Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Decorating for Christmas Western-style

With the season to be merry right around the corner, the excitement levels are on an all-time high! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everyone…yes, not just in the Philippines, but all over the world! (They have finally caught up with us!)

At this point, you have probably thought of (if you haven’t done it already, that is) of decorating your already beautiful home. But if you think that Pinoy-themed decorations are too passé, fear not. This is yet another exciting venture: when it comes to making your house ready for guests and more, the world is your oyster. Here are a few suggestions on decorating your house Western-style this Christmas:


American-inspired
Think: Coca-Cola’s vintage Christmas campaign, complete with the laughing Santa. 
Colors to use: Bright reds, dark greens, gold and a lot of white 
Decorations needed: Santa Claus, Christmas wreathes with big red bows, a bit of tinsel, cotton-made snow, stockings and a big, traditional Christmas tree with colourful Christmas balls


British-inspired
Think: The heart of London covered in snow!
Colors to use: Different shades of blue, gold and silver for stars, bold red…and loads of white, of course
Decorations needed: Stars, dark blue draperies (to be used as backdrop, like a night sky), red-coated English toy soldiers, tea cups and saucers strategically situated in some parts of certain rooms (you can even add tea bags for instant hot drinks for guests) and a big, white Christmas tree with a great, white angel on top


French-inspired
Think: Paris, the City of Lights.
Colors to use: the French blue, red and white…and a lot of twinkling yellow, gold, silver and white
Decorations needed: Twinkling Christmas star ornaments everywhere, an Eiffel tower instead of a Christmas tree, lit with Christmas lights, macarons in red and green and stockings hung by the window (a very French tradition!)


German-inspired
The feel: A snow-laden German village complete with Christmas carolers!
Colors to use: Different shades of blue and brown, and pops of various colors everywhere
Decorations needed: Gingerbread houses decorated to a tee, little girl and boy caroler figurines, stockings, a Santa Claus and a big, white Christmas tree with colorful ornaments, topped with a big, bright Christmas star


Christmas decorating is definitely the best way to stretch one’s creativity and imagination. Introducing other cultures to your home and your family and friends through your decors do not only make your home uniquely beautiful, but also gives the opportunity to teach a new thing or two to them. Enjoy the holiday season!


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