Saturday, 10 December 2016

A Guide to Christmas Decorations - Part 2 - Crystal Clear




Naturally, when we think of Christmas we think of over-stated, over the top, over-crowed decorations. Everything is loud, nothing really matches and your lovely home decor is completely overshadowed by the Christmas chaos


It's a beautiful time of the year, and there's no reason why the decorations cannot match the rest of your decor. But it's far easier said than done, but with so many Christmas decorations with all sorts of colours, it's hard to create an under-stated look.


Well, that's where whites and lights come in. 



We know what you're thinking. 'That's not Christmas, it's too boring!', well, we are here to tell you to re-think your decorating habits. White is still really Christmassy (think of the white Christmas that never actually happens here in the UK), and is the perfect primary colour. 

White: 


White ornaments, baubles, flowers, candles and lights are the ultimate way to achieve the simplicity that will match your interior


Crystal & Silver: 

 

Christmas is all about glitter; you can never have too much of it. We know you won't be able to resist some sparkle, it is Christmas after all! Silver is about to become your favourite colour. Add plenty of silvers to your decorations and you will have a bit of magic that will blend perfectly. Or, if glitter really isn't your thing (we know there are some of you out there!) then you can opt for a subtle decorate approach through the use of crystal. It's plain, yet decorative and will compliment a white theme beautifully. 

Chrome and gold:

Now, you will be pleased to know that 'all-white' doesn't really mean that everything has to be white. The trick is to add colours that compliment a plain theme; chrome and gold do this perfectly. It's a great way to add the traditions you love, without drowning out the plain theme. 















Lights: 

The best way to brighten up your decorations, without adding too much. is to use lights with a warm colour. White lights with white decor may be too harsh, but warm lights will soften the decor and make a far more homely look


So there you have it, a truly white Christmas (we can't rely on the snow now can we!?) 


All decorations can be found at Nocutts

Saturday, 3 December 2016

A Guide to Christmas Decorations - Part 1 - Vintage Elegance


Christmas is all about tradition. Naturally, we are guilty of pulling out the same old decorations box each year, just to make it feel like a 'real' Christmas. But it would come as no surprise if the mismatch tree sticks out like a sore thumb in your the midst of your elegant interior.

There's no reason why your decorations can't still feel Christmassy, as well as complimenting the style of your home. Often, we associate decorating for Christmas with the brightest colours we can find (none of which compliment each other!). But you can still have a traditional, Christmassy decoration using pastels, neutrals and shine that is slightly more subtle than the loud tinsel you are used to using.



Not convinced? Still feel yourself itching to get down the Christmas box that is buried in the depths of your loft? 

Here's some inspiration to persuade you to decorate your home with 'vintage elegance' this year.

Silvers: 

The absolute key to Vintage Elegance is to make silver your primary colour. Starting with a simple, plain base adds elegance, which can be layered upon to add vintage character. 

Make sure large decorations are silver, your lights have a white cord with a warm coloured bulb and you will have the perfect start to your theme. 



Purple: 

Deep purples are the perfect compliment to your silver base. Mix a range of purple, violet and dark pink's and an elegance is naturally created. 

Natural, pastel colours create a serene atmosphere within your decor and create fabulous sophistication as a result. 

White: 


Too much silver and purple can take away from the softer feel and create a look that is too 'busy'. Add in whites and you can have the best of both worlds; colour and simplicity. 

Whether you opt for white lights or white decorations, a little bit of plain acts at the perfect balance to your elegant look





Flowers:

Use of floral design elements is the most important decoration when it comes to vintage elegance. Pretty, decorative and subtle they offer the desired look with little effort. 

Simply creating flower arrangements, using pastels and purples, or placing them in your tree you can achieve an expensive look at a low cost

Mix complimenting colours, creating a contrast of soft and dark, add silver for sparkle and you have a beautiful, simple arrangement




So there you have it, a few little shopping changes and you can turn your old-fashioned, dated Christmas into one that is modern, yet beautifully elegant.

All decorations can be found at Nocutts