Decorating With Baubles

Festive decorations can come in all shapes and sizes, so have some fun displaying your baubles – and the rest...

Not just for hanging on the tree, baubles can be draped and festooned in a multitude of ways for extra colour and sparkle at Christmas. So get creative with a curated display of decorations and bring instant chic to a festive scheme.

FLOWER POWER

Turn a floral display into a Christmas-ready theme with the addition of some clashing baubles and twinkling lights.

Get the look: Floral display, Rebel Rebel. Baubles, Habitat.

DECK THE HALLS

If there’s one brand that never chucks taste out the window come Christmastime it’s Toast, whose festive drop includes these artisan decorations.Pretty patterns and a chic palette of coal, chalk, duck egg and copper mean these hand-painted decorations demand over-the-dinner-table status.

Get the look hand-painted baubles, £8 each, Toast.

FEAST FOR THE EYES

This is one high-concept look; think Miss Havisham hits up Petersham Nurseries and channel great Dickensian dining halls flickering in candlelight. All in the name of creating a feast that, quite frankly,
will be fit for a queen.

Get the look Decorations, from £7 each, Harrods;

GO LARGE

Go XXL with the Christmas table decs. Nkuku’s antique baubles are roughly the same size as footballs, making them the perfect dangle-over-dinner-table ornaments.

Giant antique baubles from £18.95 each; Bequal display pyramid candlesticks, from £14.95 each; Abeeko wine glasses, £34.95 for four, nkuku.com.

IN THE FRAME

Add interest to walls by hanging empty frames from ribbons and draping with baubles – stick to one or two colours max for a sophisticated statement.

Get the look: Similar frames from Ayres & Graces. For similar baubles, try Gold finial and Jet finial, both £10 for five, John Lewis. Gold star, £5, Wyevale Garden Centres. Gold onion-faceted, £1, B&Q. Gold leaf stripe, £4.50, Gisela Graham London.

GET TWIGGY WITH IT

Use a single colour to up the style ante. Mix and match white decorations in different shapes and hang from bare branches on show in a vase filled with clear baubles.

Get the look: Mini bud vases, £16 for six; Ceramic hearts, £15 for six; Spun glass baubles, £25 for six; Little mountain houses, £6 each; Faceted glass droplets, £3 each; and Sparkle berry branches, £15 each, all The White Company.

NEW HEIGHTS

Create a dramatic setting for dinner by displaying ornaments and greenery at different heights from a hanging candleholder.

Get the look: Candleholder (hung on wire), £35; Pine cone bauble, £4.50; Small brass votive, £7.95; Brass Christmas trees, from £13.95 each; Wine glasses, £7.95 each, all from House Doctor at Idyll Home.

TRAY CHIC

Upend a decorative tray and use the subtly reflective background to create a 3D effect. Stagger the lengths of your decs to evoke a gentle waterfall shape.

Get the look: Luxe Splendore wallpaper, from £20.95 linear m, Fardis. Emerald satin ribbon, £1.45m, VV Rouleaux. Butterfly Ginkgo oval tray, £275, Michael Aram at LuxDeco. For similar baubles, try Open jewelled in Silver, £20, A by Amara. Glass with foil detail, £10, Selfridges. Glass swirl, £5.95, Liberty London. Antique tapered, £12, Harrods. Emerald feather flower, £6, John Lewis.

MAKE IT PERSONAL

Pick up some simple glass baubles and use a metallic pen to turn them into personalised place settings for your Christmas table – they’ll make a cute favour for your guests to take home, too.

Get the look: For a similar bauble, try Mazi, £16.95, Nkuku. Similar heart dish, £12 for two, Nordic House. For preserved moss, try Amazon.

BRANCH OUT

Give an unused corner of a room some love by using silk ribbons to hang a foraged branch draped with your most brilliant trinkets.

Get the look: For similar baubles, try Shell sequin, £6.95, Liberty London. Pineapple, £16, The Shop Floor Project. Hummingbird, £10 for two, Gisela Graham London. Glitter silver snowflake, £3.99, Dobbies. Green crackle Indian glass, £10 for six, Marks & Spencer. Jewelled letter, £25, Tinker Tailor.

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