With December upon us, now is the time to give our homes a seasonal makeover, and get them ready for welcoming guests over the festive period.
Whether you're a traditionalist who likes a red and green theme with bountiful baubles, a minimalist who wants everything monochrome and matching, or a maximalist who is planning to sprinkle glitter over garlands galore, it's time to get your Christmas decorations down from the attic, and maybe purchase a few new additions to give your tree a twist or your mantlepiece a bit of magic this year.
The microtrends of 2016 seem to have been distilled into decorations this festive season with gusto, giving us some great contemporary takes on Christmas style.
So pour yourself a mug of mulled wine and take a look at our favourite decorating themes this year:
1. We're Dreaming of a Bright Christmas
One of our favourite Christmas colour palettes this year is full of brilliantly bold colours with an emphasis on pink, giving us the perfect canvas to introduce some curveball Christmas characters to our festive interior. Bring a taste of the tropical to your tree with sequinned cacti, festive flamingos and pastel-coloured pineapples.
The popularity of pom poms also seems to have been absorbed into Christmas this year. There are pom poms to hang on the Christmas tree, pom pom garlands for the banister and pom pom baskets to display pine cones and Wintery branches in the hallway.
The modern Christmas mobile is big this year and it is punchier than ever. Forget chandeliers above the table draped with festive foliage - create drama in the dining room with a large branch of wood painted with glitter and suspended from the ceiling on fishing wire, and hang brightly coloured baubles, twinkling lights and plenty of pom poms to make a colourful Christmas canopy.
2. Dazzling and Decadent
This Christmas's opulent interior update is all about moody hues, jewel tones and a greedy use of pattern and texture. Mix metallics, feathers, marbled or iridescent surfaces and animal print to create a mesmerising festive interior that will set the tone of decadence.
Hang a chocolate box of richly coloured glass baubles from the window frames, and pop some silver candlesticks on the mantelpiece surrounded by peacock feathers and sugared fruits.
A great table decor idea with this theme is colourful gem like baubles heaped on a gold platter in the middle of your table.
3. Walking in a Woodland Wonderland
With all the chat about Hygge this year, it's not surprising that a key Christmas decorating trend features woodland themes, flickering candles and rustic touches. When the days are short and time spent outside is at at minimum, it's important to surround ourselves with natural materials to maintain some balance.
This theme is all about keeping things simple with nature-inspired motifs, bringing the outside in, and a healthy burst of comforting textures in Winter whites and shimmering metallics. It should evoke a snug feeling that brings some Christmas calm.
Ditch the tired tinsel and instead drape garlands of pine cones and herbs above your dining table, with the occasional tea light sparkling away within the foliage. Dot wicker baskets full of cosy throws and slippers around the house for your guests to enjoy.
If you're going all out, create a wonderful woodland scene in the hallway by bringing in twigs and scattering piles of fake snow around them. Add your favourite wooden woodland creatures for additional whimsy.
4. Christmas Around the World
Festive decorations this year are taking inspiration from far flung shores. From felt tigers and elephants to hang on the tree, to our Green and Gold Christmas Stockings that feature elephants guiding Santa's sleigh, you can bring the colour and culture of your favourite places around the world into your home this Christmas.
Create a sense of your own Christmas tradition with decorations that inspire memories from your travels, and let your treasured festive finds do the talking. Collect a Christmas decoration whenever you're abroad and your Christmas tree will take you all around the World, and remind you of adventures passed.
We love the idea of our Christmas tree becoming it's own little world - with something from of all our favourite places on it. Start now, this festive theme is a lifetime in the making.
5. Modern Monochrome
Either use red against inky black for a contemporary vibe with an alpine twist, or go full black and white to stand out from the crowd with sleek seasonal style. Either way, be sure to add texture so it stays warm and cosy, not cold and clinical.
We're getting into the panto spirit with the diamond pattern of harlequin, which brings a playful edge to a monochrome theme. The perfect way to bring a Christmas mood to a simple palette and crisp lines.
A great statement piece to try with this theme is using your window frames to hang monochrome baubles at varying heights. It creates a sleek minimalist look.
6. Pretty and Playful Pastels
One of our favourite Christmas colour palettes this year is full of pretty pinks, mint greens and muted metallics, creating a Narnia-esque frosty palette with a new-Nordic edge.
Layers of textures in powder pink and soft grey give a luxe feel, with metallic embellishments to add magic and a touch of whimsy to your home at Christmas.
Go for plush ribbons and fun flourishes such as fluffy feathers or iridescent baubles on a white faux Christmas tree to complete the look.
There really are no rules when you're decorating your interior for Christmas, it's just about sprinkling your home with the colours and textures that will make you feel excited and comforted about the festivities ahead. Enjoy the process and then send us a picture so we can marvel at your elfish handiwork.
Merry Christmastime Everyone!
Shop the looks (from top left, clockwise):
We're Dreaming of a Bright Christmas
Honeycomb Decorations, feat. in LivingETC December Edition, see here for full credits. Pom Pom Christmas Crackers, £55, The Conran Shop. Pom Pom Basket, £30, Postcards Home. Various Christmas Tree Decorations, from £7.50, Oliver Bonas. Various Christmas Tree Decorations, from £8, Paperchase.
Dazzling and Decadent
Modern Christmas Decoration Ideas - 10 of the Best, feat. in HousetoHome December Edition, click here for full credits. Fantastical Hippo Gold Hanging Decoration, £16, House of Hackney. Feathered Christmas Wreath, £Handmade, feat. in LivingETC, for full details see here. Super Deluxe Christmas Crackers Heritage - Liberty's, £39.95, Liberty London. Spikey Green Bauble, £10, The Conran Shop.
Walking in a Woodland Wonderland
Festive Linen Christmas Stocking, £30, Postcards Home. Neon Style Deer Silhouette Outdoor Light, £95, Cox and Cox. Frosted Branches, £40, Cox & Cox. A Christmas DIY that's Perfect for Small Spaces, Apartment 34, for full credits go here.
Christmas Around the World
Globe Baubles - Box of Four, £15, Paperchase. Effie the Elephant Decoration, £8.50, Oliver Bonas. Green and Silver Christmas Stocking, £25, Postcards Home. Felt Tiger Decoration, £12.95, Liberty London.
Neptune.com, for full credits go here. Silver and White Bead Christmas Decorations - Set of Three, £15.30, Evoke Africa. North Star Tree Topper from Mackenzie Child, £140, Harrods.
Pretty and Playful Pastels
Modern Christmas Decoration Ideas - 10 of the Best, feat. in HousetoHome December Edition, click here for full credits. Ostravia Gem Bauble, Pink, £5.50, John Lewis. Ostravia Camera Bauble, Pink, £6, John Lewis.
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