tip: white tack can be used to hang light items and won’t leave a mark on white paint.

Buy lights, can­dles, place set­tings and other Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions ac­cord­ing to your colour theme and bud­get.

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