PUBLISHED: 14:39 14 January 2010 | UPDATED: 14:57 20 February 2013
Don't just dust off those same decorations used year after year - with just a few touches an original, fashionable Christmas look could light up your home this season
WHITE, yellow and blue reign for the 2007 festive decorations season, although creating a trend is just as much about design and material as colour. Here are some pointers to stay en vogue for Christmas 2007.
Dreaming of a white Christmas
The theme of white runs right through the romantic decoration spectrum and creates an elegant, opulent room, reminiscent of St Petersburg. To create this look use rich embellishment, Baroque ornamentation, velvet, lace, crystal and trimmings. You can also combine pale grey with muted turquoise, cream and pink and off-white.
The young, modern world of decoration makes a powerful appearance. 'Yellow' wagers on Southern charm and Spanish temperament. Earthy tones, sand, amber and orange, are combined with exotic flowers as a table feature. Velvet and brass, cambric and damask round off the fiery festive season.
Here, Nordic cool meets the dark green of rural informality, with clear, blue tones like indigo and sky. Painted wood, ceramics and pottery, enamel, cotton and linen, in a hand-printed look, and pillow lace complete the original, authentic mood. This year the focus is on icy shades, such as white, in combination with blue and turquoise. Fanciful shapes and materials provide texture and dimension.
Also look out for
Burgundy combined with silver, ivory paired with gold, silver and black, aqua and green. A new combination of russet reds, bronzes and golds. Layering different textures is very popular - create the romance of Christmas by using feathers, glass, beads, heavy fabric for table cloths.
Vases, globes and other products are being made more and more to look like wood, or from materials with a natural effect to them, including pheasant or peacock plumage.
Texture and shape remain strong elements in holiday design. Look for paisley, swirls, florals, birds, flocking, and words used as design elements. High-end materials such as lace, velvet, metallics and crystals provide a feeling of luxury.
Use candles scented with cinnamon and vanilla. Look for scented candles in glass containers - gingerbread, brown sugar, cinnamon or vanilla. Other on-trend scents are sandalwood, mandarin and ginger. Green candles are becoming increasingly popular, made of stearin or a mixture of beeswax and rape-seed oil. Lighting is still part of any Christmas scheme, with state-of-the-art LED lights proving as popular as ever.