The nights are drawing in and many families are finalising their preparations for Christmas. After a particularly difficult year, it seems as though we’re making more effort as a nation to give ourselves and each other a lift. With references to exotic climes and our increased appreciation of the natural world, it seems our Christmas decor is leading the way to a better 2021.
From traditional living room Christmas decor that the whole family can admire, to outdoor displays designed to wow the neighbours and passers-by, it seems we’re doing up our homes and gardens like never before. Whether traditional, monochrome or colourful is your thing, these Christmas decoration ideas for 2020 and beyond will give your home some much-needed festive flair to delight your social bubbles this Christmas.
Vibrant Christmas colour schemes
Christmas decor is traditionally green and red with hints of gold and silver, but with travel so disrupted this year, it seems as though designers are reimagining the Christmas tree with dreams of faraway places and exotic, theatrical touches.
In recent years, colour schemes have expanded into shades of blue and pink, white, grey and beige, but 2020 has delivered an even more spectacular spectrum of colour palettes to our seasonal tree displays, such as this fabulous tree styling from Jeffreys Interiors.
Top Tips: A white-tipped Christmas tree makes a beautiful canvas for any colourful baubles. The key to implementing a gorgeous Christmas colour scheme in your home is tying it in with your existing living room decor and furniture. If you have a block-colour wall or statement pieces of furniture, it’s always a good idea to match up your decorations where you can. For those with bright living room decor, lighter shades of gold and silver will help to neutralise the tone in your room while still offering some festive fun.
With many of us spending more time outdoors this year, our well-documented reconnection to nature and her beautiful forms has transferred to a pared-down Nordic celebration of Christmas motifs. Combining tones of green, gold, black and white creates a warm, graphic Christmas story, just like this lovely decor created by Satu Interiors.
DIY advent calendars
Advent calendars are a fun way to include a festive activity every day (which comes especially in handy when you have kids!). Making your own advent calendar will not only tie in with the theme of your living room, but it’s a great way to get the rest of the family involved. A DIY advent calendar also comes with the added bonus of choosing your own treats! Crafting your own can be as simple as painting an old box, putting together some old pieces of wood or even creating hanging bags just like Lianne Carey has done in the image below.
The Christmas stocking
In 2020, stockings above the fireplace are making a comeback! Originally, children hung an everyday sock by the chimneypiece for Santa, but nowadays stockings are knitted, embroidered, monogrammed, you name it! Whatever your preference, a stocking hung by the fireplace is a symbol of hope and anticipation and this year, they are out in force. Just take a look at the most beautiful examples of this below, from Ellejay Smith.
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If you haven’t got a fireplace, try creating a centrepiece wall with a wreath and decorations to hang your stockings beneath. You could even make your furniture part of the centrepiece by adding some cosy winter throws to match your decor.
Additional Christmas decor ideas for other areas of the home
The Welcoming Wreath
Foraging for Spruce, Holly and Ivy to make wreaths and garlands is a simple, traditional, fun for all activity that allows the whole family to get creative at Christmas. Proudly display your homemade wreath on the front door to create a welcoming entryway guaranteed to promote that much-needed festive community feel this season. Just take a look at this fabulous wreath chosen by Siobhan Sheridan, made up of wintery greenery interwoven with seed heads and oranges - the warmth and festive feel shines through splendidly!
Alongside the usual additions of Christmas trees, wreaths and mistletoe, it appears that bringing the outdoors in has extended to other areas of our Christmas decor this year. At Richard Grafton Interiors, twists of fragrant, dried orange are added to a beautifully shaped glass bauble and hung on the tree to continue the natural theme. Warm, comforting pinks are also finding a place in our Christmas decor and natural swags over doorways and mantels are bringing the winter wonderland inside.
Light up your garden and lift up spirits
Did you know? Sales of Christmas lights are up an incredible 238% this year, as communities across the nation work together to spread the Christmas cheer. From contemporary displays of warm white splendour to a family favourite spectacular of rainbow delights - whatever your preference for outdoor Christmas light displays, we hope you’ve been enjoying the spectacle - make sure to get your own home involved!
Contemporary decor tips for your home
Just like these living room Christmas decor ideas, our creative design team will be adding even more home decor tips to our journal throughout 2021.
In the meantime, take the time to browse our handcrafted collection of furniture, from contemporary sofas to statement chairs - you never know, you may find the perfect piece to invest in for the new year. All of our pieces are handmade in the UK and can be made bespoke to suit your own wants and tastes. Just take a look at our fabrics collection for a little inspiration.
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