Creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere in your home this Christmas means more than putting up the tree and decking the halls. Add style and glamour to your home with glittering gold and silver accessories for plenty of festive sparkle.
Golden hues have a sunny character and provide warmth to an interior, while shimmering silvers will work well with cooler colour schemes.
For the dining room layer gold, silver or white tableware with a classic dinner set and silverware, for a pretty and polished look that’s perfect for Christmas lunch.
Creating ambiance with lighting is also important to build a cheerful Christmas atmosphere, and candlelight is perfect for a soft, mellow mood. Place cream or white candles inside golden lanterns such as The Antique Brass Lantern by Barker and Stonehouse, for an alternative to harsh overhead lighting. Try a pair of these large lanterns situated either side of your fireplace for a look that’s warm and inviting.
The Quatrefoil Cylindrical Hurricane Lantern is another one of my favourites. It casts striking patterns on the walls when lit up with a candle inside, and a cluster of lanterns in different sizes and shapes makes for a delightful focal point on window ledges or occasional tables.
Prepare your living room for a little relaxation after dinner by lighting a fire and placing candles and accessories on the mantelpiece. Then it’s time to while away the hours relaxing on your favourite furniture with a glass of mulled wine or champagne.
Cushions and throws are the perfect way to spruce up a seating area in preparation for festivities, and nothing sparkles quite like sequins. The Ravenna Platinum Sequinned Cushion is beautiful with its embroidered trees, evoking the spirit of Christmas quite beautifully.
The Aquilla Sequinned Cushion and Throw add a high dose of dazzling glamour. Sewn entirely with silver sequins, they would also make gorgeous gifts for a loved one, if you can resist keeping them for yourself! Complete the look in your lounge with some muted metallic cushions such as the Como Pewter Cushion which comes fringed with small pompoms, for a glamorous yet understated feel.
A charming serving plate for offering guests mince pies or petit fours is a must; the Large Black and Orange Plate from Barker and Stonehouse is lined with stunning orange-gold leaf, adding a warm glow to the proceedings.
Another way to spruce up your interior without a total overhaul is to add a statement mirror to your hallway. The Large Sunburst Mirror from Barker and Stonehouse in glorious gold will look great over Christmas, but is sure to bring you comfort and joy all year round.
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