Looking to create a beautifully styled home this Christmas?
Interior designer Gerry Burke, who styles some of our most exquisite luxury show homes, has offered these useful hints and tips to give your home some Christmas sparkle this festive season:
• Start with what you have at home, taking the theme and décor cues from your existing colour palette. Repeat these colours, perhaps accented with your choice of festive metallics or rich autumnal shades, throughout your home to create a sense of unity, from your Christmas tree to your table setting. Don’t limit yourself green and red, rather think of what colours suit your home and make you feel comfortable, perhaps buying ribbons or baubles in those shades to draw the theme out. Then enhance this with warm fairy lights, frosted foliage and a few statement pieces such as silver stag ornaments or oversized candelabras.
• A simple recipe for creating a frosted or snowy effect on foliage and fruit is to dip it in egg whites and then castor sugar. Once dried, these items can be arranged in clusters around vases, cake stands and tableware.
• Group collections of similar objects together, such as dried pine cones, candles or vases in small clusters of varying heights and textures, before dotting them around the home on mantle pieces, side tables and corner shelves. This gives an instantly luxurious and layered look, while drawing the eye out to take in the overall theme’s effect. Add fairy lights or tea light candles to give extra warmth.
• When it comes to Christmas lighting, a secret of all the interior magazines is that they double or triple-up on warm fairy lights for the trees. This creates a luxurious and welcoming atmosphere and is a relatively cost-effective way to give your Christmas decor the wow factor. Add decorations all in the same theme or colour, but don’t feel these have to be baubles or stars. Glass ornaments on a string, or large bows tied to the end of your Christmas tree branches, work just as well. Avoid tinsel if you wish to reflect current trends.
• You don’t need to blow your budget on expensive Christmas decorations either. Instead, get creative by draping door wreaths and staircases in hessian and ivy, which you can find easily at most home and garden centres, or incorporating polished fruit or pheasant feathers into the mix (ask your local butcher if they have any to spare).
As you continue to layer and work with your ideas, you’ll start to create your own sense of style. Soon, your home will be full of festive sparkle!