Christmas is a time which has long been associated with a very particular type of decorating. Gold and silver tinsels, brightly coloured baubles and twinkling fairy lights in an array of different colours are all staples of the traditional Yuletide design standard. But for many modern interior design enthusiasts, these types of decorations can be more jarring than charming.
Modern Christmas Design
It stands to reason then, that over the years there has developed a distinctly separate attitude towards Christmas decorating which has sought to combine all the merriment of the season with all the aesthetic chic of modern interior design. For people who embrace this attitude it’s often the case that less is more, both when it comes to the abundance of decorations in their homes and to the variations in style and colour.
In line with many common interior design techniques, decorating for the modern Christmas often means taking inspiration from both the aesthetic traditions of the season and also from other artistic and cultural influences. For example, a person might create a Christmas decorative theme for their home by combining traditional elements – such as the Nativity – with a modern, neutral colour palette.
Decorate to Suit Your Home
It’s also fairly common that homeowners will create their Christmas decorating scheme based on the existing aesthetics of their homes. A home furnished with beautiful pieces from The French Bedroom Company, for example, would be at odds with the often excessive gaudiness of flashing lights and glitter. And it would be more usual for a family home to be decorated in a theme to suit children – featuring Santa, elves, etc. – than that of a single person or childless couple.
Choosing Your Christmas Theme
The easiest way to out together the perfect Christmas look for your home is to first pick an overall theme. This will help you to seamlessly meld all of your choices together and create an aesthetic which flows throughout your home. You might decide to allocate a different colour to each room, or to pick a palette which can be used together throughout your house or apartment.
To get started with choosing your Christmas theme, it’s important to take into consideration all of the following things:
- The existing design of your home
- The age of those celebrating
- Your own personal tastes and styles
- Your budget
As well as considering these factors, it’s also important to take stock of what’s important to you about the festive season. Do you like the traditional decorative elements, or do you prefer a cleaner look? Do you have a favourite childhood decoration which you can use as the basis or your design, or would you prefer to begin from a clean slate? However you choose to decorate your home this Christmas, don’t forget to make it personal to you. After all, nothing says chic like originality.
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