CHOOSING YOUR CHRISTMAS DECORATING THEME


It's November and weather you like it or not Christmas is slowly creeping upon us everywhere you look, from the lights being put up early in Oxford street, to the Christmas adverts being rolled out on TV. I personally love Christmas and have no issues with it being dragged out a little longer! We are spoilt for choice when if comes to buying Christmas Decorations, you can see that from a visit to the famous Harrods Christmas floor, they have a huge variety of Christmas Decorations. If you can't face the crowds then you can now have the pleasure of curling up on your sofa and shopping online.

Before choosing your decorations I think it's always easiest if you have a theme in mind, be it style, colour or material palette. If you are just adding to decorations from last year then chose styles and colours which compliment each other. There are three styles which cover most peoples tastes, Traditional, Nordic and bright + colourful, read below to see how you can use these looks this year in your home.

Nordic | Red, White + Green

The Nordic style is all about keeping it simple using natural colours and materials, think wicker, pine cones, berry red and forest greens. Putting your tree in a wicker basket is a nice touch and I've even seen wicker skirts now available from Homebase

The Tree | When decorating your tree keep your decorations classic but simple, less is more when it comes to the Nordic style and these hand-painted ceramic baubles by Jane Redmond are the perfect addition to your tree.

The Presents | When it comes to wrapping the presents under the tree, using simple brown paper and coloured ribbon is such an easy and effective way to create that Nordic vibe. Adding a candy cane for sprig or rosemary adds a little more festive interest.

The Table | If you want to show off a little bit, I always feel the table is the perfect place to do so. By adding that wow factor you can make your guests feel like Royalty! It's all about creating layers and although the Nordic style is simpler then the traditional Christmas style, the same 'rules' still apply. I always like to start from the middle and work my way out. Using festive foliage in the centre of the table is my favourite go-to decoration. You can't go wrong with natural materials and they blend in seamlessly with each of the different Christmas styles. Ivy, Eucalyptus, Holly and a few broken branches off the base of your Christmas tree are the best foliage to use. To create the best mood possible use lots of candles! Don't forget the little details, tying some Holly and Berries or a piece of cinnamon to your napkins is a nice touch (and adds a little festive scent).

The Door | There are so many realistic artificial wreaths available now but I still think you can't beat a real one, plus it's all part of the fun going to your local florist, choosing the different foliage or even heading to the garden to see what you can find. That's what I did last year, most of mine was made from berries and leaves found in the garden with a few clusters of dried orange slices tied on.

Colour Pop

The Colour Pop trend is a great one for those who like to keep things fun and a little bit kitch. This trend is a far as it gets away from the traditional Christmas theme, anything goes! There are no boundaries when it comes to colour or what you put on your tree so long as it's bright and has a bit of glitter on and a hint of metallic.

The Tree | If you don't have room for a tree I love this idea of having a few bushy branches in a large vase. Filling the bottom of the vase with coloured sand will add extra colour and a bit more stability if you chose glitter twigs or branches which do not need water.

This Large glass bubble vase is perfect for a few stems.

Or you can always choose a wider vase to really pack in the branches.

Baubles | I love these decorations from Harrods too and can't wait to put them up, They would be perfect for any fashion lover, after all everyone needs a bit of style at Christmas and what better way to include this then a mini lipstick or a Pink metallic Dr Martin style boot?! They look great hung on a vase full of sparkly twigs and would even look great as a table centre piece.

The Presents | I do love a Pom Pom and I think they are a super fun way to spruce up the presents under your tree. If you are super crafty then why not make your own?!

The Table | A great inexpensive way to dress your table is again to start with a centre piece of foliage but then cover it in as many different coloured baubles as you can with different coloured tea light holders dotted amongst them. Why not use coloured glassware too to serve your guests drinks?

The Traditional Christmas

To me the traditional Christmas is the Victorian Christmas, with over embellishment, indulgence, Red, Gold and Green. It conjures up images of roaring fires, Scrooge and London in the snow.

The Focal Point | The focal point of a festive cosy room has to the fireplace. Even if you don't have a real fire dressing the mantle piece is always a must in my eyes. Draping garland and lighting a few candles really creates a warm and welcoming feel. Adding extra ornaments such as a reindeer, nutcracker statue or this festive telephone advent calendar (below). This piece is timeless and can be brought out every year and filled with what delights you fancy!

The Table | To create a centrepiece that really stand out add height to you table decorations with vases of festive bouquets, tall candelabras or mini Christmas tree decorations.

With so many options I'm sure you'll have the best looking Christmas yet! To help you on your way I have chosen a few decorations from the Harrods Christmas Decoration selection below.

Happy shopping!

Shop the Harrods Decorations Edit

Jayne Redmond Father Christmas Bauble | £30.00

Inspired by the tales of St Nicholas, this quaint bauble from Jayne Redmond has been meticulously hand-painted with a charming Santa Clause face. Fashioned with a red ribbon hanging loop, this decoration is perfect for bringing some festive magic into your home.

Jayne Redmond Post Box Christmas Bauble | £30.00

Bring a touch of quintessentially British charm to your Christmas decorations with Jayne Redmond's post box bauble. Hand-painted with a charming red post box motif, this decoration is perfect for bringing some seasonal magic to your home.

Harrods Wooden Telephone Box Advent Calendar | £99.00

A family heirloom to ignite excitement year after year, this advent calendar features 25 little drawers set into a traditional British telephone box. Create your own festive countdown, filling each drawer with sweets, tiny treasures or ideas for Christmas activities written on strips of paper.

Tinker Tailor Doc Martin Boot Decoration | £20.00

Add a touch of fashion to your Christmas tree this season with this Tinker Tailor decoration. Inspired by the recognisable Dr Martin boot, it's fashioned in a metallic hue with exquisite gold piping around the edges. Embroidered with delicate jewel detailing, simply hang by the gold-tone rope for an opulent styletouch.

Harrods Red Lipstick Decoration | £10.00

Add a touch of fashion to your Christmas tree this season with this Tinker Tailor decoration. Inspired by the recognisable Dr Martin boot, it's fashioned in a metallic hue with exquisite gold piping around the edges. Embroidered with delicate jewel detailing, simply hang by the gold-tone rope for an opulent styletouch.

Photo credits: Pinterest unknown | Harrods

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