Christmas Home Style: Traditional vs Contemporary

There’s always a lot of talk about the different ‘looks’ for Christmas decor, and I’m sure this year will be the same. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ll be writing a few posts like that myself in the coming weeks. Do you like the more Traditional Christmas tree, or perhaps something more contemporary? Do you prefer tinsel to stag covered bunting? Or Christmas cards on every surface to a simple display?

Whatever your preference for decor it’s always interesting to see what’s new or find inspiration for something creative.

I’ve been looking at LuxDeco, where interior designer Sophie Paterson has curated two different Christmas collections:

The Traditional Christmas vs The Contemporary Christmas.

The Traditional Christmas:

The Traditional Christmas is based upon a cosy Scottish hunting lodge crossed with the atmosphere of a Gentleman’s club – Sophie Paterson, Interior Designer.


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Traditional Christmas collage

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Full of heritage styling, with rich warm colours and plenty of texture and pattern, this look is reminiscent of a grand country house steeped in history. That doesn’t mean that you can’t recreate this in your home, if you don’t have a grand country pad though. Get yourself a traditional Christmas tree and use darker colours, mixed with reds and greens to decorate. Larger, even oversized, opulent looking decorations will work best, and give a sense of grandeur. Introduce the theme throughout the house, working your way to the dining table. Candleabra, natural materials like pine cones and feathers, solid cutlery and rich red flower display will add depth and character to this look, so don’t hold back!


The Contemporary Christmas:

The Contemporary Christmas is influenced by the idea of an elegant, sparkling Christmas scene with lots of silver, cream, grey and white – Sophie Paterson, Interior Designer.


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Contemporary Christmas collage

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Even though it’s more pared back than the Traditional look, this Contemporary Christmas is still rather opulent and luxurious. Oversized ornaments are still seen througout, set on a sparkling backdrop of silvers and whites. You really do get a sense of the enchanted Winter Wonderland with this collection. Again, this one is easy to put together in your own home, focusing on simple styling and pale, neutral colouring. Use a traditional green tree, or opt for something more contemporary, either will work well with this look and these adornments.

What do you think of these two looks? Do you have a favourite?

Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
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  1. Anne
    November 11, 2014 / 10:52 am

    Over the years I’ve done both the traditional and the contemporary looks, but I think I prefer the traditional most. I’d love that sweeping staircase though!

  2. Kizzy
    November 11, 2014 / 1:01 pm

    I like a bit of both, I went modern with our tree last year in the lounge but I am hoping to try out some more traditional decorations in our dining room this year too.

  3. EvaC
    November 14, 2014 / 1:07 pm

    I can’t decide, both are great. Perhaps this year I’ll make traditional Christmas home decoration and the next year – contemporary.

  4. Pimpays
    November 16, 2014 / 4:10 pm

    Perhaps this year I’ll make traditional home decorating and the next year – contemporary.

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