Christmas

Decorating your Christmas tree

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Many of us already have an idea of what they want their Christmas tree to look like. It could be that all decorations are under one colour scheme, or you’re using the baubles that you’ve been collecting over the years, creating a personal and homely effect. However, for those who are wanting to change things up this year, here are a few ideas that we think you’ll love.

  1. White and frosty

This is the theme of our tree this year. A basic white colour creates more of a statement look in your home. It can appear as more glam and contemporary, and you don’t necessarily need a white tree or one with frosted tips to pull it off.

To start, focus on the lights. The advantage of using crisp colours like this is that it’s pretty easy to match. Cool lights are a go-to, but, for a pop of colour, we recommend using warm lights, such as gold or even blue ones, which is also a popular option. It takes away from the harshness of the white design and will help draw attention to the tree. Gold lighting will also emphasise the greenery. Blue, on the other hand, will add to that cold, frosty feeling that, combined with rich and cosy textures throughout the rest of your home, can create maximum comfort.

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Image by Calico Interiors

Now, for the baubles. Silvers, whites, and pale greys are ideal for this style of tree. We recommend adding a mix of textures when you can, such as wooden and glass decorations. We have lovely clear baubles for sale in our showroom if you’re interested. Blues and purples can also be thrown in for a dash of colour. Choosing baubles that have coloured accents is another way of incorporating a range of colours and textures, like our feathered baubles that are hanging up on our tree. Not one for traditional shapes? We have silver glittery apple baubles from Parlane if you’re looking for something different.

If you want something out of the box, try poking in some fake flowers, as we’ve done with our tree. They add some contrasting textures to the tree itself and helps bring the outside in.

2. Warm and gold

Gold screams warmth and festivity and is a timeless colour for a Christmas tree. It can give your home a somewhat regal look that will glow in your room, and provides the perfect opportunity to add some glitter! Gold fairy lights are ideal for this look, without it becoming too overpowering. Just keep the greenery emphasised if you’re still unsure.

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Image by Calico Interiors

Regarding decorations, you can stick to gold tones, or even throw a few red ones in there. Ginger colour (or even homemade gingerbread!) also works, as do wooden decorations. We have a collection of bronze-speckled baubles for sale as well. This colour palette gives you the opportunity to incorporate stars, pine cones, and red berries, especially if you want more of a traditional look. We have quite a collection of stars in our showroom, and not just for the tree. Got some gold ribbon? Add some bright bows to finish the look.

Our see-through baubles work just as well for this style, and we also have glittery hearts if you want to go for a more playful, laid-back look.

3. Nice and simple

If you’ve fallen in love with this year’s minimalist trend, you can easily create this look for your tree. This involves embracing your tree and letting it do the talking, adding only a small amount of the simplest decorations for an understated yet classic look. Stick with traditional pine forest trees or ones that are denser; frosted-tip trees don’t suit this theme as much.

Start with twinkly gold or white lights that aren’t too flashy or in your face, and entwine them gently amongst the branches. Some people stop there and leave it be, but if you feel that this is too simple, then keep reading.

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Image by Calico Interiors

Neutral ornaments, such as pale greys, light bronze, clear and silvers work well here. You can even add a few glittery ones that would look beautiful when the lights reflect on them. We have many neutral-coloured accessories that could work here, such as our small white birds, which would stand out against the green pine tree. Or, an alternative would be to skip the baubles and scatter a few bows across the tree, for a look that is both regal and minimalist. The advantage of having a simple tree is that you can use whatever colour ribbon you’d like. We think that red bows would make a stunning contrast with the greenery.

We’d love to see how you’ve decorated your Christmas trees this year. Tag us in your photos on social media and we may even give you a mention! If you’d like to see more of our Christmas stock, click here or come pay us a visit.

Our favourite Christmas interior trends 2018

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Image by Calico Interiors

It’s December, which can only mean one thing: the countdown to Christmas has begun! We’re extremely excited here at Calico. Our Christmas stock is here, we’ve planned our Christmas party and our Secret Santa. And so, now that we’re all in the festive spirit (even you Scrooges out there – it’s December now, you have no choice!), we’ve rounded up our favourite Christmas trends of this year, hoping to give you some inspiration when decorating your home.

1.       Natural incorporation

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Carrying on from the popular autumn trend, nature is a stunning trend this Christmas. From wreaths and pine branches to berries and holly, adding greenery to your home is easy. There is such a range to choose from, and the green hues helps to create a warm atmosphere. It’s an ideal trend for those whose tree doesn’t provide enough foliage, and those who love a rustic look. You can also top with fake snow to add a magic touch. We love these wreaths from Parlane, they come with a bit of sparkle for some added glamour. Available from our showroom.

2.       Animals

Continuing from above, animals are another way to bring the outside in. While traditional seasonal characters remain popular, such as deer and stags, more quirky animals are making their way into the spotlight. Penguins, dogs and unicorns feature a lot in homes now, especially on bedding. It’s a fun way to bring Christmas in for the kids, as they will surely love spotting their favourite animals in their homes.

3.       Classic colour schemes

A classic Christmas scheme never goes out of style. Red and gold appears to be the most popular choice, as it is elegant and can work for any room in the house. Red tablecloths with gold tableware work wonders when sitting down for your Christmas dinner, or even red and gold bedding (Christmas bedding is becoming increasingly popular nowadays) complete with statement pillows. This can also cooperate with the green elements, like the red berries of holly plants. Finish the look with some red ribbon wrapped around your Christmas presents and you have yourself a beautiful Christmas interior.

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Image by Calico Interiors via Instagram

Another classic colour palette is white and silver. These crisp colours create a fresh Christmas aesthetic that is whimsical and enchanting. This scheme usually includes elements of glitter, which can create that magical atmosphere. You can even add dashes of deep blue, via your baubles, cushions and fairy lights. Candles are great with this look too, as the orange lighting that emanates from them contrasts the cool atmosphere. We have some exquisite silver pieces amongst our Christmas stock, including stars and candles.

4.       Ambient lighting

We are living in an era of fairy lights. They are everywhere nowadays, you can’t scroll through Pinterest or Instagram without seeing at least one set. It all stems from the idea of comfort, low lighting creates a more relaxed atmosphere. They can be wrapped around tinsel, strung up on your tree or placed in mason jars for a bit of DIY. But fairy lights are not the only option. Candles can be just as good, with the added benefit of a little bit of warmth. Warm lighting is now more popular than cold, white lights, again, because of comfort, especially during these colder months. Many Christmas decorations feature small amber lights installed, so you can scatter them about your home, using as many as you like. In our showroom, we have Christmas tree-shaped lights that are battery powered and are small enough to fit in anywhere.

5.       Stars, stars and more stars

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Image by Calico Interiors

Stars are one of the main shapes that are associated with Christmas. They’re everywhere at this time of year – on top of the trees, snowflakes, in the night sky that is now appearing a lot earlier. They are a simple way of incorporating those gold or white lights or can act as statement pieces on your mantelpiece. What can make starry decorations extra special is the added glitter and the materials often used means that when the light shines on them, they reflect it beautifully, really making them shine. There are plenty of stars dotted about our showroom, such as the glittery ones from Parlane.

Christmas interiors are the best kind of interiors in our opinion. Putting them up while singing along to the Christmas songs is one of the best ways to get you in the mood, and it’s incredible seeing how much effort goes into creating a festive home. If you love how Christmas-y your home looks, tag us in your photos so we can see!

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