Christmas home trends for 2015
With less than 70 days left until Christmas, the festive season is rapidly approaching: like it or not the holidays are coming. With so much to arrange in the build up to the big day, planning your décor in advance can alleviate many of the other pressures involved. There is a wealth of decorations on the high street, online and in supermarkets to choose from, catering to all budgets.
As revealed in her Christmas preview, queen of cute home accessories Gisela Graham has all bases covered, from ornaments to wreathes and hanging decorations. Making your own decorations or centrepieces using fresh foliage like ivy, holly, fir and mistletoe alongside candles and flowers like poinsettia or roses touched by sparkle can finish a number of schemes, building a wonderfully fresh and unique look.
The colour scheme of red and white, with woven, cosy and practical textiles using natural materials creates an instantly recognisable effect. Using bare branches to hang decorations is one example of making very simple but striking pieces to place around the home.
Red, green and gold have long been considered the basis of traditional Christmas decoration; luxe finishes and patterns like holly leaves and poinsettias are symbolic of the season. Foliage and red berries, and tartan appearing in trims like ribbons and print are also key features in red and green schemes.
Blue has been the dominant shade of 2015 across clothing, homeware and design collections alike. Hues of blue across colour palettes work beautifully with white, purple, green and metallic tones. Combine different blues together or against other colours, as Gisela Graham’s Peacocks collection does.
Frosting is all about sparkle – lightly or heavily glittered decorations lend to a truly opulent wintery wonderland effect, providing lots of surfaces for light to bounce off. Muted, pastel shades work just as well with a frosted theme as much as richer colours. This versatile effect can easily be created as a DIY project by using glitter spray or direct application of flakes to surfaces – wood, glass, plastic, candles and fabrics.
Combining vintage clothing with more contemporary items, whether you’re choosing a something different or staying with a traditional scheme, can achieve a stylish and unique look. Sentimental childhood ornaments and decorations, or vintage one-offs can be given a new look simply by being paired with newer pieces.