Deck the Halls

Katie Thomas, Design Director, KTM Design

Entertaining at home was predicted to be a key lifestyle trend for 2017, and interiors have followed suit, with elegant statement furniture in luxurious materials finding their place in your living room. Everywhere you look you’ll see marble, velvet and metallics, and cocktail chairs have become a statement item in the living room. Before we look at the trends for 2018, and with Christmas just around the corner, you may like to think about doing something slightly different with your festive decorating this year. Read some of my tips and tricks below:

Shape and Texture
From the round candles and organic shape of the garland to the linear look of the mirrors and ordered placement of stockings, a mix of rectangular, circular and botanical always strikes the perfect balance.

Incorporate Lights into your Curtains
If outdoor décor isn’t an option, you can create waterfalls of lights over the window with a sheer curtain on top for a soft glow that can be appreciated both indoors and out.

A Touch of Brass
A great way to break up the richness of the typically festive midnight blue and merlot red is with touches of metallic. Silver tones feel cool, but brass and bronze tones add a warmth which layers well with reds and blues.

Using White as a Base Colour
Layering different whites together can achieve a look that is glamorous, modern, traditional, romantic or casual, depending on the textures and materials used. Combining ultra white with deep blues and reds will stop your space becoming too dark. Do this with throws, area rugs and wreaths.

White Lights or Coloured Lights?
White lights add ambiance with their subtle glimmer and magical quality. They work beautifully with metallic and glass decorations.  With colourful lights you can be at danger of overpowering a tree or a room and remove any attention from other festive elements, but they can inspire a playful palette. You can choose to go from classy – by using just one or two specific colours – to more playful and festive by using multi-colours.

Whatever lights you decide to go for, they are perfect for setting the mood you desire and add ambience to any space. It is a simple way to set an energetic and fun tone for your family gatherings and parties.

Arrange candles for a centrepiece
An arrangement of candles will keep your space cosy and serve as something to gather around if a fireplace isn’t an option.

If you are thinking about making changes to your home or commercial space in the upcoming months and wondering how an Interior Designer can help you save time and money, do get in touch.

For more information or to book your complimentary design consultation, please call 01202 069499 or email

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