Setting the Scene

As the festive season draws upon us, now is the time for creating a warming winter atmosphere to enjoy the festivities in.

5th December 2022

The countdown to Christmas is on, so it’s time to evoke a calming space to unwind, recharge, and embrace the festive spirit. Let your guests unwrap a joyful space as soon as they step inside, where they can truly celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.

Make decadent finishes and tactile textures the stars of the show, complemented by seasonal colourways and contemporary twists on traditional Christmas décor.

Read on for a helping of our expert advice on creating a beautiful festive scheme, helping you enjoy an elegant space to round off the year in!

Give a Warm Welcome

Your hallway is the first space your guests will step into, so make sure they step into a winter wonderland displaying an array of festive finishes.

Hang curtains in fabrics finished in palettes of pale gold or cool silver for a seasonal feel. Tactile finishes such as opulent jacquards and sumptuous weaves add depth and visual interest, or incorporate geometric designs in wintery shades for a contemporary twist. Drape bannisters with plentiful garlands for the ultimate festive look, incorporating warming fairy lights for added ambience. Candles and tealights are also perfect for encouraging a relaxed mood, casting a warming glow that places your guests at ease.

Fashion a Space to Celebrate

With your home soon to be full of guests, start by filling it with fabulous finishes that leave all your guests feeling cocooned and Christmassy.

Invite richness into an otherwise neutral scheme and opt for semi-shine metallic finishes for a look that exudes sophistication. Pair sofas in embossed velvets with opulent jacquards and delicate embroideries in scatter cushions and cosy throws, for a winter-inspired scheme that remains stylish year-round. Stick to a palette of seasonal silvers, light golds, and charcoal tones, injecting pops of colour into your scheme with sophisticated rose-coloured fabrics. Add elements of fresh greenery for further depth and interest with festive succulents and garlands.

Serve in Style with the Perfect Tablescape

Prepare to serve up a feast with a dinner setting that perfectly captures the season.

For an impactful tablescape, opt for layers upon layers with plenty of embellishments. Start with your base tablecloth, layering on your runner and placemats. For the runner, opt for a festive fabric that still exudes elegance; luxurious semi-shine metallic designs or opulent jacquards are the perfect choice. Utilise any leftover pieces of fabric for elegant, bespoke napkins that minimise waste and coordinate beautifully with your table arrangement. Tie your tablescape together with foliage spanning the table, with seasonal flowers, festive sprigs, baubles, and towering candle sticks truly setting the scene.

Let Nature In on the Festivities

Inviting the outdoors in has been an enduring interior trend for 2022, and has started to be incorporated into Christmas décor schemes.

Creating harmony between the outdoors and in is essential, so don’t reserve greenery for your tree this year. From your table settings to hallways, inviting natural elements into your Christmas décor is key to creating a rustic, welcoming look rich in detail. Incorporate fabrics in natural palettes into your scheme, or gather trimmings from the tree and pair with pinecones and a handful of floral sprigs for the perfect tablescape. Finally, layer with fairy lights, tealights, or candles for a warming glow.

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