One way or another Christmas 2020 is going to be like no other. With holiday plans completely up in the air, and the prospect of some kind of social distancing in place, decorating the house might be the last thing on your mind. Or not. Maybe you’re of the school of thought that this is one Christmassy thing that doesn’t have to be affected by the current pandemic. Even if nobody sees them. You can always post them on Instagram! There will also be some I’m sure, who will be relieved that the pressure is off and who will be doing a more minimal makeover this year. Whichever camp you fall into, there’s one trend this year that will appeal to all.
A Green and Natural Christmas with Just a Hint of Twinkle
Maybe it’s the Scandinavian influence, but I’m seeing a lot of Christmas decorations that consist mainly of green foliage with just a teensy twinkle of fairly lights. It’s up to you how far you go with it. A little or a lot. And it’s something that you can do yourself with foraged branches, cuttings from the garden, and a little bit of creative flair. Completely old school. Remember the Holly & The Ivy?
Make a Showstopping Entrance
Malvern Outdoor Lantern Bundle, £84.99 / TruGlow® Waterproof Outdoor Candle Trio, £26.99 From Lights 4 Fun.
Even if you’re not expecting visitors or having a big do this year, you can still make an impact around the front door. After all, this is something everyone will see and it will create a lovely festive sight for the neighbours. Putting fresh Christmas trees in the front porch will not only frame the door but will save you all that mess in the house when the needles start to drop. And it goes without saying a wreath is always a good idea, and you can finish the display off with candles in lanterns for a welcoming glow.
A Warm and Welcoming Hall
Image courtesy of Garden Trading.
Continue the warm welcome into the entrance hall. There are so many ideas here to copy and not a hint of tinsel in sight. No bannisters to decorate? No problem. Just frame your mirror with mistletoe. You have one of those right? Place a few silver balls in a bowl with some eucaplytus branches and hang some cardboard stars. The gold rings are another current trend and are easy to DIY.
A Kitchen Gets the Green Treatment
Image courtesy of Garden Trading.
Don’t forget the kitchen when you are getting festive. Keep the decorations high so that they don’t interfere with food preparation. And remember, this greenery doesn’t have to be real. They may not smell as fragrant, but faux branches are very life-like these days, with the added advantage that you can put them away to use next year too.
Shelfie’s, Sideboards and Sills
Christmas Half Wire Wreath from Lights 4 Fun.
Any flat surface is a good place to decorate in this way. And there’s no skill required to place a few branches and candles. So spread the love around and just remember not to leave those flames unattended.
The Inside Outside Effect
From left: Ficus Lyatra houseplant (extra large), from £175; Croton houseplant, from £29.99; Rustic framed botanical print, £29.99; Half rattan wreath with Eucalyptus, £14.99; Monstera houseplant (large), from £12.99; Hanging plants (assorted), from £19.99; small foliage plants (assorted), from £5.99. Plant pots and baskets from a selection available in-store; Warm White Basic String Lights from £14.99 for 160. All from Dobbies Garden Centres.
Create Your Own Little WFH Party
Image featuring Festoon USB Micro Fairy Lights from Lights 4 Fun.
You might not be celebrating the festive season with work colleagues this year but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep your spirits up at your WFH desk. Fairy lights especially will cheer you up no end on those dark wintery afternoons when attention is lagging.
Are you inspired yet? I know I am.
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