Christmas is all about taking special care with the details, from personalised gifts and wrapping to a beautifully set table to treat your loved ones. If your classic red and green theme is feeling a little dusty, why not take inspiration from the sea this year and bring a coastal elegance to your home with these 10 decoration ideas.
1. small and delicate
Extend the Christmas cheer with more than one tree on display. Head out to the garden and collect fallen branches to create a shapely tree-like feature. Paint the branches white to allow sweet baubles and decorations to shine.
2. calm colours
Choose a selection of calming colours to carry through the whole look, from welcoming cushions to prettily wrapped presents, aimed to entice.
3. blue horizons
Extend your decorating theme with exquisitely wrapped presents. Here, aquatic blue and white are teamed with hints of gold in the pretty papers and layers of ribbons. Starfish and shell decorations add a further festive flourish, and can be added to the tree later.
4. counting down
Have fun making your own advent calendar with mini cardboard boxes. Fill each box with a small toy or sweet treat and stick printed or handwritten numbers on each lid. The best part about creating your own is that you can personalise the gifts to suit your family.
5. sea trinket garland
Make a coastal-themed garland to display Christmas cards with a length of twine, some mini timber pegs and a few sweet decorations.
6. sand inspired stockings
Choose natural linen stockings to work with your palette and hang from an oar for a playful seaside touch.
7. starry night
Play with motifs and swap out traditional stars for starfish. Here, they’ve been hung on the tree in various sizes alongside gold ornaments that echo other delicate sea creatures. Fairy lights bring an ethereal twinkle that recreates the magic of sunlight reflecting in the water.
8. as the day breaks
Set the tone for Christmas Day by starting light with a breakfast served on matching crockery to suit your decorating theme. Here, all the blues come together from the napkin to the presents, while the natural cane tray, with it’s sandy tones, acts as the perfect foil.
9. happy as a clam
Use a clam shell for an ice bucket for a bit of fun at lunch – it’s sure to be a conversation starter among your guests. Either use it for oysters as friends and family start the feast or keep your Champagne at the perfect temperature ready to be popped as needed. Cheers!
10. fresh and festive
Keep the tabletop decorations simple and fresh with greenery from the garden and a pale blue linen runner, and, most importantly, the champagne within each reach.