Every year I have a little change of Christmas decor, will it be a red and gold tree or white and silver? When I was a child we just hung whatever was in the decoration box gathered over many years, on each spindly branch - pipe cleaner jesters and mince pie tin snowmen lovingly made by me aged 5 at primary school. These days the tree is more coordinated but I do feel such a sense of nostalgia the older I get for the childhood tree and it's worn silk baubles and tinkling bells. Rose tinted glasses I'm sure as when you are spoilt for choice by today's seasonal offerings such as those from HomeSense who have some ideas for this year's trends, I think the old baubles will be staying in the box.
Shiny & Bright
Bright colours and some child-like cuteness, pastels and candy canes with knitted creatures and fun toy style baubles. Perfect for the young at heart or on a child's tree. Think of coloured felted garlands across the mantelpiece and pops of colour to brighten a room up and bring a rainbow of colours in for December. Dinosaur decorations are playful and kitsch for a look to make you smile.
Luxurious and sophisticated, metallics and plenty of bling to transform the home with classic luxe. I adore the studded hedgehog and the diamanté heart conjures up tales of snowy Russian folk tales. Antique golds work well with this scheme from tealight holders to accessories like mirrors and sparkly cushions. Traditional yet a feminine feel for a glittering winterscape.
Contemporary styling with on-trend coppers teamed with black. Ever popular stags heads and mason jar hipster vibes for the ultimate modern winter styling. A mixture of metallics and neutral shades for a Christmas look with minimalistic tones. Simple statements of elegance and a slight industrial feel, a decor that makes me think of city living and making winter's cocktails.
My favourite look, a little bit of woodland magic and spirit of Lapland. The cosy feel of a log cabin retreat amongst the dark starry night and that green whisper of the Northern Lights. Twinkling fairy lights and lanterns on the fireplace and paper cut artwork - set among red sleighs and bells. This is the look that I want to be opening my presents to on Christmas morning.
Reindeers and antlers dominate this rustic inspired scheme. Animal decorations are cute and will appeal to the children or more masculine elements like the stag antler's candle holder would make a striking centrepiece on a table. Add pine cones, wooden pieces and tweed or tartan cushions into the design for a cosy, earthy feel.
Which look do you like the best? How do you decided what scheme to go for, do you change it each year?
Children's charity, Action for Children have partnered with HomeSense for the sixth consecutive year and will be running the Hang a bauble campaign.
Customers at HomeSense are able to buy a Christmas bauble for £1, on which they can write either a festive message or their happiest childhood Christmas memory. These are then hung on a Christmas tree in the store. All proceeds from the bauble donations will go to Action for Children and its local services.
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