Decorating your new home – Christmas lighting trends

Date:

Friday 16th December 2011

As we are all aware, Christmas is soon to be upon us and the festive season is in full swing. If you have been busy moving into your new home and have not yet had time to treat your house and family with some festive decoration, do not just rely on the star of Bethlehem for your illuminations this year, unless you are actually there! Bring some festive lighting to your life and brighten up everybody's Christmas.

Sugared almonds Christmas tree decorationsFirstly, purchase your Christmas tree, if not opting for a traditional pine tree, B&Q (diy.com) offers a great range of artificial and very realistic Chamonix trees which do have lighting incorporated in them. If you do have a tree hiding up there in the loft, waste no time and dust it off! Secondly, dress with beautiful lights. The interior and exterior of your house can be decorated to add some extra sparkle. Lights4Fun (www.lights4fun.co.uk) has a special offer currently on connectable light netting which looks truly magical if you are dressing trees and hedges in the garden for those guests that are venturing outdoors after dinner for a breath of fresh air. Bundle prices start at £69.00. For the ladies in the house, why not have a fun fairy-themed Christmas and dress your Christmas tree with handmade pink fluffy feather fairy lights with 24 warm white LED lights at only £13.99.

For the finishing touches with tree decorations to complement your tree lights, take a look at ChristmasTimeuk.com at the sugared almond tree decorating pack (see photo) offering delicate enchanting pastel shades with a romantic edge. Other ranges available include Chocolate Orange, Santa Suit and Circus.

Ambience is the key for table lighting to enchant your guests and to add warmth when dining. If you want to adopt a more traditional Christmas table, why not consider candle lanterns for your table which can be positioned centrally for your Christmas dinner to give adequate lighting to your guests or randomly placed at the buffet table to showcase your vol au vents or Yule log? Onlinelighting.co.uk offers a range starting from £52.95 or if the budget does not allow, similar items can be sourced at Ikea.

If you have a beautiful centrepiece in the form of a flower arrangement, make the most of your display in the evening by illuminating its beauty. Amazon (amazon.co.uk) offers flower twigs - 96 red bulbs with fabric petals for £34.95, and the floral stem battery fairy lights for £5.50. These can be incorporated into the oasis of your flower arrangement.

For more lighting ideas working on this theme in your home take a look at the mistletoe / foliage flower lights at Amazon for £23.95 which can be used as a wall feature or simply dress your door wreath with a difference by incorporating fairly LED lights or by hanging your wreath above the dining table instead of your usual pendant. This can be suspended with chunky ribbon to support it.

Wishing you a bright and happy Christmas and ensure that you celebrate in style!

Written by Elizabeth Bishop (www.elizabethbishopinteriordesign-kent.co.uk)

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