Have you ever wondered how interior designers decorate their home for Christmas? Sarah Oaten, Senior Designer at Bear René, shows us how to create an elegant yet cosy, festive atmosphere in our homes this Christmas.
Creating an enchanted, festive atmosphere in the home for family and friends to enjoy is what Christmas is all about. In our house it all begins when the Christmas music is turned on full-volume (in November!), the children’s stockings are dusted off and the scent of pine wafts through the house from the Norway Spruce, just waiting to be transformed into the centrepiece of the celebrations.
Throughout the busy festive season for interior designers, with client houses to decorate and room designs needed for Christmas events, crafting our own magical masterpiece in our home is still high priority and here’s how we do it…
From the moment you enter your home, you want to be immersed in Christmas joy, starting from the wreath on your door, to the aromas when you step inside and the enticing twinkle of the lights in the living room and all around.
3 WAYS TO DECORATE YOUR HOME LIKE AN INTERIOR DESIGNER FOR CHRISTMAS
1. Use natural materials to create ambience using all the senses
Natural decorations are not just placed to please the eye, they are the essence for your Christmas aroma. Smells can be so evocative in creating a festive ambience. Candles are perfect for this – orange and citrus scents, pine and woody notes or cinnamon, clove and spice aromas all set the tone for your home. The addition of cinnamon sticks, dried oranges, evergreens and pine in your decorations also help fill your home with seasonal aromas – especially important if using an artificial tree.
Adornments brought in from nature are perfect for conveying the ‘outdoors indoors’ feel, which has been a growing trend in interior design throughout the year. Neutral and earthy tones will be popular, with highlights of metallics.
Sprayed branches inserted into the Christmas tree will spruce up your tree, using feathers, pine cones, eucalyptus, olive branches, poppy seed heads, moss and foliage of varying colours and textures incorporated into your decorations on the tree and in table centrepieces will produce a magical effect. Consider creating a canopy of foliage across your ceiling flooded with intricate LED lights for a fairy-tale party space or to achieve a similar but smaller-scale look, wind the foliage through your ceiling pendants and chandeliers.
2. Work in velvet for a touch of soft luxe
Christmas is a cosy time of year and beautiful soft velvets gives you a feeling of luxe whilst being warm and inviting. Interior design is not just about the visual – it’s your experience in the space, so make use of tactile fabrics.
Want to create an eclectic look? Using contrasting textured fabric combinations throughout your furniture and soft furnishings adds interest without the need for going too bold with colour if you’d rather stay neutral. This works well for using neutral and earthy tones in your Christmas decorations.
Velvets, particularly vintage velvets, make beautiful festive adornments in the form of over-sized bows and elaborate sashes. These can be added to your Christmas tree, wreath and also in your table displays. Small touches like using velvet bows in the place-names on your dining table, with the addition of rosemary too, will have a dramatic effect whilst bringing the whole ‘outdoors indoors’ style together.
3. Make a statement with coloured glass
Coloured glass can add a rich pop of colour to your decorations – think jewel tones and colours from nature. Of course there are coloured baubles in abundance at Christmas! My advice would be to use mouth-glass blown baubles for that natural and unique effect. Plastic baubles (although good value) can feel too perfect and they don’t have the same weighty, antique finish as glass. We’re particularly fond of recycled glass baubles this year!
Another way we’ll be incorporating coloured glass into the decorations is through the tableware. Having a special set of coloured wine and water glasses for Christmas is a lovely touch, but also think about plates, bowls and your serving dishes. I love getting them out every year and you can have a lot of fun on your table with a spot of colour. Plus the glass reflects the candles and fairy lights brilliantly.
Sarah Oaten is one of three Senior Designers at Bear René – a luxury Interior Design and Architecture firm working in London, across the South of England and internationally, with projects featured in The Sunday Times, The English Home and House and Garden’s The List.
Looking to transform your home and create a breathtaking, original space that works for you? View our portfolio and get in touch to arrange an initial meeting to discuss your ideas and vision for your home.