The shops are full of beautiful baubles and divine decorations. Here are four key looks from the high street that will turn your home into a festive showstopper.
Always a winner, the icy sparkles of a winter’s scene never fail to enthrall. Choose a white faux Christmas tree (Tesco has a three foot tree for just £4) or a natural-look tree glittering with ‘frost’. Cox & Cox has some gorgeous indoor/outdoor lit silver birch trees from £75.
Wind The White Company’s bestselling six-foot fir and snowberry garland, £70, down your banister or drape across over the mantelpiece. Continue the theme with lots of twinkling tea lights in mercurised glass holders and white candles in steel-framed lanterns. Check out Wilko’s £1.50 polar bears, and Marks & Spencer’s Nordic Smoke range of whitewashed wood and frosted green glass baubles, £5.
Continue the theme at the table with Laura Ashley’s snowflake placements, £20 for two, and antler candleholder, £18.
Keep this look cosy with sheepskin or reindeer skin rugs underfoot – very Snow Queen!
Red and white decorations that are traditionally Scandinavian have been reinterpreted this year by Sainsbury’s. Seasonal buyer Anna Sheppard says: ‘Inspired by the bold and energetic American approach to Christmas, bright reds and whites combine with hand-written slogans, Argyll knits and heart-shaped patterns to create a modern and vibrant look.’ Their knitted jumper decoration, £4, is sweet.
Next has a great choice of Christmas looks, including stag cushions, £12, in red and grey mixed with off white, knitted baubles, £3, domed animal decorations, £3.40, and the Arden range of matching crockery, cutlery and crackers emblazoned with snowflakes and heart emblems. Marks & Spencer’s charming Folk range includes embroidered samplers £12.50 and hand-painted baubles, £5, sitting alongside Russian doll decorations, £6, and traditional tartan prints.
This look is complemented by warm, red knitted throws and blankets in jolly checks and tartans. Display candles surrounded by cranberries in tea light holders or metal pastry cases for an extra festive touch.
Woodland themes are always magical, and they’re economical to create with foliage from your own garden, such as ivy, mistletoe and holly. Spray seed heads and interesting grasses gold or silver and put in a vase in the corner to catch the light. Create a homemade garland for the mantelpiece of pinecones strung together with string. Instead of a tree, use tall, twisted hazel branches in a tall bin or vase and hang with wooden baubles and decorations.
Woodland creature baubles abound in the shops this year – think owls, squirrels and foxes, in tones through from natural browns to winter whites. Look out for enchanting bristle animals (hedgehogs, foxes and reindeer) and glass animal decoration. Wilko has a fantastic value collection such as their golden glass owl bauble, £2, tartan heart, £1, and wooden tree, £8.
Mix with natural-looking knitted accessories and chunky wool rugs in creams, burnt orange and caramel.
Try making this foraged fairy tree decoration.
Sophistication is guaranteed if you buy into this key look. ‘Taking a nod from the world of fashion, this glamorous and decadent trend mixes gold and shimmering metallics with black,’ says Sainsbury’s Anna Sheppard - their sparkling gold decorations start at £1.50.
Next has a huge selection of copper baubles, silver filigree metalwork candles, £12, and gold tealight holders, £5, which look great mixed with mirrored furniture.
Marks & Spencer’s Deco Grand continues this opulent theme, inspired by the 1920s. Decorations in navy, teal and gold create a statement look – for instant glamour, add the cute ice skate decoration, £3, to your tree, or the gold leaf wreath, £39.50 to your door.
Take this theme to the dinner table with Next’s glistening champagne saucers, £24 for four, and copper cutlery, £32 for a 16-piece set, and crackers in muted gold and silver, £12 for 12.