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Kelly Hoppen’s Christmas Decorating Tips

Kelly Hoppen, one of the best Interior Designers of our century shares her Christmas decorating tips.

Add a touch of Glitter
“I personally like to display decorations with colours matching my tree. Fairy lights are a great way to add a beautiful magical ambience and are not just for the tree! Decorate pieces of furniture or use within your table to add a glittering look.”


Decorating the Fireplace
“I love making use of my fireplace, not only for function but because they can be decorated gorgeously to become a focal point in the living room. Try placing christmassy trinkets, garlands or ‘home jewellery’ on the mantelpiece to really adorn the space.”


Mixing Cushions
“I tend to mix up cushions and throws in various materials such as wool and velvet. Using a combination of soft, sumptuous textures such as these really adds a touch of luxury and provides that extra comfort for a cosy, festive feel. Some other fabrics I like to use are cashmere and faux fur.”


Festive Scents
“The rich scents of Christmas always remind me of nostalgic times with my cherished family at Christmas. I like to place candles on a tray and place them a bit everywhere in the house. Aside from the festive fragrance you will also get a beautiful glow as it gets darker outside.”


Decorating the Tree
“To me, decorating the tree is the most important part, a privileged moment with your loved ones. I tend to keep it simple by using one colour scheme and lots of fairy lights to dress your tree with a special twinkle spirit. Keeping to a classic theme, add in personal touches such as vintage baubles or home made decorations with sentimental meaning to make your tree unique to you and give it character. Let your creativity shine throughout and reflect what Christmas is about for you.”


Table Settings
“The table is such a focal part of the day, a place where family and friends come together. No Christmas table is complete without beautiful, sparkling glassware. Using seasonal vegetables and fruit as part of your centrepiece will also give the table a wonderful organic feel. Add to the display by placing a variation of witches balls and oversized baubles on your Christmas dining table. Either sprinkle down the centre of the table or place in a glass bowl for a simple yet high impact touch.”


Christmas Wreaths
“I love all of the traditional Christmas decorations and absolutely adore using wreaths at Christmas time. Placing a big, beautiful wreath on the front door displays that festive spirit is a wonderful welcome for guests. Pussy willow and northern pine is an elegant combination that gives a classic look. Add a modern twist to using holly, by adding a sprig to a large vase.”


Festive Tableware
“I prefer to use neutral tones when it comes to table linen. You can enhance a table with a linen display down the centre of the table or laid horizontally as a pair, then use layers of silver such as statement napkin rings for an extra Christmas touch.”


Article Written by Marta Vieira

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