A traditional Christmas 2016

Each year, forecasters predict design trends and colours for the year, including Christmas. Minimal, Scandi –  all both hot trends that we are seeing this year. And, way back in January this year Pantone selected two colours to represent 2016, Rose Quartz and Serenity. These are a beautiful soft pink and blue –  and agree that they are quite magical colours, but for us Christmas is all about being traditional.  So throw aside your twiggy tree and plain baubles and listen up.  Here’s our top tips for a truly traditional festive celebration of style!

Colours

We would say, go red, gold and green to keep it traditional.  If that’s a step too far for you, antique metallics and glass add a touch of elegance.

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Wrapping

Keep it simple.  Brown paper is very affordable, but there’s no need to shy away from bold colours, use a combination of plain paper and pattern. Why not use string and old fashion cardboard luggage labels as gift cards. Keep costs down, but impact high!

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Foliage

Eucalyptus leaves add a wonderful aroma and are the perfect seasonal foliage to pop in a hand-made wreath, or use as decoration on your table centrepiece.

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Lighting

Get out those fairy lights. Plain white lights give a nice wintery feel and banisters lend themselves nicely to being dressed.  If this is a little over the top, then stick with simple white lights on your tree.    Pillar candles and lanterns add warmth.  Cluster them on your mantlepiece or heath.

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And last but by no means least…

Pick your Christmas tree

We’re all for going for a real one.  But how to choose?  Make sure it fits the proportions of your room…  Ensure your tree of choice doesn’t have any brown needles.  Check to see how well it will hold its needles by gently tapping the stump onto the ground (maybe when on-one’s looking) and see how well it retains its needles! And if all that is too much for you.  There are some fabulous full-shaped fake trees out there to decorate to your taste.

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More ideas can be seen on our Pinterest page