Festive home decor that will cheer you up

Cassie Pryce

With a year like no other coming to a close, we might as well make Christmas 2020 one to remember by decking out our interiors with one of these charming looks

A touch of luxe

Highland blue 6ft blue tree, £89; black candleholder, £12; Hella brown glass cover on plate, from £19.99; star tree topper, £4.99; assorted decorations, all Dobbies

If you’re looking to go all-out for the holiday season, embrace this lavish trend for maximum impact. This look is all about getting your home feeling glamorous and decadent, and is hot off the interiors catwalk as a showstopping theme for this year’s festivities. As a base, you’ll need a rich colour palette of jewel tones including navy and indigo blues, purples, and deep greens, which can then be accented with metallic pieces in gold and copper to exude that luxurious finish. Fairy lights will help lift the dark colours on your tree and try to incorporate decorations with shimmering surfaces to reflect the light and give your styling a glittering effect. Have fun introducing peacock and animal prints into this trend, too; leopard spots and elaborate feathers can be used as feature decorations.

 

A classic Christmas

Day at the Slopes range side plate assorted, £3; assorted mug, £4.50; nibble bowl assorted, £2.75; serve platter, £10; berry runner, £12, all Sainsbury’s

If all you’re craving this year is a sense of familiarity, this traditional trend is one for you. Harking back to days gone by, kit out your home with decorations featuring nostalgic motifs and a timeless colour combination of reds and greens. This classic look will evoke a sense of warmth and homeliness, yet can still be given a modern twist with the way you choose to style your decorations. Rather than overdoing the chunky tinsel, for example, work sprigs of berries (artificial for ease) into your tree dressing for a pared-back alternative. 

 

Festive frosting

Cotswold snowy tree, £499; Seam coffee table, £399; Tom Raffield Mullion floor lamp, £495; iridescent glass baubles box, £20; white faux fur tree skirt, £50; decorations, from £4; gift wrap, from £3, all John Lewis & Partners

To give your Christmas styling an air of elegance and sophistication, opt for a shimmering colour palette of whites, silvers and plenty of sparkle. Think Arctic inspiration, with icicles, frosted tree tops and snowy landscapes, and keep fairy lights warm white in colour to give off a cosy, not cold, glow. If you opt for an artificial tree this year, consider a design with white tips, rather than green all over, to really embrace this snowy trend. Baubles should be delicate in their design, with glass shapes and tarnished silver surfaces being popular choices. To add some colour to this look, try incorporating subtle hints of blush pink or mint green – these pared-back, muted pastel tones will complement the look without overwhelming it.

 

Merry and bright

6ft real look Christmas tree, £89; pompom garland, £6; Bobby chair in grey, £299; Mr & Mrs Claus cushion, £16; wicker tree skirt, £15; It’s Christmas pompom decoration, £12, all Dunelm

For a fun-filled Christmas look that is sure to add festive cheer to any household, this playful trend embraces bold colours, quirky decorations and amusing motifs. Think outside the box when it comes to choosing your accessories; pompoms, tassels and paper fans are a great way of giving your Christmas styling a contemporary edge, and can be mixed in with colourful baubles for an eclectic mix-and-match approach that the whole family can get involved with. Get creative with fun baubles – designs can range from donuts to dachshunds, or llamas to London buses – the choices are endless and are certainly not limited to traditional snowmen and angels. This trend is ideal for experimenting with some Christmas crafts, too; have a go at making your own pompom wreath for the front door, or a tasselled garland to adorn the mantelpiece.

 

Simple Scandi

Range of decorations, all from £1, Poundland

For a back-to-basics approach to your Christmas decorating, a Scandinavian-inspired look is a timeless choice that will fill your home with a sense of calm and tranquillity for the festive season. This trend is all about using natural textures to build up a cosy, rustic look; think wooden accents with tree branches, logs and carved decorations, as well as hessian stockings and plenty of natural foliage. Sheepskin rugs and cushions will add some warmth to your decorating, and stick to brown paper and twine as gift wrapping essentials. When it comes to giving your tree a Scandi theme, go with the mantra less is more and avoid decorations with garish colours; instead keeping the look minimal with whites, greens and natural tones, using simple accessories to adorn the branches. 

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