December is drawing ever closer and it won’t be long until Christmas decorations are revealed across the world. Creating the right Christmas look in the home is quickly becoming as integral as your interior design for the rest of the year, with many opting to swap bed linen, soft furnishings and finishing touches for a big transformational change each festive season. For a sophisticated take on Christmas decorations, the best source of inspiration is interior designers themselves. The LuxPad talks to Emma Sims Hilditch for her top tips on recreating the designer look in the home this Christmas…
1. Create a Christmas Color Scheme
Light and shade play a vital role in creating a successful design scheme. I love the idea of using darker shades of deep greys and velvety russets to create a dramatic backdrop. Bring this alive with highlights in snowberry white, chocolaty brown and fresh green.
2. Introduce Textures
Textures are ideal for creating a cozy environment every Christmas so layer numerous materials to create a sleek and sophisticated look in the home. Mix chunky wood, smooth glass and soft textiles such as wools, sheepskins or velvets to create layers of texture and warmth. Some of the more easily changable layers can be kept just as seasonal items to be displayed only over the Christmas period and these festive soft furnishings will also work to refresh the overall look of the room too.
3. Gather Foliage From the Garden
I love bringing plants and greenery into my home throughout the year but most especially at Christmas. Ivy branches encapsulate the Christmas spirit and work beautifully when tumbled on top of a fireplace. For me, decorating is all about crafting the perfect Christmas that welcomes the countryside. Collecting sprigs of foliage, gnarly twigs and scented fir cones are all part of what makes this festive period special in my home.
4. The Christmas Tree
To me, choosing our tree is part of the excitable build up to Christmas. In my home, we prefer real trees to artificial – the fresh pine scent is so beautifully festive! To decorate, I like to use glass baubles (either homemade or collected over the years), a warming glow from LED lights and sprigs of red berries to add a touch of color.
5. Decorate with Hanging Wreaths
A homemade wreath is a sign of welcoming and acknowledgement of holiday cheer. I love to use plenty of foliage and fragrant plants such as eucalyptus and fresh pine firs. The aroma instantly becomes nostalgia of my Christmases as a child. Try intertwining twigs from the garden, add bunches of snowberries and finish with dried roses.