Can you hear it?
Jingle bells and a slight whisper of panic as the run up to Christmas begins.
Now, I’m not a fan of the cold — and certainly not of short dark days — but I LOVE this time of year.
A shiny, sparkly beacon amidst the grey, rain-sodden skies, Christmas is — without question — one of my annual highlights.
I think I may actually like the preparation and the anticipation even better than the day itself, if I’m totally honest. I love the planning and excitement (getting the tree is unquestionably one of my favourite things EVER) and decorating the house — whilst carols and festive songs play in the background — makes me feel ridiculously happy.
I think it’s safe to say that I’m a fan.
We’ve had various Christmas decorating ‘themes’ over the years. Everything from one colour (silver one year — gold the next) to rustic and handmade — it’s very difficult not to have your head turned by all the glitter and sparkle on offer, at this time of year. The high street is a fantastic source of inspiration, for a magpie like me.
Jam-packed with baubles and trinkets to suit every taste and every pocket, you can deck your halls with colour and sparkle or go for a more understated, pared down, look.
Here are my favourite Christmas decorating styles for this year.
Scandi — think uncomplicated designs with a Nordic flavour.
Scandi-chic is an enviously ‘together’ look; I always think it looks so effortless but it’s definitely harder to achieve than it appears. I can certainly never seem to manage it as beautifully as in the hero pic above.
If in doubt, go for grey and red with lashings and lashings of white, for good measure.
Luxe — the perfect Christmas decorating scheme for minimalists and those with no children (little Bobby’s homemade bauble has no place in this glamorous theme)!
Opulent metallics in silver, copper and gold, tempered with white give this cool Christmas style a luxurious finish. I love the addition of fresh green in the main shot — I guess you could use any accent colour you wanted — just remember the age old mantra ‘less is more’.
Homespun — a little bit of everything.
Popcorn garlands, paper-chains and all manner of rustic looking trinkets make this a lovely eclectic look.
Team handmade paper decorations with wooden objects and throw in a few felted wool pom-poms to really bring it all to life. I think of log cabins and snow-drifts when I see images like this and I absolutely love the use of the galvanised metal buckets, in place of stockings, in the shot above.
So what’s your Christmas decorating style?
Mine has changed so much over time. We buy a couple of new decorations, every year without fail, and my favourite kind of style, these days, is a mish-mash of everything.
I definitely don’t subscribe to the ‘less is more’ approach when decorating my home for Christmas; ‘the more the merrier’ is probably a more fitting phrase!
Ho ho how many wreaths?
This post was written in collaboration with HomeSense but all thoughts and words, as ever, are my own.
Caro Davies is a former art-director turned writer and content-creator, and editor behind UK lifestyle blog The Listed Home. She writes about home-related topics, from interiors and DIY to food and craft. The Listed Home has been featured in various publications, including Ideal Home, Grazia, and Homes & Antiques magazines.