Interiors advice - Decorating your home for Christmas

PUBLISHED: 18:51 24 November 2013 | UPDATED: 18:52 24 November 2013

Christmas decorations for the home

Christmas decorations for the home

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Clever colour combinations make for a stylish welcome this festive season, says Justine Kirkham, James Brindley Interiors

You don’t have to go over the top to achieve a Christmassy feel in your home - a well-dressed tree and a few well-placed decorations are sometimes all you need. But if you’re looking for a stylish approach to match the overall décor of your home, Christmas colour schemes are a good option.

Complement the colour and style of your interior with decorations and a tree that features similar tones. Keep to a simple colour palate and try not to mix styles. Consistency is key. A single colour tree laden with decorations in different tones immediately gives an elegant look to your living space.

Rich berry shades always create a warm welcome, especially against a matt charcoal, neutral or grey backdrop which can look chic and contemporary. You can never go wrong with red at this time of year; it adds vibrancy, passion and warmth to any scheme. Deep colour walls, such as blue or red, are a better backdrop for gold and silver adornments.

Add green and festive foliage to your chosen colour scheme to create contrast. Dress candelabra with fresh sprigs of holly and ivy. Natural looking foliage combined with luxurious glitter decorations look great on a focal point, such as the fireplace or table centre piece.

Finally, set the mood with low-level lighting such as table lamps (steer away from coloured flashing lights, they rarely look stylish) and light a scented candle. Pendant light fittings play a key role in creating intimate lighting for festive dining - a chandelier suspended above the table is the ultimate in festive sophistication.

Justine Kirkham is head of interior design at James Brindley, Harrogate

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