do you have themes?

(29 Posts)
wonderingsoul Sat 12-Oct-13 16:42:28

iv had, black, sliver and purple

pink purple blacks.

tastefull traditional

but this year im going tacky..... loads of multy coloured bauables. metalic colours things hanging every where.

hand made decorations.
the lot.

so what are you guys aiming for?

spottymoo Sat 12-Oct-13 16:47:26

Mine is silver,gold,green I've had the same theme for years I just add new things to it each year.

Always buy a new crystal glass bauble. Last year added a swag to go up the stair rail and decorated it.

This year were looking for a wooden advent calendar dd & dss are both 10 & 11 but we still like to add new things grin

ringaringarosy Sat 12-Oct-13 16:57:28

last year i went traditional and had lots of red white and green,old fashioned decorations etc,this year the decorations on the tree are gold and im keeping the other stuff quite simple,cream candles,rattan wreath,rattan christmas tree lighty up cone thing!

will have a wreath with berries and cones and lights on the door,and some more colourful stuff in our music room,thats where i put the advent chest and nativity set and stuff.i try to keep the living room more tasteful.

ringaringarosy Sat 12-Oct-13 16:58:22

i would love to do a stair garland thing but we dont really have one thats on show,the staircase is kind of hidden at the back of the house and theres no bannister,just a rail!

Draculasbride Sat 12-Oct-13 17:01:23

Well I started off traditional and have somehow ended up with a very Nordic looking tree lots of red white green and gold but I have lots of hand carved wooden bits and bobs and the effect is lovely smile
Ooo I love a good stair swag!

We sort of have a Scandinavian theme, not deliberately but because it's a look I like and I got a lot of my tree decorations when I lived in Finland.

We don't have any baubles on the tree, mostly wooden animals and some wicker and felt shapes. No tinsel and only white lights. I fancy plain glass baubles in the window this year.

I will also do homemade creations of holly, ivy and pine for the mantlepiece (this will not be professional quality, but will be free). And we have fairy lights in wicker balls to hang around our big mirror. And a really plain ivy wreath on the door.

When the dds are bigger I suspect my tasteful theme will have to change to suit their tastes and enthusiasm!

wonderingsoul Sat 12-Oct-13 17:22:40

fairy light in wicker balls i like the sound of. also wooden decroations sound lovely, but alas my purse just wont reach that far.

i also want a stair garland...bvut i have no stairs.... though i suppose i could do the comunal stairs.....

infact i think i may.. and just pretend not to knwo who did it when the neighbours start aquestioning it grin

Marne Sat 12-Oct-13 17:25:01

We had red and white last year (white tree, red and white decs), this year i'm having our first real tree so am going with traditional and a bit tacky (80's style with a bit of vintage mixed in), am making a few things with fabric, maybe cushion covers and bunting smile.

lade Sat 12-Oct-13 17:29:05

In recent years, I've come back round to the traditional colours, as in our new(ish) house, the stairs (in my living room), are red.

So over recent years I've been buying more red decorations (already got lots of gold ones). I have some silver / white ones too, which I use a bit, but am phasing some of those out.

Personally, I like the traditional look (as in proper traditional - Victorian style, not 1970s tack) and have been collecting the little ornament toys. We're very lucky to actually have a Christmas shop in our village, so I buy some bits and bobs in there, but it's not cheap. However they're quirky and different, and provide interest. I like anything interesting, (tend to avoid plain baubles) so long as they're tasteful. I try hard to make my house look nice all year round, and I'm not going to change that just because its Christmas!

I'd be interested in knowing what people put on their banister wreaths, and how they get the look... That sounds really interesting.

MamaBear17 Sat 12-Oct-13 17:49:56

Red and green sweetie theamed tree. The rest is all Santa/snowman/reindeer tat!

brightspark2 Sat 12-Oct-13 17:54:19

Doctor Who. Blue and white lights, blue and silver tinsel..and a Tardis with a fairy light inside it on top of the tree....

cocoleBOO Sat 12-Oct-13 17:57:18

Love it brightspark grin
Mines always tacky as many fairy lights as possible, usually multiple chasers/ flashing, tonnes of tinsel and baubles.

Ours is ... evolving! Every year we buy a new ornament for each child which they choose themselves. Plus a few collected through other ways or made at preschool etc. We have a list describing each child's ornament, and when they leave home a shoe box will be aquired and sent with them (whether they like it or not!). When the last one has left the tree will probably turn purple and red!

Pollywallywinkles Sat 12-Oct-13 19:13:46

We've had various colour themes over the years; silver and gold, pink and silver, blue and silver, purple and silver, teal and silver. However we keep going back to silver, white, clear glass and crystal.

MissDjax Sat 12-Oct-13 19:30:19

My kitchen I decorate in a Scandinavian theme. Lots of red and white. Was very inspired on a winter trip to Stockholm one year. My drawing room though is very traditional. Lots of gold, green and red. God I'm desperate to get my decorations up. smile

ringaringarosy Sun 13-Oct-13 08:10:48

do people decorate their kitchen?what with?my kitchens quite small i dont know what i could do in there.

