With Christmas right around the corner, now is the perfect time to start planning your decorations and making your home festive and welcoming for your family and guests.
Apart from the tree, which some may say is the most important part of decorating at Christmas, be sure to consider a garland. A Christmas garland can be used throughout the home; over a door, in a hallway or over a fireplace! This is because a garland of fresh and faux greenery, lights, and your favourite decorations will be a welcoming sight for your guests. Plus it gives you an opportunity to express your own personality and creativity!
Christmas is a time for family & friends, making memories and overindulging and this is also true when styling up your home, creating gorgeous centrepieces and statement spaces. So to help with this Lucy, co-founder of Rockett St George has given us her top Christmas fireplace styling tips. In addition to this, our friends at Bloom & Wild have put together their top advice for creating a gorgeous garland for your home.
Lucy St George's Garland Styling Tips
Firstly, garlands can become very front heavy. Because of this if you are placing yours on your mantle, make sure you secure it to the wall. You can do this with a nail and some string or florist wire and drawing pins.
However, if you don’t want to make a hole in the wall or mantle then there are some really clever command strip hooks that you can buy which simply stick on the wall and can take quite a bit of weight.
MAKE EVERYTHING SPARKLE
"Add light chains for sparkle and to create mood lighting.
Not forgetting, candles at varying heights within your display, mixed with tea lights in a variety of vessels for ultimate impact.
So, together with your light chain, this will make your display really stand out."
HEIGHTS ADD WOW-FACTOR
"Your aim should be to create wow factor and you can do this by juxtaposing objects.
So, be sure to play around with scale. If everything is perfectly proportioned or too symmetrical then your display will become very formal.
And, god forbid someone should move something - it will become very noticeable that its now out of alignment. So, follow nature and aim to be a little freer."
ODD NUMBERS LOOK BEST
"Follow the rule of three by clustering eclectic pieces that you love together in threes!
Remember, displays always look better when using odd numbers. This is especially so if you have a large mantle or are adding your garland to a staircase."
"Mix up your metallics. By mixing your metallics you can add a bit of glamour to your home.
This is because the mixed metals add shimmer and warmth to any display."
SCENTS ARE EVERYTHING
"Adorn your garland with scented candles or foliage from the garden.
Alternatively, have small vessels filled with foliage or flowers within your display as this will make your arrangement have movement and soften any hard design lines.
If you need to wire anything then use florist wire. Because its sturdy and flexible you can wire in anything, from ribbons, Christmas decorations, small picture frames, fruit, sweets, small bottles of booze.
No matter what your style; you can add anything you like!"
Bloom & Wild's Christmas Garland Making Tips
And, there we have it! Now that you have created a beautiful garland you can adorn it on staircases, curtain rails, above doorways, on your drinks trolley, or even on the tree.