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Lighting Trends and Festive Décor

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

This week brings lighting trends for 2022 as well as stylish, yet low-cost Christmas decorating tips.

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Livingetc – Lighting trends for 2022 explained

Lighting can completely change the ambience in a room, which is why it’s such an important aspect to consider when designing an interior space. Livingetc has put together some of the lighting trends that will be emerging in 2022 based on what’s been presented at this year’s interior design shows. So, not only can you find the right lighting for your room, but you can also keep it up to date with the latest trends too.

Marble and metallic finishes are not only big in kitchen trends right now, but in lighting too, specifically in floor lamps. A slimline floor lamp with a marble and metallic finish will make your space look sleek and smart. Art Deco is also now bigger than ever, though with a stronger focus on minimalistic designs that are reminiscent of the 1930s. Think of scalloped edges, marble, and warm, brassy tones. Pendant lights are particularly popular with this trend.

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During lockdown, many people were taking up new hobbies such as arts and crafts to occupy themselves while on furlough. On top of this, more people are also looking to live sustainably, and handmade crafts are a much more sustainable and long-lasting alternative to factory-produced products. As a result, artisan and handmade products have become increasingly popular in interior design and we are seeing new and inventive ideas on the market, such as products sourced from sustainable materials. A great example of this is the Soren Globes by Pinch, which are made from banana fibre stretched over a bronze frame.

In a U-turn against the simpler trends suggested so far, as working from home becomes increasingly popular, more people are looking to bring some character and fun to their workspace. Because of this, funky sci-fi-style desk lamps have become increasingly sought-after. These lamps typically have a glossy finish, a shapely base, and on-trend colours to bring that eccentric touch to your desk.

Most would associate a chandelier with a slender metallic frame, adorned with glittering jewels to make a space look classy and expensive. Chandeliers are back on-trend, but with a twist. The traditional look is being swapped out for a more artistic, sculptured aesthetic. Livingetc also recommends that these modern chandeliers should be the focal point of the room, but not the main light source, so supporting it with some practical lighting is a must.

What’s your favourite 2022 lighting trend? Let us know in the comments!

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Ideal Home – 41 Budget Christmas decorating ideas: for a stylishly low-cost Christmas

We’ve been seeing lots of Christmas decorations on our Instagram feed already this year, and it’s left us feeling inspired to get our own homes ready for the festive season too. Christmas décor can often end up costing an arm and a leg, not to mention buying presents for loved ones and keeping our fridge and cupboards stocked with festive treats! We found a great article this week from Ideal Home, which offers up some helpful advice on how to decorate our homes for the festive season, while keeping our budgets in check. If you’re on the lookout for tips and tricks on how to celebrate Christmas in style without spending a fortune, this is the article for you!

Low-cost festive décor certainly doesn’t have to be dull or uninteresting. In the article, Ideal Home suggests making your own bauble chandelier to hang in your hallway or the centre of your dining table, like in the example pictured below. This is a great weekend DIY project and it’s easier than you may think too, all you need is a spray-painted hula-hoop as a base, then you can tie a selection of baubles with string or ribbon, staggered at different heights.

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Instead of purchasing Christmas card holders, why not try storing your cards using leftover ribbon instead? Just choose a colour to match your space, secure the cards in place with mini pegs and attach them to the wall using blue tac! If you’re looking to add a more personalised touch to the festivities this year, why not try making your own advent calendars or crackers? This is a great alternative to purchasing shop-bought versions that can often be extremely pricey, and you can select gifts that you know your family and friends will love too. Another low-cost idea is to collect some pinecones on your next winter walk to use as decor for your home. These will look super stylish on a mantelpiece or console table, accessorised with candles and a selection of baubles to match your colour scheme.

Our favourite idea in the article is to get creative and bake your own table décor. Homemade sweet treats also make great gifts for family and friends too! All you need to do is bake some yummy, festive-shaped gingerbread or shortcake biscuits, and you can even pipe your guests’ names onto each one with icing to use as place settings too.

Have you got any budget decorating ideas for the festive season? Let us know in the comments!


Jess and Steph at jmm PR

19th November 2021


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