Yes it is that time of year again. December 1 is just two weeks away and then it’s time to break out the tinsel.
But where to start?
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The Courier-Mail reached out to interior designer Fleur Hartigan for some advice on how to create Christmas cheer, instead of Christmas chaos this year.
Fleur Hartigan shares her top Christmas decorating tips.
Ms Hartigan said she started her Christmas decorating with a major mid-November clean and declutter.
“Put away everything you don’t absolutely need and make sure the areas of the house you’ll use to entertain family and friends, including the outside areas, are sparkling clean and inviting,” she said.
“Vacuum the sofas, clean the windows and power wash the outside areas.
“It’s a fool proof way to make sure your Christmas decorations are a welcoming standout in your interior scheme and avoid running the risk of them looking like festive clutter.”
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Once that is done, Ms Hartigan said it was time to bring the decorations out of storage and make sure the lights are still working.
“Work out what you will focus on or add to in your Christmas scheme this year in time for the December 1 install,” she said.
“A few major groupings of Christmas objects will always have greater decorating impact than a sea of tinsel.”
“I decorate the entry, have the tree in the living room, decorate a sideboard in the family room, the mantle in the kitchen, the dining table and a tree on the deck so there are groupings of decorations as you move through the house.
“I use clusters of objects rather than a sea of single ones: a group of pillared candles of different heights on a festive tray, a bowl of oversized Christmas baubles, a family of reindeer on the sideboard.
“I tend to use fewer oversize decorations rather than lots of little ones.”
Ms Hartigan said to “apply the decorator’s golden rule” and make sure you decorate in groups of odd numbers.
Fleur Hartigan uses fewer oversize decorations rather than lots of little ones. (Photo by OLI SCARFF / AFP)
“Repeating your colour scheme and style of Christmas decoration throughout your home will ensure a cohesive scheme,” she said.
A festive entry is a must.
She said tulle bows on the front fence or entry gate are a fun and inexpensive do-it-yourself way to celebrate the season — and they withstand the occasional December thunderstorm.
“Repeat the bows in smaller scale on a wreath on the door,” she said.
“I’ve been using the same evergreen wreath for years, just changing the bows and baubles as I change my Christmas colour scheme.”
The options are almost limitless for Christmas colour schemes and Ms Hartigan said there really were no rules except it should make you happy.
Repeat the same bows used at the front gate on a wreath on a door.
“Red, green and gold are traditional favourites for good reason, blue and silver works beautifully, and whites and jewel tones have been very popular recently,” she said.
“I love mixing blues, whites, reds and greens with natural timber and textures and a hint of gold for a relaxed summer scheme.
“Repeating your chosen colours throughout the house in all your Christmas displays is the main trick to ensuring your chosen colour scheme works.
“This of course includes the tree. It doesn’t matter if you are a real tree or faux tree fan the pro tips are the same.
“Get a tree as big as your space and budget allows.”
When it comes to decorating the tree, Ms Hartigan said first “festoon with lights” and then decorate with love.
“My favourite trees are those that tell the story of the people who decorate them — the ones covered in made-at-kindy decorations and great grandma’s heirloom angels.
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“So, don’t be too precious with your tree, put all the decorations that mean something to you up there and augment with a few that tie in your colour scheme and you will be sure to have a standout tree.”