It may seem a tad early, but thereâ€™s only one thing on designer minds right now: getting into the festive spirit! Sure, thereâ€™s plenty of clichÃ© and tradition involved, but thereâ€™s also room for originality. Follow us on our voyage through a Christmas home, and feel free to bring your note pad.
STEP 1: First Impressions
First impressions are key, none more so than the grand front door itself. It doesnâ€™t matter if these are new guests or the oldest of friends, you want things to look as inviting and appealing as possible, especially at this time of the year when everybody wants to feel at home.
A show-stopping wreath is a great way to make your home stand out among the rest, and something you can craft yourself, although itâ€™s worth thinking outside the box when it comes to flower choice. This said, if you are pushed for time there are some stunning pre-made offerings on the market.
STEP 2: Welcome Inside
The welcoming entrance should extend into the hallway. These should be warm and inviting, light the first aspect noted by guests as they flow through the front door; thereâ€™s nothing worse than a dark and dingy ambiance!
After all, this is Christmas, a time for light and joy, and whether youâ€™re blessed with a natural light source or instead require some unnatural assistance, for example through use of mirrors, itâ€™s a good idea to make sure things are well lit.
Grand or subtle? The choice is up to you this season, though fairy lights and metallic tinsel are ideal to accompany permanent fixtures such as stair runners and oak boards. Many variations of the latter are waiting to be explored at UK Flooring Direct, including Barlinek Balsamico Grande, which is sure to bring glad tidings with its rich, warming hue.
STEP 3: Sit Down, Relax
The living room is a place to nestle with family flying about over the Christmas period; warm and comfortable is order of the day.
A false skin throw or simple thick-pile rug can introduce such warmth and comfort, and weâ€™re big fans of this Jazz Ivory offering. Weâ€™re advocates of all things distressed and â€˜worn-inâ€™, as texture is every bit as important as colour when it comes to putting a room set together. This applies to every piece found in the room, from rugs and cushions down to rich earthy floorboards.
Foliage is a low-cost and simple way to bring this great season indoors, neatness not required when scattering your berried branches and holly. Having said this, Plasti-kote is a great cupboard item if you are trying to maintain a gold or silver theme, in line with the all-important tree!
STEP 4: Come Dine With Me
With any Christmas makeover, there is a balance to be gained when using both the traditional and the contemporary.
Take a look at this roomset, quintessential Christmas yet modern elements shining through. A dinner table feature weâ€™ve fallen in love with is the glass jug or dome, often coloured, with seasonal accessories or figurines found within. Youâ€™ll score well for originality here.
Add to this some scented tealights in a Lattice-Style Holder from the White Company, plus some arts and crafts which are brilliant for getting the kids involved, and the look starts to come together.
Intricate or bold, the dining room is central to any Christmas design success story, and as we spend such an important time here, the proof really is in the pudding.
STEP 5: Behind the Scenes
Our journey comes to an end in the kitchen, again a key ingredient in gaining Christmas success. Whatâ€™s produced here will keep stomachs satisfied across the festive season, so itâ€™s only right to spend as much time accessorising here as we would in the rest of the home.
As well as your kitchen accessories, from the gratuitous Croquembouche to Lakelandâ€™s less glamorously-named Fat Trappers, thereâ€™s some serious design work to be carried out. This roomset shows this in all its glory, a fabulous monotone scheme that eagle-eyed readers will have noticed in The Inspiration Centre before.
Our eyes are drawn to the sweeping white planks, Galleria Elite White from UKFD a subtle choice for those wanting the beauty of the oak to shine through. This washed effect can also be found in the brandâ€™s laminate product range, meaning this on-trend look can be gained no matter the practical requirements and budget.
Be brave, and most of all have fun with your design this Christmas. Weâ€™d love to hear how you get on!