The Christmas season is arriving on our doorsteps with a frightening quickness; Autumn has barely even gotten a word in, and yet here we are thinking hard about the coming festive season. Collectively speaking, we’re around £3 billion worse off than we were last Christmas, making the buying of gifts a particularly – and unfortunately – treacherous undertaking.
Fortunately, Christmas isn’t solely about the giving of gifts. It is also about the sharing of love, time, and space with one another. Part of the festive season’s charm comes from the homely decorative decisions we make each year, and this year is no different. What are some key décor ideas you could utilise to create an elegant, homely, and welcoming Christmas home this year?
Let There Be Light
When it comes to decorating for Christmas, a lot of time and energy is naturally given to your trees; baubles and tinsel are mainstays, and even your outdoor foliage can benefit from these kinds of bursts of colour. But light is your best friend for outdoor arrangements, being an extremely versatile medium through which to create practically any vibe.
Your garden can come to life with the addition of the right lights; your trees and hedges could be festooned with outdoor-safe fairy lights, as focal points to delineate the boundaries of your garden space in the dark. Light-up ornaments are a great way to add intrigue to your lawn and flowerbeds, while smaller ornamental lighting can be used to light up pathways and patios.
A Garden Grotto
Light is one of the best ways to make the outdoors seem cosy, especially against the harshness of the winter weather. However, your garden decoration exercise need not stop with light. Indeed, you could take this opportunity to create a garden grotto that invites you to embrace the cold!
Outdoor furniture need not solely be a summer fling; cosy outdoor sofas can be made cosier with seasonal blankets, and the fire pit could be pulled out for some wintry nights around the fire. For further seasonal decoration, you could take matters into your own hands and make some wreaths specially to hang around your decking or patio area.
The Outdoors, In
Of course, you aren’t decorating your garden solely to spend time in it. Most of the time, you will not be wholly inclined to sit outdoors; instead, you’ll be much more likely to sit in your cosy warm living room, admiring the beauty of your garden from inside. But why not bring some of that beauty inside?
The same principles you used to decorate your outside oasis could be used inside, to create continuity and make for a stylish home that feels congruent with its external decoration. The same colour and type of fairy lights could be hung on the wall or draped over shelves, with dried flower arrangements adding some wintry texture not too far from your wreath designs.
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