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Charlotte Garvie of Banchory’s Adesso Décor shares her tips for fabulous festive interiors…

Last year, many of us chose very traditional colour schemes, using red and gold or green and gold for our trees and home décor, in an attempt
to recreate the joys of Christmas past. This year we’re seeing more schemes with flocked trees and garlands with neutral decorations in gold and silver. It’s a look with a Winter Wonderland theme. Luxe textures such as velvet, sequins and satin are again proving really popular but in much more muted and sophisticated tones than in previous years. 

Another trend that’s been gaining ground in the past few years is doorscaping. Decorating entranceways has become as important as having a Christmas tree. Our clients are looking for a big festive hit even before you cross the threshold with some continuing the trend into other seasons such as Easter, autumn and Halloween and even Valentine’s Day. 

There has been a boom in wreath making classes which is a lovely way to get into the festive spirit and have a meaningful decoration at the end of it. Instead of just one wreath, you can hang three in a vertical row on your front door for maximum impact. Decorating the lower half of your wreath and fading up to bare fir on the top arc is really effective. Don’t be restricted to the outline of the wreath, allow your decorations to splay out – it doesn’t have to be a perfect circle. Attach everything with floristry wire to stop your handiwork blowing away in the wind. 

Although you can buy your decorations online, it’s can be more special to seek out some new buys in person. It’s a great way of marking the start of your personal festive season. If you’re looking for more unusual decorations, garden centres are a good option but independent home stores have great finds too. You’ll also find many independent creators at the festive markets in and around Aberdeen. 

Making your tree look really special doesn’t need to cost a fortune. You can start with a base of cheaper decorations in a neutral colour, or use one of the metallic shades, then add colour with some more expensive glass ornaments. Try using ribbon to tie your baubles to the tree branches. It give an instant upgrade but doesn’t cost a lot. A Christmas tree should be full of intrigue so picking up items over the years will ensure there is lots to sit and stare at. Lighting is a great way to keep the costs down. If your tree is properly lit, you’ll need a lot less in the way of decorations! 

This year, my advice would be to try and buy early if possible. There’s a global shortage of trees and lights and some stockists have already sold out. Order trees and lights as soon as possible in store or pre-order online to ensure festive delivery.

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