How to create a maximalist Christmas
From bold velvets in berry tones to antiques that glisten in the candlelight, here’s how to serve Christmas with a flourish and an abundance of festive cheer
Published: December 13th, 2019 at 3:01 pm
Dress your hall table with swathes of fresh green foliage, a golden bowl laden with fruit and a scattering of glistening baubles. Mirrors and ornate frames lead the eye upwards, while reflecting the cosy glow of candlelight.
Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without a bowl of walnuts and a novelty nutcracker. Arrange an appetising display on a tiered cake stand, surrounded by cut and coloured glass vessels for a tantalising centrepiece.
Make sure the eye is drawn to every inch of your tree – arrange the baubles to create maximum impact and intersperse vintage trinkets for a more-is-more approach. Team with plenty of clashing patterns in the stockings, rugs and wrapping paper for a look that’s vibrant and fabulously OTT.
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Remember your stairs are a brilliant place to show off your decorative excesses. Weave swags of greenery around and over your banisters, then hang a few oversized baubles and peacock feathers from the branches. If you’re blessed with wide treads and alcoves, these are ripe for your treasured ornaments.
Take a florist-bought wreath to another level with a few pinned-in-place antique and vintage brooches.
Shine on with clusters of baubles and witch balls artfully arranged hanging from the ceiling. Team with brightly coloured candles and your most over-the-top tableware for a setting that wows.
Up the whimsical stakes and ensure even the quietest and most modest members of your household are dressed up to the nines with tiaras, crowns and necklaces – the more bejewelled the better! Position busts in your entrance hall or on the landing to give visitors a smile.