Making your home a star-studded social media phenomenon this Christmas is vital. This time of year proves to be the ideal 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!
Mastering your living room
If you’re looking to make a statement in regard to your Christmas decorations, start in the most important room – the living room. 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.
Changing your walls
Royal blues and sage greens are the perfect colours for the festive season and will transform your room into a movie-like set – think Miracle on 34th Street. 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 painting, the big question is: what should we decorate the walls with? 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.
If you’re using a wreath this year, go with a pre-lit one to ensure that it pops off the wall. 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.
Adding comfort materials to your room
If you plan to post pics of your room this season, you need to get yourself some check curtains that are guaranteed to make your room look more homely. 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.
Uncertainty can arise when it comes to deciding how many cushions you should have placed on your sofa. 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!
Decorating the ultimate Christmas tree
Put some Christmas music on, light some candles because it’s time to put up your 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. 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.
Don’t worry about what colour tree you use this Christmas, you can make anything work! 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.
If you’re looking to make your tree unique, a Christmas tree garland can make the perfect addition. However, deciding on the type can be a challenge — if you want to keep up with Xmas 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!”.
There are many questions when it comes to picking the right baubles for your tree. 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!
Don’t forget to place some fake presents under the tree, as well as a small train track to make it extra special. 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.
Dining tips for Christmas day
Perfecting Christmas lunch is vital – remember, this day only comes once a year so it’s important you get it right. 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!
It’s been proven by psychologists that people who decide to decorate earlier, are happier people. Since Christmas is almost here, there’s no reason for you to not start preparing and with this guide from bedroom furniture suppliers Oldrids & Downtown – you should be one step in the right direction.