Sparkle At Home This Christmas crack
A beautifully-decked tree should be the focal point on the home at Christmas and this year there’s an array of styles to choose from that can suit your style and room. With Christmas on the way, it’s almost time to deck the halls, dress the tree and turn your home into a seasonal sanctuary. A beautifully decked tree should be the focal point of the home at Christmas and this year there’s an array of styles to choose from. You can indulge a passion for purple, be truly traditional, shimmer with metallics, or stay true to your ‘green’ principles with eco-friendly touches. But if the festivities inspire a ‘Bah humbug!’ feeling or you prefer a ‘cool Yule’ keeping fuss and decoration to a minimum, there are plenty of effects that are chic and glamorous rather than garish.
A purple wonderland
Purple’s could be the favourite colour scheme for rooms this winter, and you could echo the trend by letting its rich, glowing shades give a touch of opulence and luxury to a tree.
“Decorations in rich, nocturnal colours such as plum add a spot of velvety indulgence that’s comforting for long, dark winter days. Combine with accents of teal and glittering gold to give the look a distinctive, fashionable edge.” says Marnie Janaway, Sainsbury’s head of home design.
Get the look: B&Q and Argos both have purple trees if you truly want to embrace this style or go for a brilliant contrast by hanging those richly coloured decorations on a black tree, such as Matalan’s luxury black tree, £20. Next and Sainsbury’s bargain bauble collections are bursting with purples and lilac. Next’s mixed bauble set of 100 costs £20, while Sainsbury’s baubles start from £1.99 each.
Uber-flamboyant designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen is never slow to spot a trend - predictably his collection for Matalan’s Influence range make a show of decadent purple and gold baubles, from £4. Complement them with Lakeland’s clip-on purple Butterflies, £7.99 for three, and its purple and gold beads and sequins garland, £7.99.
This charming look evokes memories of Christmases past. A tree should be prettily decorated in traditional red, white and green, and don’t forget to give pride of place to cherished decorations made by youngsters.
“Nothing beats the traditional palette of red, white and green.”
Get the look: Matalan’s large faux fir tree is a snip at £15, or at Homebase, real trees start from £9.99.
Lakeland’s Christmas decorations are a must for traditionalists, with miniature felt Santas, four for £4.99, while a set of red and white Scandi-style snowflakes, trees, stars and reindeer, is a seasonal snip at £6.99.
Continue the red and white theme with a famous reindeer duo, Dancer & Prancer for £9.99 from Lakeland, which could sit on a mantel ready for Santa’s arrival.
All that glitters
Metallics - gold, silver and bronze - are a glittering, glamorous choice for festive rooms. There’s a razzle-dazzle selection of ‘bling’ decorations so you can dress your tree with golden grandeur, or conjure a magical, shimmering effect with silver and clear glass.
Get the look: Gild a tree - Homebase’s Midnight Black sparkle tree, £39.99, is a six foot stunner - with gold decorations. Go for Debenhams’s gold and black baubles set, £10, and gold star garland £8. Or splash out on something special with Next’s pre-lit gold glass bauble, £15. John Lewis has joined the glitterati gang with a gorgeous gold collection, including a reindeer decoration, £2.50, and gold leaves, £1.50 each.
There’s no need to abandon your eco-principles when dressing a tree. Be resourceful and make your own fabric baubles from fabric scraps, filled with lavender or sweet-smelling herbs. There are also lots of pretty decorations that won’t prick your conscience as they have green credentials. Fairwind’s Fair Trade decorations are hand-made and ethical.
Get the look: Fairwind’s glass and bead angel decoration, £9.50, makes a wonderful tree-topper and £1 of the price benefits a trauma and crisis centre in South Africa. Biome’s felt decorations include a delightful string of white snowballs, £5, made by a collective of women in Kathmandu.
If you hate the idea of decorations cluttering your space, keep it minimal with effects that are so stylish you won’t want to pack them away after the holiday. You’ll definitely be on trend as there’s a huge enthusiasm for a pared-down, minimalist look this season, evidenced by the fact that John Lewis’s chic but simple snowy paper tree sold out in record time.
Get the look: Matalan’s silver jewelled tree, £18, is a good alternative to the norm - a large branch that would look glamorous even if hung with only a few baubles. Or banish the baubles and rely on an arrangement of pre-lit twigs, with 40 lights, £20 from John Lewis, or match a neutral decor scheme with an under-stated cream six foot pre-lit tree, £99 from Marks & Spencer. Alternatively, keep the season at bay by restricting decorations to outside your home. Ensure a welcoming entrance by positioning a couple of mini bay or fir trees either side of the front door, dressed with twinkling fairy lights. John Lewis’s pre-lit topiary or Christmas trees, £35, are in sleek containers. Make a focal point in the back garden by displaying the ultimate fake, the nine-foot-tall Light Tree Tower, £150 by Cox & Cox, which couldn’t fail to impress the neighbours.