Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Chic Festive Decorating Ideas

It may be dark and grim outside but all the more reason to transform your home into a merry kingdom.

From aromatic winter candles to rich red throws and cushions, give your space a seasonal lift this winter with our festive decorating ideas.

Festive Candles and Potpourri

Nothing says Christmas like the intoxicating smell of fragrant herbs and spices. The combination of zesty orange, star anise and scented cinnamon is a festive favourite.

Make your own potpourri by oven cooking sliced oranges on a low heat for 3 hours. Once they’ve dried out place on a wooden tray along with a handful of whole cinnamon sticks, small pine cones and lots of star anise. Add a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie to the equation and your Christmas guests will be in their element.

For more delicious scents, arrange Christmas candles in the centre of the tray with the potpourri. We love the example above. Aesthetically, cream and red candles exude glamour. Scent wise, gingerbread will fill your house with that freshly baked aroma while frankincense and myrrh will remind you of the great outdoors.

A Fashionable Advent Calendar

Winter tends to make people feel uninspired and sluggish, put an end to this with a fashionable take on the traditional advent calendar. Fill each envelope with an inspirational gift, be it a famous quote, picture, memory , indulgent treat or pampering voucher. You could even get your partner to fill half the envelopes to add a surprise element. Either way, we’re sure you’ll agree this is one of the better winter decorating ideas out there.

Simple, inexpensive and chic, we wish we’d thought of it first.

Autumnal Touches

Winter home décor is all about bringing the great outdoors in. When it’s too cold to explore, the sight of logs, plants and earthy autumnal colours provide warmth and comfort. Achieve that rustic, Scandinavian vibe with cushions, throws and blankets in deep red, snowflake print and stonewash grey. Anything wooden is a bonus, even if it’s just a few logs arranged in plain view.

Don’t be too precise with the décor, keep the colour scheme simple so that you can mix and match accessories to your liking. Aim to achieve a stylish yet lived-in look so that not only you but your guests will feel totally at ease in your winter wonderland.

Do you have any fail-safe winter decorating tips? We’d love to know how you style your home during the colder months. Leave us a comment below or tweet us @Fiorelli_Bags.

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