Decorating ideas for a magical Christmas

Selecting the perfect Christmas tree, ornaments and décor for your home this festive season can be a special experience for the whole family. From rose gold accents to all-white décor, here are a few easy ways to update your home’s holiday style with this year’s hottest trends.


The charm of rustic chic

This Christmas, rustic styling takes centre stage with its raw wood touches and forest-inspired accessories. It’s all about creating an earthy, country look that draws on the natural beauty of your tree and taps into traditional Christmas colours.

Decorate your tree with wooden ornaments, hessian fabrics and pine cones, weaving through accents of gold and red. For the table, use greenery as your centre runner on top of a raw linen table cloth and opt for vintage-inspired glassware, crockery and cutlery. This trend lends itself to anything homespun – so feel free to add upcycled décor pieces such as Christmas stockings made from burlap and a wooden advent calendar to complete the farmhouse look.


Think modern simplicity

The Scandi look remains one of the biggest interiors trends and is again a strong influence on Christmas décor this year. The look is light and calming: it relies on a soft palette of white, mint green, silver and muted golds, and pared-down textures such as matte ceramics, clear glass and plywood.

Get the look by creating clean lines peppered with tactile elements – use no more than three colours as your palette and create a focal point on your mantelpiece or at your table. Forgo the tinsel and use soft lights or candles instead to create a cosy ambience.


Hot new colours? Pink to rose gold

If you’re looking for something different this Christmas, try introducing shimmery pinks, rose gold or copper as your accent colour. Add sparkle to your tree with rose-gold sequinned balls, cut-out metal star ornaments, metallic tinsel and fairy lights with copper trim.

At your Christmas table, use a rose gold or copper napkin ring to add polish to a neutral plate stack and napkin, and introduce other metallic or soft accents by opting for cutlery, centre pieces and a wine bucket in the same hues. If desired, include a goblet or wine flute with the same shade on the rim.


All-white wonder

You don’t need snow to have a white Christmas. For a look that evokes pure sophistication, opt for an artificial all-white tree and decorate it with white, silver and clear glass ornaments and accessories. Drape shimmery tinsel and thick ribbon around the tree to add to its fullness – and you may want to spray on a few soft layers of fake snow.

For maximum impact, it’s important to thread the colour theme throughout the house. Forgo multi-colour lights and use twinkling clear lights instead. Keep your dinner table all white using only small silver and glass accents: think clear flutes and goblets, white crockery and simple silver cutlery.


Go bold or go home

For something less traditional and more holiday-focused, use a festival-inspired colourful palette that’s full of personality and quirkiness. Red, fuchsia, lime green and yellow are key colours to play with – but don’t be shy to include pops of neon brights, clashing prints and colour-blocking for maximum impact.

From your table through to your outdoor space, include bursts of colour and elements of the unexpected; think out of the box when it comes to your tree-topper, wreaths and place settings. With this trend there are no rules and more is simply more.


Shades of blue

Given that Christmas falls in New Zealand’s summer and you may be on the coast over the festive period, you may want to go with a coastal-themed Christmas for your home or bach. Transform your lounge, dining room and outdoor area by ‘decking the halls’ in shades of blue with seaside-inspired decorations instead of the traditional baubles and snowflake embellishments; use delicate starfish, mermaid and fish ornaments and decorations instead. It’s a fun and fresh option if you’re by the sea and entertaining family and friends over the festive period.