There’s nothing like the days getting shorter and the chill setting in to make our minds turn to Christmas.
One of my favourite things about the season is the abundance of ideas to turn that darkness into twinkling light – from glowing candles to twinkling fairy lights, there are so many ways to light up the Christmas season.
So, from your table to your walls and from inside to out, here are just a few ways to add a bit of extra festive sparkle to your celebrations.
For your Christmas table setting
Eucalyptus is the perfect alternative for your table settings and it smells incredible too. Lay some stems across the length of your table and weave through a set of sparkling fairy lights for a simple but stunning display.
We also love this idea from Neptune bringing the outside in. Using fallen branches, weave through fairy lights and baubles to create a sparkling centrepiece and hang with ribbons or cotton thread above your table. Finish it off with cosy throws on benches and chairs for your own winter wonderland.
For Your Christmas Mantle and surfaces
This minimal look can then be replicated throughout your home.
Why not use the same simple pieces with votive candles and warm wood accents for a touch of Scandinavian style.
Nearly any surface can benefit from a touch of lighting. Layered candles in Christmas scents will not only look beautiful flickering on those darker nights but if you choose those with festive scents, you’ll be embracing all your senses.
Choose fragrances that remind you of the time of year – cinnamon, pine, cloves and oranges will all add layers to your Christmas décor.
For Your Walls
If there’s one time of year when more is definitely more, then Christmas is certainly that time. A simple string of lights can dress up a plain wall or be wrapped around a mirror for a festive, glowing touch.
We also love the look of sparkling light-up trees to dress up a dark corner or LED stars leaned against windows or against your walls. Layering your lighting is also key here.
Mix in fairy lights with decorative lighting, votives and dinner candles for a glowing look that lifts up a room.
Christmas Lanterns Inside and Out
And finally, consider lanterns to decorate other areas of your home. Large or small, they create a festive ambience on the outside of the home, lighting up the walkway alongside fairy lights and decorative LED trees.
Inside, lanterns can be used again, lining the stairwell alongside garlands wrapped in baubles and fairy lights.
Left: The White Company / Right:John Lewis
Kimberly Duran is an award-winning interior design blogger who chronicles her decorating journey in her blog, Swoon Worthy. Her style is unashamedly eclectic, bohemian and glamorous and when she's not helplessly drooling over design websites and adding things to the imaginary 'shopping basket' in her head, she likes to get messy tackling DIY projects, stalking eBay for bargains, taking Instagram pictures of her cats and investing time in her ongoing love affair with gold spray paint.