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Expert's Corner: Seasonal Winter Styling

Alexander James Interior Design spills the beans on the most stylish Christmas homes
   Amanda Peters  |  written on: 12-12-2021 09:00am

Creating the perfect setting within the home is a wonderful way to bring alive the Christmas magic and get into the festive mood. With UK households spending a staggering £2.3 billion a year on Christmas goodies and festivities (according to Go Compare), Alexander James Interior Design (AJI) shares their top tips for making this Christmas the most stylish one yet.

“This Christmas, many are going against tradition for a tropical, contemporary look,” points out Stacey Sibley, creative director of AJI. “Tropical touches are no longer confined to the summer months now, they are given a sophisticated twist for the winter season. The 2017 Christmas style definitely has a playful edge – it’s about capturing the joy of Christmas and having fun in new ways, while also delivering an elegant overall look.”

Mixing vibrant colours with traditional Christmas tones
Stylish tropical touches this Christmas include beautifully woven peacock feather and palm leaf wreaths and stunning centre pieces featuring metallic pineapples and cream and white tropical flowers. Harrods is featuring quirky, parrot-inspired Christmas tree decorations, Selfridges is all about the pineapples, while Liberty has opted for a fan-tailed peacock offering.

Show me the bling
Metallics will also be big news this Christmas, with new twists added to the traditional bright silver and gold hues. Stylish, contemporary touches include warm, soft, reflective metallics in copper, brass and rose gold, to provide a sophisticated glow and add an element of understated luxury.

Copper has been popular in interiors over the summer, thanks to its versatility. It can be teamed with organic materials such as wood to create a variety of feels, from Scandinavian luxury to mid-century cool. Now, that versatility is being carried through to the festive season, with metallic baubles providing the perfect contrast to the earthy, organic tones of Christmas trees.

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Let there be light
As ever, the perfect lighting is also key to creating a magical Christmas ambience. Far from being limited to the Christmas tree, this year lighting will feature throughout the home, from garlands to tumbling showers of LED lights to table centre pieces. If it’s not sparkling delicately, it should be! Anything from a pile of gifts to a simple tree branch can be brought to life with the right lighting. Understated twinkles spread throughout the home can create a truly stunning overall impact.

Candles, naturally, should form part of the Christmas décor, with stunning glass and metallic lanterns adding to the overall sophistication of this year’s style.

Christmas accessories
“The finishing festive décor touch this Christmas is the wreath,” predicts Robert Walker, managing director of AJI. “No longer restricted to the front door, we’ll be seeing wreaths adorn the home in a variety of ways. Contemporary elegance can come in the form of real branches interwoven with LED lights, or more modern wreaths made of twisted wire with tiny twinkles throughout. Once more, we’re seeing metallic come into play, bringing modern elegance to this Christmas tradition.”

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The scent of Christmas
With the home interior looking perfectly stylish, all that remains to be done is to give it the ideal festive scent. The White Company’s Winter Botanical Large Pillar Candle offers a generous infusion of cinnamon sticks, orange slices and red berries, while Jo Malone has opted for fragranced Christmas tree decorations in both Pomegranate Noir and Pine and Eucalyptus. The White Company’s sweet almond blossom, frankincense, neroli and honeysuckle diffuser also captures the spirit of the season perfectly.

Decorating for Christmas is one of the most exciting parts of preparing for the festive season. With these styling tips in mind, every home can create a stunning, elegant Christmas ambience that brings the magic of the season alive.

Credit: Quotes provided by Charlotte Ashton, AB Property Marketing Ltd, Alexander James Interior Design (Images)

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   Amanda Peters
KBB Ark Web Editor. I've been writing for design magazines for a few years now and like nothing more than ‘exploring’ other people's homes (with their permission, of course).

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