Festive decor with a difference: an interior stylist's guide

'Tis the season – to throw out the rule book. Swerve the traditional reds and greens for modern metallics, curated tabletops and enough lush greenery to put your tree to shame. Ready for a festive revolution? Interior stylist Amy Adams shares her tips.



1. For a Studio 54 party vibe, mix metallics. Think gold, silver, brass and reflective surfaces to bounce around the light and create a sparkling, festive atmosphere. Shimmer curtains, twinkling tassel garlands and disco balls are a firm favourite in our house for instant glitz and glamour.

2. Layer the table with your favourite crockery and glassware. Add foliage, feathers, tea lights, trinkets and the all-important Christmas crackers.

3. When creating festive displays, choose colours that complement your existing scheme. Then, suspend decorations using fishing wire, pile party favours high on a cake stand to create a centrepiece, and make use of the staircase (if you have one) – it's the perfect backdrop to stagger decorations at different heights.

4. Head outdoors for some festive foliage. Eucalyptus smells gorgeous and dries really well. Artificial stems make a great base for wreaths and garlands, and can be bulked out with seasonal greenery – ivy, pine, mistletoe and fir. Add baubles, pompoms, feathers and tassels (more is definitely more), and secure as you go with florist's wire.

5. Fill a large vase with branches and adorn with baubles, garlands and fairy lights. This will make an awesome addition to a sideboard or can be used instead of a traditional tree if space is tight. Turn off the overhead light, and switch on the fairy lights to set the mood with a warm glow. 



Article written by: Esther Baines

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