Thanks to Covid-19 and lockdown, home decor has never enjoyed the spotlight more. Estee Kershoff has five quick, easy and affordable ways to reinvigorate and refresh your home for the festive season.

Create your own festive ‘living’ wreath by planting small succulents in a circular container such as a ring of florists’ foam or polystyrene covered in pretty paper (or use air plants attached to a wire wreath frame). Decorate the plants with small, colourful Christmas baubles for an extra dose of joy.

A recurring trend in home decor, indoor plants are now more prevalent than ever as we spend more time at home. For those celebrating Christmas, a novel way to introduce this trend into your home and add some festive cheer is with plants such as poinsettias (now available with blooms in red, creamy white and pink). If you can’t fit a fresh Christmas tree indoors to decorate, opt for cut branches that can carry a few baubles or a beautiful wreath made from dried botanical elements for a natural touch.

Hot off the fashion runways, this season tie-dyed pieces are making a style comeback – in home decor too. Opt for smaller accessories such as throws, scatter cushions or a fun art print to keep it from overpowering the rest of your decor scheme.

When it comes to entertaining, small dinner parties and al fresco lunches at home seem to be the smart – and safer – choice for the foreseeable future. Kick it up a notch this festive season with beautifully set tables that feel extra special. Spoil yourself with new glassware (a favourite this summer is textured and/or coloured glasses), cutlery, crockery or table linen mixed and matched with old favourites. You can also get the kids involved by getting them to make cute place cards or napkin holders. A current favourite trend is table tops layered in shades of green – think tropical foliage prints on napkins and tablecloths – with pops of turquoise. For a more classic look, style your table with a combo of black and white or navy and white.

Along with the trend to introduce living plants and earthy hues into our homes, natural materials are also big news. Rattan and wicker are especially enjoying a moment in the spotlight, with decorators choosing to use accessories such as lampshades and larger furniture pieces in these materials to imbue a home with warmth and textural interest. They are also great in small accent pieces such as storage baskets and table placemats, as they offer the perfect balance to sleek, modern items and work well with other natural materials like wood, stone and leather.

Bold colours like cobalt and aubergine instantly inject a space with vibrant energy. Instead of simply painting a feature wall in a bright colour, add a playful twist and rather try it on doors, trims, built-in cupboards or stair treads for a bigger wow factor. If this seems too daunting, start small with a few soft furnishings or accent pieces in a vivid hue.

No space for a dedicated bar area for fun home get-togethers? Use a drinks trolley. These moveable pieces can be stacked with glasses, drinks and an ice bucket for guests to help themselves.

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