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  • Christmas decoration ideas

    Christmas decoration ideas

    Not long before the big day in December and the idea of decorating for Christmas has been exciting since we took the tree down last year.

    While much of the world curls up with blankets by the fire, the beloved Aussie Christmas is unique in that we’re able to enjoy prawns before waiting out our food comas on a sunny beach.

    And while we love the traditions involved in our beach cricket games after a feast, at home, there’s no denying the special feeling involved in decorating with traditional elements. 

    RAMS Talk 1.Georgia de Lotz 2

    Pared-back Christmas decorations are the trend predicted to take over homes. Picture: Georgia de Lotz

    Mia Lake, interior design director at Vic Lake Architects, shares her latest and greatest Christmas decoration ideas to help inspire your interiors this silly season.

    1.     Spread cheer with wintry hues

    We naturally gravitate towards a warmer and more coastal palette in summer with sea blues and sunny yellows, but that doesn’t mean we’re not able to embrace a cooler set of colours.

    “We can take inspiration from nature and the cooler climate,” says Mia.

    “This means embracing warmer textures and a deeper colour palette of dark smoky blues, mulberry and forest green – all of which should be complemented against a crisp winter white.”

    RAMS Talk 2. Kaboompics.com

    Embrace wintry hue, despite the glaring sun outside. Picture: Kaboompics

    2.     Downplay your Christmas ornaments

    Christmas doesn’t have to mean loud colours and glittery stockings (although those are cool too), but the simple, minimal look can be just as effective when it comes time to decorate your place.  

    “Expect to see a pared-back and contemporary approach to festive decorating,” she says, adding that twinkling fairy lights and oversized paper stars are the way to go.

    “Nordic design aesthetics will play a big part in the decor trends this year,” she says, adding: “In December, we will see the same understated design approach trickle through, moving away from traditional decor and towards abstract decorations, florals and greenery.”

    RAMS Talk 3.Georgia de Lotz

    Keep things simple during Christmas. Picture: Georgia de Lotz

    3.     Layer up cosy textures

    We’re not suggesting you wear a blanket and drink a cup of hot chocolate but the layering of plush textures can still be implemented to create cosiness, even in the summer months. “Think faux fur blankets that you can lay over your sofa,” says Mia.

     RAMS Talk 4.Isabelle Taylor  

    Create cosy layers with soft furnishings. Picture: Isabelle Taylor

    4.     Use fresh florals in your centrepiece

    Hosting the annual Christmas lunch? Don’t let your centrepiece become an afterthought and take Mia’s advice if you want to create a stunning backdrop for your meal.

    “The key to creating a stunning table centrepiece is layering simplistic pieces together at different heights and shapes to create interest,” says Mia.

    “A natural element is a must, so opt for fresh magnolia leaves or tree clippings in clear glass vases, layered against the glow of pillar or tealight candles.”


    RAMS Talk 5.Todd Trapani

    Embrace plants and blooms and create height with candles. Picture: Todd Trapani

    5.     Get creative with your Christmas tree decor

    Take the concept of hanging Christmas decorations to the next level with a tree that’s far from the expected aesthetic.

    “Christmas in summer means you can embrace a tree of the not-so-traditional look. Get creative and hang a sculptural branch over your dining table or lean it against a wall,” Mia suggests.

    RAMS Talk 6.Pascal Claivaz

    Lean a branch against the wall for a modern take on the traditional tree. Picture: Pascal Claivaz

    6.     Consider all the senses

    The thought of Christmas in the home evokes memories in more ways than one.

    Think images of Christmas decorations like a beautifully decorated tree, a fruitful wreath, and Christmas crackers on the table. We also think of smells like cinnamon and pine, and the unmistakable sound of Michael Bublé’s greatest hits.

    “The key to successful Christmas decorating is creating an atmosphere in your home,” says Mia.

    RAMS Talk 7.Miroslava

    Christmas is about so much more than decorations. Picture: Miroslava

     

    Originally published on realestate.com.au as https://www.realestate.com.au/lifestyle/christmas-decoration-ideas/ 

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