GETTING YOUR HOME READY FOR CHRISTMAS

  • by Aideen McCanny
  • 07 Nov, 2017
Home ready for Christmas

With so many people aiming to revitalise their homes in time for Christmas, here at Home and Contract Design, November and December are our busiest months. Whether you’re considering revamping a room’s soft furnishings for the arrival of guests, or taking on an entire room refurbishment, now is the time to tackle it or risk being held up due to delayed deliveries and the holiday period.

So with this in mind, here are our top tips for ensuring your home’s décor is ready in time for Christmas.

Home ready for Christmas

Make a list, and check it twice

First things first, create a list of everything that you need to buy and do for the festive season. Write gift lifts, food shopping and to do lists. Doing this now, rather than a couple of days before Christmas will ensure you keep your sanity. Plus, if you have big plans for your home, this will afford you a better understanding of whether it’s feasible in the timeframe.

Spring clean… in winter

Before you begin decking the halls, now if the perfect time to indulge in a good clean. From tidying out the cupboards to tackling that wardrobe, a good clean and tidy out is the easiest way to restore order in your home. Feeling like everything is tidy brings with it the reassurance that the arrival of unexpected guests won’t fill you with fear.

Home ready for Christmas

Carefully consider your Christmas decorations

With Christmas’ colour palette traditionally offering a combination of red and green, the temptation is always to stick to these hues. However, consider your room’s colourings before reaching for the baubles. When choosing decorations, try to pick a colour scheme which will work with your room’s tones, rather than compete with them. There is a wealth of other colour combinations that can look magical. White, silver and gold are nice and neutral if you are worried about clashing with a room’s bold, bright hues.

Order your furniture now

Good quality furniture takes time to arrive so whether you’re planning on ordering a new dining room table, or guest bed, now is the time to do it. Before ordering, always check the timeframe, as many companies state ‘pre-delivery guaranteed’ but the small print will tell you otherwise. At Home and Contract Design , we work with a wealth of furniture suppliers, so if you have something in mind, get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.

Home ready for Christmas

Tackle any maintenance issues

We all have those ‘odd jobs’ that have been building up all year so if there’s something that needs fixing, do it now. From fixing a leaking tap to addressing peeling paint, undertaking these issues will instantly make your home feel like a more welcoming place.

Seek the help of an interior designer

Whether it’s creating your soft furnishings or bringing your vision for a room to life, if you have a interior design project you’d like complete before Christmas, now is the time to get in touch. Contact Pam on: 07710 742612.

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by Aideen McCanny 21 Nov, 2017
As November draws to a close, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. If you're preparing to deck the halls, check out our top tips for Christmas tree decorating, for a look that wows this festive season.

Location, location, location

First things first, location is key. Finding the perfect spot to showcase your tree is the first step in ensuring it looks its best. Find a location that's near a socket to avoid leads and wires cluttering your floor and rearrange furniture if necessary. If you've opted for a real tree, choose a cool corner, away from sources of heat to avoid it drying out.

by Aideen McCanny 07 Nov, 2017

With so many people aiming to revitalise their homes in time for Christmas, here at Home and Contract Design, November and December are our busiest months. Whether you’re considering revamping a room’s soft furnishings for the arrival of guests, or taking on an entire room refurbishment, now is the time to tackle it or risk being held up due to delayed deliveries and the holiday period.

So with this in mind, here are our top tips for ensuring your home’s décor is ready in time for Christmas.

by Aideen McCanny 24 Oct, 2017
Whether it's simply a fad, or here to stay, you can't argue that hygge isn't having a serious impact in the world of interior design . So what exactly is it and why is there such hype about it?

Well, the Danish word can't actually be translated into English as it's more of a feeling, rather than an object. Hygge - pronounced hue-gah - represents a culture of cosiness, happiness and wellbeing, which is widely credited as the reason why Denmark is regularly voted one of the happiest countries in the world!

Hygge means something different to everyone - whether it's cuddling up on the sofa with a good book, enjoying a bowl of your favourite warming comfort food, or filling your home with twinkling candles - it's really all about being mindful of the simple things in life that make you happy, and embracing them.
 

The interior design of your home can have a big impact on this so with this in mind, we've put together our 6 hygge tips to transform your home into a comfortable haven.

1. Stock up on candles

Believed to be the number one way to get the hygge look, we're not surprised! The first thing that comes to mind when creating a cosy setting is setting the perfect lighting and candles are the best way to achieve this. Whether scented or unscented, embrace the warming glow of candlelight throughout your home. And their use shouldn't be confined to solely nighttime either. Danes purchase more candles than anywhere else in Europe, with one third admitting they light candles all day.

2. Create texture

When you think about creating a cosy atmosphere, notions of soft textures which add dimension instantly spring to mind. If you want to hygge your home, stock up on chunky knit cushions, faux fur throws and fluffy rugs, guaranteed to add lashings of texture. For extra comfort, choose the softest of materials, such as merino wool and cashmere for a touch of luxe.

3. Don't go overboard

You don't have to completely redesign your entire home to create a hygge atmosphere. It might just be creating a little nook you can call your own, or adding more of what you love. Remember, hygge is a feeling, so it isn't just focused on physical items. It could be enjoying a cup of your favourite coffee, or enjoying a long, candlelit bath. It's all about taking time to enjoy more of the things that you love.

4. Bring the outdoors inside

The autumn and winter months are typically cold, so going outside may not be your idea of comfort, but that doesn't mean you can't welcome the great outdoors into your home. From wooden furniture and flooring, to exposed walls and brickwork and neatly packed piles of logs, waiting to be thrown on that roaring fire, it's easier than you might think. Plus, you can easily incorporate nature into your home, with the addition of house plants, which are the perfect finishing touch.

5. Keep it simple

Hygge is never about going overboard. Yes, its focus is on indulging, but not extravagance. Hygge is not about going OTT in a bid to impress guests, but instead creating an atmosphere where everyone is comfortable and at ease. Learn to embrace the imperfections and simplicity and you're halfway there.

6. Take up a hobby at home

You've spent time creating an atmosphere you love, so make some time to enjoy it! Whether it's taking up a new hobby, or picking up an old missed one, turn off technology, and enjoy a simpler way of life. From delving into a good book, to picking up a craft, these activities will help you switch off and relax the mind and body.

If you'd like to introduce a little hygge into your home, why not give us a call and let us help you create your perfect setting? For more information, get in touch here  .

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