Whether you want your Christmas home accessories to coordinate, complement or clash with your existing décor, there’s a lot of thought that goes into creating your perfect seasonal scheme.

Not sure which direction to go in? Here are four festive trends to try this Christmas, and some tips on how to get the look with Barker and Stonehouse.

Glamorous

Perhaps elegance is already the essence of your home, or maybe it’s something you’d like to experiment with for a change. Either way, dazzling glamour is easy to achieve at this time of year. From your Christmas tree to your Christmas décor, metallics lend the luxe effect you need.

First choose your palette: warm, cool, or both. Silvers, chromes and nickels will create a clean and modern look, whereas brass, bronze and gold have a cosier feel. The finishes you opt for will also have a major impact – we recommend mixing brushed, spun and polished elements for depth and varied texture. Looking for something a little different? Rose gold and copper remain popular for a unique take on festive décor that is very on-trend.

Functional as well as fabulous, some sparkling tableware is ideal for completing your all-important Christmas table. And your pièce de résistance? A stunning drinks trolley dressed up to the nines, fit for serving your guests in style.

Best thing about this trend: You can go as bold or as subtle as you like.

What to look for: Glass, sequins and sparkles, metallics and high-shine finishes, statement designs.

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Contemporary

For many of us, the phrase “Christmas décor” conjures up images of mistletoe, angels and stockings suspended above the fireplace. However, if you’re all about living in the present, why not take a step away from the traditional and instead curate a contemporary scheme that’s just as magical?

More Seasonal-Chic than Santa’s-Grotto, this look relies on minimalist designs and modern materials. There are many angles you can take, but clean and un-fussy is the goal here. Experiment with unexpected elements, like industrial decorations, geometric shapes or even a black and white colour palette. Monochrome baubles will look great displayed in stylish bowls and vases, or how about filling a lantern with fake snow and topping with miniature Christmas trees as a fun surprise? To finish, LED light features are an easy route to current style.

Best thing about this trend: Getting creative and experimenting with ideas to surprise your guests.

What to look for: Minimalist designs, geometric shapes, unconventional colours, monochrome.

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Natural

Christmas is often regarded as a time of indulgence and everything-in-excess, but if a calm and organic interior is more your thing then don’t worry – you can still get in on the action.

Taking inspiration from Scandinavia, this trend steers clear of sequins, sparkles and all that shines. Instead, you’ll be aiming for a look that is well-balanced and not overdone. A sprig of holly here, a wooden candle holder there; each small touch will come together to create a cosy Christmas scene that doesn’t shout at you when you walk through the door.

Festive greenery , pine cones and berries set the tone, so dress your banisters, mantelpiece and Christmas dining table accordingly – a display table rack will come in handy here. Natural elements are at the heart of this trend, so a real Christmas tree is non-negotiable. Finish with presents wrapped in brown paper and tied with string.

Best thing about this trend: It creates a soothing and welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of the festive season.

What to look for: Neutral earth tones, wood, fruit and foliage, elements of nature.

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Traditional

A commitment to classic Christmas style, traditional schemes work especially well in older buildings with warm, neutral colour schemes. In fact, wood panelling and a roaring fire will really bring out the best in this look.

You’ll have plenty to choose from in the décor department; from wintry motifs like reindeer and snowflakes to whimsical candy canes, toy box characters and of course, the humble wreath. It goes without saying that golds, reds and greens are the colour palette of choice for this merry trend.

Still not in the spirit? Sprinkle your space with fake snow for that special touch, then dial up the cosiness with warm lights and flickering candles. All that’s missing is the mince pies.

Best thing about this trend: The cosy sense of nostalgia that will make any guest feel instantly at home.

What to look for: Classic festive motifs, ceramic ornaments, warm lighting, red, gold and green.

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Whichever look you go for, be sure to stock up on snuggly throws and cosy cushions for keeping everyone happy when it’s cold outside.

Next, check out our Christmas Collection 2019 for gift ideas, dining room inspiration and quick-delivery buys that you can have in your home before the big day.