It’s about this time of the year that our minds turn to hosting our friends and family – only to realise, that all those little home improvements and jobs fell by the wayside whilst we enjoyed the summer sunshine. But there’s still time to take on some small to medium sized projects. We’ve got a few Christmas decorating ideas for creating maximum impact with minimal chaos.
Re-hauling Your Hallway
The hallway is literally the first step into a festive home, so make sure your entrance has some impact. Hallways can end up being unloved, transitional spaces, so to prevent this give them interesting features of their own. Arresting hallway decorating ideas can include a bold patterned runner on the stairs, or simply painting wooden treads an unexpected hue. Both will create an unexpected, witty focus to this neglected space. If you live in a single floor dwelling, a bench with storage can get rid of the out of season shoes and coats, and creates a nice opportunity for a pop of colour with a padded seat cushion. Once you’ve cleared the clutter, small decorative cupboard handles running along a wall at different heights make great hooks for guest coats and look pretty even when bare.
Add Some Instant Cosy
A big upgrade for a small amount of fuss, new window treatments have the effect of a much more complicated project. Try swapping in some heavy lined velvet drapes in a fashionable teal blue for the winter season, or for something that will work year-round, try wooden shutters. Our Faux Wood Shutters can be measured, delivered and installed in around two weeks. Ideal for period homes or adding in some traditional craftsmanship luxe to a modern design, Luxaflex ® interior shutters add sound insulation and keep in warmth for a super cosy Christmas. The hardened long-lasting satin ﬁnish stands up to moisture, heat, and ultraviolet rays without fading, denting, warping or chipping so they can cosy up bathrooms and kitchens too.
It’s the time of year you are most likely to entertain, so it’s worth adding in a bit of extra planning for your Christmas dinner guests. Paint colour is the quickest large decorating change, and it can have a big impact on guests. Red stimulates the appetite (not great if you’re dieting the rest of the year) and dark blues or grey can draw in the walls making it feel rich and serene. If you have a room that has other uses, such as a space for homework or hobbies, soft greens are relaxing and easy to live with. They can still feel decadent if you draw the eye to the table with candles or use lamps on side tables to make the mood feel more refined. Take a look here for more dining room ideas.
Like our Christmas decorating ideas and looking for more inspiration on how to add make your house homelier this festive season? Check out our cosy living room ideas.