We’ve a little while to go before the big day in December, but for many of us, the idea of decorating for Christmas has been exciting since we took the tree down last year.
While much of the world curls up with blankets by the fire, the Aussie Christmas is unique in that we’re able to stuff our faces with prawns before waiting out our food comas on the beach.
And while we love the traditions involved in our beach cricket games after a feast, at home, there’s no denying the special feeling involved in decorating with traditional elements.
Below, Mia Lake, interior design director at Vic Lake Architects, shares her latest and greatest Christmas decoration ideas to help inspire your interiors this silly season.
1. Spread the cheer with wintry hues
We naturally gravitate towards a warmer and more coastal palette in summer with sea blues and sunny yellows, but that doesn’t mean we’re not able to also embrace a cooler set of colours.
“We can take inspiration from nature and the cooler climate,” says Mia. “This means embracing warmer textures and a deeper colour palette of dark smoky blues, mulberry and forest green – all of which should be complemented against a crisp winter white.”
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2. Downplay your Christmas ornaments
Christmas doesn’t have to mean loud colours and glittery stockings (although those are cool, too), but the simple, minimal look can be just as effective when it comes time to decorate your place.
“Expect to see a pared-back and contemporary approach to festive decorating,” she says, adding that twinkling fairy lights and oversized paper stars are the way to go.
“Nordic design aesthetics will play a big part in the decor trends this year,” she says, adding: “In December, we will see the same understated design approach trickle through, moving away from traditional decor and towards abstract decorations, florals and greenery.”
3. Layer up cosy textures
We’re not suggesting you wear a blanket and drink a cup of hot chocolate; we don’t want you to end up with heatstroke and a fever.
But the layering of plush textures can still be implemented to create cosiness, even in the summer months. “Think faux fur blankets that you can lay over your sofa,” says Mia.
4. Use fresh florals in your centrepiece
Hosting the annual Christmas lunch? Don’t let your centrepiece become an afterthought and take Mia’s advice if you want to create a stunning backdrop for your meal.
“The key to creating a stunning table centrepiece is layering simplistic pieces together at different heights and shapes to create interest,” says Mia. “A natural element is a must, so opt for fresh magnolia leaves or tree clippings in clear glass vases, layered against the glow of pillar or tealight candles.”
5. Get creative with your Christmas tree decor
Take the concept of hanging Christmas decorations to the next level with a tree that’s far from the expected aesthetic.
“Christmas in summer means you can embrace a tree of the not-so-traditional look. Get creative and hang a sculptural branch over your dining table or lean it against a wall,” Mia suggests.
6. Consider all the senses
The thought of Christmas in the home evokes memories in more ways than one.
Think images of Christmas decorations like a beautifully decorated tree, a fruitful wreath, and Christmas crackers on the table. We also think of smells like cinnamon and pine, and the unmistakable sound of Michael Bublé’s greatest hits.
“The key to successful Christmas decorating is creating an atmosphere in your home,” says Mia.
Originally published as Christmas decoration ideas by Katie Skelly.