Catherine Bowen, Plascon Trends Editor
Well it’s that time of year when the shopping malls and elevators begin to fill with Christmas carol music, and window displays entice you to buy gifts for your loved ones. While we realise that not all of our readers will be celebrating Christmas, we did think it appropriate to dedicate a few posts to ideas for festive season décor that will ensure that you are on trend.
Truth be told, I myself am not religious, but I still love and revel in this time of year because of the way in which it brings family, friends and colleagues together in a celebratory mood and for the infectious festive spirit that seems to settle upon all of us.
Moreover, I love the way we are moving away from the traditional “European” and “American” colour palettes of Christmas (red, burgundy, burnished golds, etc), towards palettes that are lighter and more modern in feel – better suited to the climes of other continents that celebrate Christmas in summer (like Africa, Australia and South America). I enjoyed these colour palette suggestions which introduce blue as a colour accent, although you could choose any colour accent that you desire, as the white and metallics foundation colours are so versatile. Some of you may have noticed that purple decorations are also very popular this year and are on the shelves of most retailers…
Ideas for Christmas Table Decorations
I also love the introduction of fresh green foliage and glassware on a table… And silver tableware and glassware are one Christmas tradition that will seemingly never go out of fashion…
And I also love the miniature Christmas tree elements that are becoming increasingly popular both as decorative pieces in and around the home on mantlepieces and in hallways and entrances, but also just as effective when used as table ornaments. Consider clustering these in groups of three and don’t be afraid to mix them up a bit, i.e. some might be feather trees, some blown-glass trees and some might be woodchip trees like the one above. In fact, the woodchip trees are a great little home DIY project that can be copied, requiring just a polystyrene cone and some wood flakes that can be glued fairly easily to the polystyrene base and arranged in tiers.
Or why not try one of these exceptionally modern and fun nods to Christmas décor by creating a tree on a wall in your home and turning it into a focal point for the room? You can use fairy lights, tape, shelving, assorted cards and Christmasy nick nacks, in fact anything that grabs your fancy… Or one might try out something like this wooden Christmas tree wall hanging, on which you can hang assorted Christmas decorations and nick nacks (but that would probably look just as good all-year-round with a change of ornaments)…
Lastly, I loved this novel idea for a Christmas wreath that also makes for yet another excellent Christmas DIY project. Just saw-up an assortment of different sized cardboard canisters and spray-paint them in a shade of metallic paint, then arrange them in a shape that tickles your fancy. Glue the canisters together and then place in the Christmas baubles of your choice and voila, you have a very simple and effective decoration for your door or a wall!
My last bit of Christmas décor inspiration is to share with you this clip on how to decorate a table from the Home For Christmas website; I found it exceptionally useful and hopefully you will too. Here’s to the beginning of a peaceful and joyful festive season 2012!