Right in time for the festive season, here are some ideas on how to bring more of that shimmering feeling to one’s home, Christmas tree or not.
TIP #1: DECIDE ON A COLOUR THEME
Matching colours is an art, but one that is easy to learn with the right resources. Some options:
- Use the colour circle to decide on your dominant colours (if you want to change from the classical red+green duo). Design-seeds.com have amazing ready-made colour palettes!
- Make a metallic colour dominant: everything goes with silver, gold, and bronze.
- Copy the colour scheme of a painting that you really like (good if you plan to work with many different colours).
- Surf Pinterest for interior examples.
TIP N#2 : DO SOME DIY
DIY helps to bring back some of that child-like euphoria of making something with your own hands (also great for calming tight nerves typical of the December rush).
- Jars decorated with twine rope. All you need are empty jars (from jam, mustard, etc.), a glue gun, and some twine rope. Very neutral, suits any colour palette, and adds a lot of that “hygge” spirit everyone is obsessed with. P.S. This idea also works for glass bottles that can be recycled as candle holders.
- Pine cones. There is so many ways you can play with these! My favourite is to keep them natural, assembled in a small basket on under a glass bell, with small fairy lights intertwined in the pile. If you’re looking for something different, you can consider spraying your pine cones with coloured paints or covering them in melted wax.
- Origamis. I loved this diamond shape and we even did a family activity out of it last year! I did mine with bright patterned paper from Sostrene Grenes, but here’s a neutral go-with-all white version. Hang them separately or make a garland! All you need is paper of your choice and a glue gun.
- I hunted down this idea for decorating a bare wall from a beautiful Russian project Simple & Beyond. All you need is gift-wrapping rope, which you curl with a pair of scissors and then arrange on a string going from one angle of the room to another.
TIP #3: THINK OF THE DINING TABLE
And think simple! Here are some favourite themes:
- White on black: a black table cloth can be a great way to contrast simple white plates and touches of silver.
- White on wood: purity, just like the white snow we dream of seeing this winter holiday!
- Patterns: don’t be scared of adding some colour. Yellow checkers (for a bit of farm chic) or blue-green floral abstracts.
- My absolute favourite scouted on Hello Blogzine: grey ceramics, silver, gold, and a warm bronze.
Happy holiday preparation everyone!
Can’t wait to reveal our upcoming surprises in the posts’ agenda: a special guest next week and the year’s last post! Stay tuned.
Text: Elena Taraskina