Try a fresh take on festive decorations with these easy-to-recreate ideas, from an ombré tree to bauble chandeliers
The ombré tree
The trend for graduated ombré colour is still going strong, from hair to home interiors. Do something different with your seasonal scheme this year and try it on your tree. Simply sort your baubles from dark to light, then arrange them on the Christmas tree from top to bottom. You can stick to slight variations in shade within a single colour scheme – dark to light metallics, for instance – or go for full-on festive fun with a cheery rainbow tree like the one shown here.
The bauble chandelier
Baubles are so beautiful, it seems a shame not to show them off. Try this easy idea for a cascading display that’s sure to turn heads.
First, choose your favourite showstopping baubles and split them into groups of around 12. It’s best to go with a theme, whether you prefer minimal white and glass, luxe metallics, sculptural shapes or eye-catching brights. Thread a separate piece of clear picture wire or fine ribbon through each bauble, varying the lengths so they fall at different heights. Then hang your chandelier from the ceiling, on your door instead of a wreath, or on the wall as a festive feature.
The fairy lanterns
Lights don’t have to be confined to your Christmas tree. For a quick but striking display, place them inside a glass vase or lantern. There are just two key tips to follow: avoid trailing cables by choosing a battery-powered set; and stick with clear, copper or silver wire to let your lights shine.
Group lanterns of different heights in your hallway, on a sideboard or along a shelf to bring some seasonal sparkle to a dark corner. Alternatively, use a short vase as a table centrepiece, or arrange outdoor lights in covered lanterns on either side of your front door for a warm welcome whenever you come home.
Editor: Jo Caulkett