Kay Ward: Christmas style
PUBLISHED: 12:03 10 January 2011 | UPDATED: 21:41 20 February 2013
What's your Christams style? asks interiors specialist Kay Ward
Some homes are completely decked from floor to ceiling with shiny red tinsel, a colourful dancing Santa happily glowing in the window and every nook and cranny filled with glittering baubles and fake snow.
Others prefer a style more subtle in approach; an evergreen wreath intertwined with winter berries and pine cones hanging on the front door to welcome visitors. A simple lone Christmas tree stands in the corner of the room, dressed with carefully selected and perfectly placed decorations.
In yet other homes family tradition plays a huge part in the preparations for Christmas. Fragile antique glass balls and paper garland decorations passed down from generation to generation, evoking memories of Christmases past, and enabling stories of their previous owners to be enjoyed by new and younger members of the family.
The latest seasonal interior trends form a major part of the Christmas decor in some homes, each year paving the way for a new Christmas theme. What a fabulous excuse to dress the tree in feathers and gold, or crystal ice white and vivid peacock blue depending on the years particular fashion. For Christmas 2010 we are seeing rich opulent purples and reds with birds being featured heavily. The country theme is also huge with berry hearts and twig decorations and fabric bunting replacing the traditional garland.
I know many delight in opening up the Christmas Decoration Box each year, struggling down from the attic, high with the anticipation of Christmas, dusting off the box and excitedly welcoming its contents like old friends. That special decoration bought for babys first Christmas, the piles of cards, angels and snowmen, which over the years have been made at school, and lovingly given whilst still wet with paint, glue and glitter. And the floppy brown reindeer (still in its packet) which you just had to buy, but which has never quite made it to take its place on your mantelpiece!
Christmas Style is very personal, celebrate and enjoy yours... so deck your halls and dress your trees, then enjoy a glass of mulled wine, safe in the knowledge that no other homes style will be as unique or as precious as yours.