Jess Hurrell, from Gold is a Neutral, shares her expert advice with The LuxPad on how to go big this Christmas with decorations whilst keeping it classy.
When it comes to Christmas styling, I am definitely in the go hard or go home camp. Because if you can’t go over the top at Christmas, when can you? But going big at Christmas does not mean abandoning your sense of style and taste. It is totally possible to have a stylish home at Christmas. Here are my top tips on how to achieve it…
1) Lashings of lights
Candles, tealights and fairylights are an absolutely essential element of creating any festive scene. Think about adding hurricane lamps in different sizes to a hearth, or place them on your stairs if you have a wide staircase and there is space for them. Don’t just put fairylights in your Christmas tree. Wrap them along a staircase swag or nestle them in amongst some logs for extra twinkle if you don’t have a working fire. Add candlesticks or candelabras at different heights to create interest and drama on mantelpieces, sideboards and dining tables and use different colored candles for more impact.
Whether real or faux, dressing your house in festive foliage such as holly, ivy and myrtle, is a fabulous way to create drama, while also keeping it classy. Give any room a real wow factor by dressing the fireplace with lots of foliage. It’s often the place where the whole family gathers around at Christmas so it’s the perfect opportunity to make an impact. Layer your chosen foliage up across the mantelpiece and then nestle baubles and candlesticks in between for extra sparkle. Another way to make a big statement and grab your guests attention is to wrap or swag ivy around your staircase and pop some seasonal blooms in there too to make it all pop. You can weave in Christmassy garlands as well for added glamour and hang some of your favorite baubles along the length of the foliage too.
3) Think outside the box
Think about where you can add an extra element of festive fun by thinking outside the box when you are decorating. Think about placing garlands around doorways or hanging wreaths on walls, or internal doors, or around mirrors.
4) Make it cosy
Christmas is all about combating the cold and making your home as cosy as possible. So swap your cushions out for plush velvets in jewel tones and add sheepskins to create a cosseting feel. You can also throw sheepskins over dining room chairs to make your guests feel extra comfortable over their Christmas dinner.
5) Cocktail o’clock
If you want to create a Gatsby style party atmosphere, style up your cocktail trolley for the festive season and make sure it is well-stocked and ready for your Christmas guests. If you don’t have a cocktail trolley, create your own by styling up a side table with a decorative tray, your best glassware and a cocktail shaker. It’s also handy to master a few cocktail recipes in advance so you can wow with your bartending skills. Failing that, champagne never goes out of fashion.