Christmas is fast approaching, leaving many scrambling to pull everything together in time for the big day. Between organizing gifts, guests and a gourmet feast, interior Christmas styling can often be left until the very last minute. Let Melbourne Living help you out this year with our tips to making your home a welcoming Christmas abode, personalised to suit the tastes of your family and loved ones.
One of the advantages of celebrating Christmas in summer is that it means we can incorporate beautiful, crisp colours into our styling, and not just those of the red and green variety. This season, retro colours are making a come back, the brighter and bolder the better! While it’s in our nature to colour co-ordinate, mixing a myriad of colours this season isn’t just acceptable, it’s celebrated. Adorn your table with a variety of fresh blooms in glass vases and mix it up with colorful glasses and place settings. Add some Christmas flare to the home with dainty ornaments in colours that compliment your existing summer styling. Summer fruits also make for great table decorations, and can double as a sweet dessert option when there’s no room left for pudding.
To add an element of magic to your Christmas day, incorporate sparkling silver into your styling. Silver goes well with most colours and is available in a range of items, making finding the perfect pieces for your home an easy task. Against crisp white linen, silver triumphs as a slick, classy styling option that’s timeless and effectively evokes sentiments of a white Christmas, right here in Melbourne. Use silverware in the form of plates, vases and candle holders along your dining table and around the home to create a regal effect. Silver baubles, while conventionally placed on the Christmas tree, look beautiful placed in clusters in bowls as well as arranged as Christmas reeves.
Rustic CharmThe rustic theme is quickly growing in popularity and given the nature of the style is an inexpensive and effective way to remain on trend this season. The word rustic itself refers to wood, bark and burlap and inspires sentiments of cosines and warmth. Put an Aussie twist on the theme by taking advantage of the magnificent native flora available at our doorsteps and bring the outdoors in this Christmas. You can spray paint dry bark and leaves and use the items as ornaments on your dining table, or place branches in vases accompanied by greenery to instill an organic atmosphere. Inexpensive hessian material can be purchased from your local fabric stores and used as table runners, place mats, and wrap-arounds for various decorations. Candles in neutral hues will create a warm and welcoming ambiance within your home, despite your air-con being in overdrive!
Words: Jacinta Newbold