Giving your home that seasonal spark

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When I was asked to share this with my readers I thought it would be great. I love to put up Christmas decorations but never really take things any further with Christmas cushions etc so I thought this was a great article with some different ideas.

Christmas is just around the corner, and it’s the right time to start making your interior design changes. This time of year proves to be the perfect opportunity to show off your perfectly decorated home to all of your followers, and create the ultimate Christmassy feed that will look aesthetically pleasing on your profile at the same time. But for those with a home that’s just not up to scratch this Christmas, we’ve teamed up with Oldrids & Downtown to give you a guide on how you can change your interior design and make it more magical for the festive season!

The most important room of the home

Remember that this room will be the centre of all Christmas activity. In here, you will be propping up your Christmas tree and flooding your sofa with seasonal cushions and throws. But there are some top tips and tricks you need to know to make your home more visually pleasing for the festive season.

Touching up your walls

Repainting can be a challenge, but if you have the time to do it – it’s worth making your home that extra festive this year, we recommend that you use a royal blue or sage green to reflect Christmas connotations. However, if you’re not looking to repaint entirely — the rest of your decorating will not suffer, as there is a lot of versatility around Christmas decor.
After you’ve finished painting your walls, you need to decide what wall pieces will be a talking point of all conversations. You don’t want to make them too cluttered, but you definitely want to have a movie-like backdrop when it comes to taking photographs on the big day. If you want to showcase your picture-perfect family, hang different sized frames across your wall in an inconsistent pattern — if you don’t want to use multiple photographs and only want to shine the spotlight on one family portrait, make sure that it’s a big photograph to reduce the risk of it looking lost on your wall.
Be unconventional and bring your wreath inside this year, it will definitely become a yearly tradition. If you want to make it a focal point, either hang it independently above your fireplace or let it stand on your mantelpiece and lean it against the wall.

Warming your room with some threads

If you’re looking to make your room like Santa Claus’ Grotto, add some checked curtains that will make your room fit for a social media post. Stick with a subtle colour — nothing too bold, as this could take the attention away from other aspects of the room you’ve decorated for the jolly season.
How many cushions should you have on your sofa is a question that every homeowner asks. You need to find a balance and there are many factors that can influence your decision on how many you need. You need to look at the size of the cushions, the number of sofas in your room and their sizes. Make sure that the cushions you purchase have some festive features, such as snowflakes or reindeers. When it comes to colour, we recommend that you try and stay within the colour scheme of your room — match with either your walls or your curtains – and do not match your cushions with the colour of your sofa or this can make your whole room clash!
Waking up Christmas morning with new curtains and cushions that compliment your bedroom furniture would definitely create a Christmas spirit like no other.

Oh Christmas tree! Oh Christmas tree!

Putting up the Christmas tree is always an event in itself — the family comes together, you eat nice food and you put on festive tunes or movies. When it comes to picking a tree, artificial trees tend to be the easiest. You want to avoid as much mess as possible around this period because if you don’t, everything becomes more challenging and this is something you don’t want to encounter during the holidays.
If you go for an artificial tree, you need to pick a colour – but don’t worry, this should not impact your decorating skills. Once you’ve pieced together your tree and it’s ready to decorate, remember to hang the LED twinkle lights first — spread them out evenly so that your tree can sparkle in all directions.
Garlands can make the most beautiful feature to your tree, so it might be worth purchasing this much-needed piece. However, deciding on the type can be a challenge — if you want to keep up with Christmas tree trends, you could go with a string-like garland that includes sleigh bells or even pom-poms that look like snowballs. Another trend that is picking up and would make a killer Insta-pic is letters that hang around the tree spelling out a festive phrase such as “Merry Christmas!” or “Ho! Ho! Ho!”.
Use a mixture of gigantic and tiny baubles to make your tree stand out to any visitor. If you’re using a white tree, do not go with silver coloured baubles and instead opt for a bright and bold colour such as reds and golds. Those using a green Christmas tree, you can’t go wrong with silver!
If you’re looking to make tree look more desirable, add some Christmas boxes below and even some sparkles to make it glitter throughout the night. If you have little ones, it might be a nice idea to have a children’s train track loop around the tree to make things extra special.

Tips for mastering Christmas lunch

This can sometimes be seen as the most stressful part of Christmas day, but it doesn’t have to be! From table covers to dinner sets, everything must be perfect. When it comes to the dining room, you need to make sure that everything is in the right position and that your table design is not lacking in creativity. First, position candles at opposite sides of the table and make sure that they’re in a symmetrical position. Secondly, position your tableware for each person in the right area — don’t make things too tight, people want to stretch freely after stuffing their faces without the fear of nudging someone by accident. It’s important to leave room in the centre of the table for sauces and gravy boats to reduce the amount of running backwards and forwards to the kitchen!
Experts have said that those who put up their Christmas decorations late tend to be unhappier people – don’t put yourself in that bracket! Since Christmas is almost here, there’s no reason for you to not start preparing.

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