Amandine29 Sun 13-Oct-13 09:13:05

wonderingsoul You can get some fairly cheap wooden decorations.

CharlotteBronteSaurus Sun 13-Oct-13 09:18:25

I think colour schemes looks too tasteful, and if there's one thing that Christmas isn't about, it's any sort of taste or restraint.

but then I commit the MN taste-sin of having coloured fairy lights, so what do I know?

Amandine29 Sun 13-Oct-13 09:20:28

My style is traditional countryside. Red and gold are the main colours with lots of natural decorations such as holly over pictures, mistletoe by the door and garlands down the stairs and along the fireplace. I'm only strict with regards to shop bought decorations, home made can be slightly outwith the colour scheme. I have ornaments that I have collected in various countries for the tree, as well as shop bought baubles, ribbons tied into bows for the ends of the branches, beads draped inside the tree, candy canes and some wooden/knitted decorations from my grandmother. White lights only, never coloured.

VBisme Sun 13-Oct-13 09:28:29

Generally traditional red and gold theme, although we also buy a "special" bauble for each person every year which is entirely their choice.
I also buy the Swarovski Christmas bauble every year, so have quite a collection of those too.

Pollywallywinkles Sun 13-Oct-13 11:05:17

I've got quite a collection of the Swarvski Christmas ornaments too. They go on a white lit garland hung on the fireplace mirror.

we have had for the last few years. 2011 was a dr who themed christmas, white lights on tree, blue and silver tinsel, blue and silver gift wrapping, big blue star or tree, weeping angels, tardis and dalek gingerbread biscuits in little cello bags hanging on the tree, tardis christmas cake etc. was good fun but a lot of hard work. last year i went quite scandi style, lots of wood and red and white for everything. this year i think we are going traditional, probably red gold and green, should be able to reuse some of last years things. not sure what to do about wrapping yet, either same colour as the decs, or lots of brown paper and pretty ribbons.

VikingVagine Sun 13-Oct-13 11:20:43

Looking back at photos, the nicest our tree ever looked was with an orange and pink theme.

I've had blue and silver (nice, but cold), red and gold, purple (looked awful) and last year was carefully chosen by me multicoloured. This year we're doing Indian multi colour (pink, orange, purple, burgundy , royal blue and lime green).

VBisme Sun 13-Oct-13 11:34:40

Just been looking for the Swarovski Xmas 2013 ornament, and they've started doing an annual bauble as well!

TessTackle Sun 13-Oct-13 11:40:06

I've done purple and bronze, bronze and gold, brown and gold. But this year I'm doing red white and gold, very disney Christmas for my DD.

We're going to make a special trip to disney store for her to choose one extortionate decoration and start a tradition smile

StupidFlanders Sun 13-Oct-13 11:55:52

My colours are garish- lime green, hot pink, silver and red on a green tree. My next buy will be a vintage looking Aluminium and tinsel tree but it's hard to find exactly what I'm looking for.Lots of sparkles and glitter. The table display is vintage.

The dcs have a small tree covered in superheroes, ninjas, toy story and the like.

MissDjax Sun 13-Oct-13 12:37:29

ringaringarosy we have a really large kitchen and I love decorating it. It's where I spend most of my time so I like it to be festive. Fairy lights draped wherever possible and little snowflake lights along all the windows, along with various red and white stars etc hanging in the windows. I replace all my usual plant pots with gold ones and I tie little red velvet bows to all my cupboard handles. I put out lots of red and white candles on my shelves and work tops and I also have various little ornaments dotted about, all red and white - little Santa Claus etc. I buy really beautifully boxed food items too like panettone etc which I leave out on the worktops rather than put them away in cupboards. Helps to add to the festive feel. And I fill bonbon dishes with little christmas chocolates from Lidl and have them randomly placed around so people can help themselves. I put away the cushions from the kitchen sofas and replace them with Christmas cushions. And I always have christmas dishtowels and hand towels.

The stairs leading up to the drawing room are in the kitchen and I love to decorate that too. It's the only internal staircase we have so would be a waste not to. In fact just this week I bought a load of really nice large red and white baubles and decorations from tk maxx that I am going to experiment with this year. Going to try hanging lots of them from underneath the handrail instead of doing the usual garland thing.

But even when I've had very tiny kitchens in the past I still decorated them. Fairy lights, towels etc. Takes up hardly any space but spreads the festive cheer. smile

BeaverAbroad Sun 13-Oct-13 13:03:40

Swedish traditional style (DH brought it over when he moved here, and I love the style). Little red and white gnomey things which they have, loads of small red knitted things and stuff, wooden/felt ornaments, all very traditional. Red and white. Non coloured lights. A wreath and some holly.

OldRoan Sun 13-Oct-13 13:09:57

My parents always have traditional red/gold with green accents.

This year, no longer under their roof, my theme is sparkle and glitter. Simply because I can.

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