From the cheerful to the contemplative, thoughtful lighting instantly invokes the festive spirit.
Here are some simple pointers:
- Liven up dark corners with Q Home Décor's stylish Designo chandeliers, metallic silver Hollywood floor lamps and dark-pink Vestavia table lamps, which give the room a mood makeover at the flip of a switch.
- Small changes in light bulbs make a big difference - save the bright ones for shaving in the bathroom, and try soft yellow or warm white lights in the bedroom for a cosy atmosphere.
- Use seasonal candles to create customized centrepieces: arrange pillar candles of different heights together for a traditional tabletop look, or place single tall floor candles sparsely around the house for a more minimalist display.
- Strings of twinkly lights draped around the house are the easiest way to bring holiday cheer. Colour-coordinate them to match your Christmas tree ornaments, and loosely wrap rainbow-coloured ones around banisters and patio railings for a burst of festivity. Power-saving LEDs are a smart choice - they create dazzling displays that don't drain energy or generate much heat, making them much less of a fire hazard.
Make your holiday a safe one for the whole family: place candles clear of obstructions and out of the reach of children; be sure to turn them off before you leave the house. Check holiday lights for frayed wires and gaps in the insulation, and don't overload electrical sockets. Loose cords can be tripped over - use masking tape to secure them without damaging the paint on your walls.
A spot of glimmer
Strategically-placed decorative mirrors make the most of natural sunlight, adding a festive sparkle in the daytime. Lace curtains help make small spaces look bigger, keeping out glare while letting in light. And we love how our elegant silver and copper statues and metallic candle-holders lend holiday shimmer with a touch of old-world class.
What are you doing this holiday season to bring a bit of shine into your home?
December heralds festive cheer - and here at Home Centre, we love finding easy ways of expressing it. If you enjoy having a Christmas tree, choose one that's in keeping with the style of your home. Pick from real or synthetic, upside-down or miniature, traditional green, red and gold, or an über-cool all-black.
A tree decorated entirely in glass - or even metal - may well suit a minimalist interior; we also recommend blue and silver as a contemporary colour scheme. For an old-fashioned family Christmas, look to red, burgundy, purple, chartreuse and gold. Hand-made ornaments - especially when the kids get involved - add an extra-special touch.
Colourful Christmas-themed disposable napkins brighten up the dining table for children. For more formal holiday meals, jingle all the way with a coordinated theme or colour scheme. Add festive touches to place settings with a small Christmas party favour or elegant napkin rings from Home Centre.
A vase of flowers in festive colours, potted poinsettias or a miniature conifer make joyful and easy table centrepieces. For a more elaborate display, lay a wreath flat and intersperse it with our pillar candles or tealights.
If your chandelier can hold the weight, use satin ribbon to hang pretty baubles or delicate snowflake cut-outs at different heights. This adds festive flair, and eliminates the need for a centrepiece.
Transform your house into a holiday home with these simple ideas:
- Give ordinary candles a holiday makeover with red ribbon and a dash of glitter.
- Attach silk flowers, like poinsettias, to existing flower arrangements or house plants. Decorate big indoor plants with a shower of lights or colourful (and energy-saving) LED lighting.
- Dress up your patio table with a themed table cloth or table runner.
- Swap everyday throw pillows on your sofa or bed with seasonally-themed cushions; our Christmas bedspread and curtains will keep visions of sugarplums dancing in your head.
- As a Yuletide treat, decorate windows with garlands dressed up with shiny baubles or Christmas trinkets. Kids will love making cut-outs of snowflakes or stars to add to the windows.
What are you doing this season to decorate your home? Share your ideas with us here!