Our interior design expert Shaynna Blaze gives you her top festive decorating tips.
I don’t know about you but I love this time of year. It is a reason to catch up with family, friends and workmates that you haven’t had time to sit down with during the year. There is always lots of food, lots of celebratory drinks and there may even be a few hangovers thrown into the mix. But I would be dismissing the real reason I love Christmas if I didn’t talk about the decorating!
This is the time we love to go to excess with bling, colour, glitz and tinsel that would otherwise be met with a raised eyebrow any other time of the year. I am always carrying on about “keeping it simple” and “rotating your accessories” but this is the time of year when you can GO FOR IT!!!
We have garages, sheds and attic spaces filled with boxes of decorations that come out once a year and this is when our real personalities come out to play. (If you don’t have those storage solutions sorted, I will touch on that in January).
I get asked all the time what the right way to decorate at Christmas is and my answer is that each household has their own way of doing things ...
Christmas with little ones is great so don’t try to be too formal or structured or the fun will be taken out of it. When my kids started kindergarten and brought home their dried noodle picture frames with a photo of them and Santa, I knew it was time to embrace the spirit and let go of my elegant silver themes.
Homemade paper chains around the tree and banister, paper lanterns made from doilies and a wreath made from gold gumnuts may not be your idea of class but it is made of smiles. Let the kids make as much as they want, with anything they want, and watch their excitement bubble and your heart expand.
Once the kids hit their early teens they don’t seem to care so much about what the house looks like but they still want it to feel “Christmassy”. After all, they want to feel grown up but still don’t want to miss out.
This is the time to delegate. If the kids want red, green and silver tinsel hanging everywhere and lots of multi-coloured decorations, they must help.
When the kids get older and Santa isn’t their first thought on Christmas morning, the spirit can get a little lost. To keep it alive make sure they still have an input by hanging things on the tree and putting up the light display. Involvement in the process keeps the memories of Christmas alive.
This can go two ways. Some people go over the top with novelty ornaments to compensate for the lack of childhood spirit. Others relish the chance to finally decorate their house how they have always imagined it. They go all out on the perfect silver tinsel, rows of delicate hurricane lamps with scented candles, a life-like birch wreath on the front door and the dulcet tones of Michael Buble on the stereo.
So, as you can see, there is no right way to decorate at Christmas as long as it is in line with your life stage. My only advice is to never lose the spirit of Christmas!