Our guide to Christmas vibes in your home, covering everything from candlesticks to chandeliers
In the aftermath of a cyclone, changing up your cushions is probably the last thing on your mind. But fallen trees and power cables may well be the reason you need to step up the Christmas cheer inside your home. And we don’t mean with the colour scheme. How about the crackle of a fireplace that won’t cost you a paisa or a ‘holiday shelfie’ filled with all your favourite Star Wars characters, keeping up with Rogue One?
Do some rule-breaking this year. We promise not to tell Santa!
Choose a canvas
Ribbons and holly are so yesterday. Home decor guru Vikram Phadke, who has been in the biz of interior design for a couple of decades now, says it’s important that the festive vibe in your home reflects who you are. “Christmas decorations are personal. It’s more about the personality of
the person than what’s trending,” he says. From an overhaul of crockery choices in your kitchen cabinet to include plates with polka dots and
napkin holders with reindeer to phone cases with candy canes — the choice of canvas is entirely up to you.
Repurpose your ornaments
If you thought decorations were solely for the tree, maybe spike the eggnog you’re sipping on and then try this. Look at your decorations and find the most unlikely place to put them. Suspend colourful trinkets from a low-hanging chandelier in your living room. Or shift Santa hats off your head and into the dining room instead. (Santa Claus hat chair backs from Amazon @ Rs 680)
Cushion cue up
Cushions in home decor are as hot as cupcakes in dessert bars. “They won’t hurt your budget, but a few brightly coloured cushions can brighten up a space,” says owner of furnishings boutique Elan, Poonam Jhaver. For that opulent feel, she suggests, “Opt for silk and velvet covers. Both fabrics look rich, but are breathable, and can be used comfortably through the year.” Of course, more thematic choices like wreaths, reindeer and snow flakes are easily available online as well. And who says you can’t use them year-round? Snow flakes on your cushions may be exactly what you need when your AC decides to konk next June.
(Cushions from Flipkart @ Rs 699 each )
Think silver, gold and copper tones. This could translate well on everything from a cushion to a glam TV console. The reason that the metallic trend hasn’t died out yet is that it fits in well in different design schemes. “If you have a minimalist palate at your home, with more sombre shades on the wall and furniture, a metallic piece like a vase or a candlestick holder can make a style statement. On the other hand, if you have too many colours in the room, metallics also make for good binding elements,” points out Jhaver. A simple X’mas twist on this trend is putting together a centrepiece of metallic ornaments on your coffee table.
Fireplace courtesy Fibernet?
This trick is so cool, it may actually give your X’mas tree some competition. All you need is a computer and an internet connection.
Look out for a ‘live wallpaper fireplace’ via your search tab and then full-screen the page for a warm glow across your living room. Since it’s a live wallpaper, look forward to the sound of a gentle crackle, as the flames lick at the edges of your desktop (all the while revelling in the chill of your air conditioner). Fret not if your desktop or laptop screen is not large enough. Just Chromecast a video of the same from your phone to flat screen TV, and voilà — there’s a ‘flame on’ moment for everybody.
Scent of a woman
More like scent of a pine cone, in this case. There are more ways than one to smell Christmas in your home, apart from that roast turkey. “A basket of potpourri or a handful of perfumed pine cones can transform the mood of your space entirely,” says Vikram Phadke. For a more organic option, boil some orange peel and cloves on low heat in your tea kettle and prepare to hold your breath… or be tempted to run out of gas.
By Sonali Shenoy