David Brittain

Festive Bedrooms and Traditional Decorations

Here at jmm PR, we have been scouring the internet for our favourite articles of the week.

This week brings tips on decorating your bedroom for the festive season as well as some traditional Christmas decoration ideas.

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House Beautiful – Christmas bedroom decor: 9 easy ways to make your bedroom feel festive

When it comes to decorating our homes for the festive season, most of us will hang tinsel and baubles from a tree in our living room, decorate our fireplace with stockings or hang a wreath on our front door. How many of us can say that we extend our Christmas décor to our bedrooms? This article from House Beautiful provides some helpful tips and tricks on how to ensure your bedroom is ready for the upcoming festive season!

First and foremost, bedding and cushions are key to creating a seasonal space, while offering a relaxing atmosphere that we all hope to create in our bedroom. If over-the-top designs and loud prints aren’t really your cup of tea, House Beautiful suggests opting for something slightly more subtle, “flannel or tartan prints in classic tones such as red, green and beige add a touch of festivity to your bedroom, without being garish”. This also offers the added benefit of looking great all year round, rather than choosing overly festive patterns than can only be used once a year! We learnt a great tip that we’ll always remember when reading the article too. According to Lucy Ackroyd, Head of Design at Christy, you should always stick to between three and six cushions depending on the width of your bed.

When it comes to colour, the article suggests opting for a palette of forest greens, ruby reds and crisp whites. These festive colours are perfect for a Christmassy bedroom and will help to provide a cosy feel too. Another super easy way to enhance your space is to accessorise your bedroom with fairy lights. They can be lined across your headboard or at the end of your bed, providing a cosy and relaxing atmosphere that you can even keep all year round!

One thing that’s often overlooked when decorating for Christmas is scent. Whether you opt for candles, reed diffusers or potpourri, there are a range of scents like cinnamon, gingerbread and vanilla that are sure to evoke a Christmassy atmosphere. You can even try boiling some water with spices and fresh fruit which, when cooled down, can be poured into a bottle and used as a room spray! Our favourite piece of advice from the article is to decorate your bedroom with a Christmas tree. Even if space isn’t on your side, you can still choose a smaller tree to sit on your chest of drawers, bedside table or window ledge, and you could even opt for a wooden or twig tree for something slightly more unique!

This article has inspired us to get our bedrooms ready for Christmas this weekend! Will you be doing the same? Let us know in the comments below.

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Ideal Home – Traditional Christmas decorating ideas for a timeless festive scheme

So far this year, most of our blog posts on Christmas decorating have been about keeping up with the latest interior design trends. But what if you’re looking for a timeless style that you can reuse each year? This article by Ideal Home has some great traditional Christmas decoration ideas for that classic festive look.

The colour scheme for Christmas is traditionally red and green, but you can also modernise your room with some elegant mulberry and sage pieces too. Amethyst, gold and amber decorations will complement this colour scheme well. Alternatively, if your living room has a more neutral colour scheme, you can go for gold and cream. Give your sofa a glow-up with some embellished or sequined cushions and decorate your tree with all things sparkly, for a bit of festive glam. If glitter isn’t your thing, you can add some simple patterned cushions to your sofa instead, decorate your mantlepiece with a wooden village scene, hang white wooden snowflakes on the walls and stick with plain white baubles for the Christmas tree. Or you can go all out with the traditional décor; green foliage, stockings on the mantlepiece, a red and green colour scheme and Christmas presents wrapped in brown paper!

A lot of people still display their Christmas cards as part of their festive decorations, but if you are looking for a new way to put up your cards rather than sitting them on a mantlepiece or hanging them from a string, Ideal Home has a great idea. Simply mount a fabric-lined vintage-style frame and stretch some string or ribbon in a criss-cross pattern to hang your Christmas cards off or pin them inside the frame! Not only is this a unique and creative way to display your cards, but it will also make them much more eye-catching!

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Let’s not forget about the Christmas dining table, tall candles are very timeless and will bring some elegance to your table, have them running down the middle to make them a centrepiece. You can stick with the traditions and go for alternating red and green colours, but for a modern feel opt for a twisted candle design and using a variety of different candle holders to make them less uniformed.

If you’re going for a more rustic approach, scatter some foliage and potted greens around the room and over the table, partnered with tea lights, this is great for a more country cottage environment. Of course, there’s also the white Christmas style, which encompasses a white and silver colour scheme donned with sparkles. How about topping a white linen dining cloth with a snowflake-embossed runner and go for silver-trimmed tableware and frosted glassware. Finish off with a magical Christmas touch by decorating the table with tea lights and hanging up some white star bunting.

What’s your favourite traditional Christmas look from this article? Let us know in the comments!


Jess and Steph at jmm PR

3rd December 2021

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