There’s nothing to get you in the true festive spirit than putting up the Christmas decorations.

Image by Joe Buckingham

Before the sprouts are on and the annual tin of Quality Street is out, you can ramp up the excitement levels of Santa’s imminent arrival with a spot of Yuletide decorating.

Here are a few suitably merry Christmas tips for festive interior design and buying an art piece as a present.

Knowing the Person

Buying art as a present depends on a number of factors – chief amongst them, how well do you know the person? If you don’t know them that well, it’s advisable to get an artwork that has a broader appeal. Chances are, however, you’ll have some inkling of their tastes and artistic proclivities, so you’ll have a pretty good idea of the kind of pieces they like.  

The Function of Art

Also important to consider is whether the recipient will have sufficient space to display it – after all, you don’t want it ending up in their loft collecting dust. Some people like art that compliments their existing décor, while others might want it as an attention-grabbing centrepiece.

Personal Artistic Taste

Equally key is whether the person you’re buying for has any favourite artists or sculptors. If you don’t know, it might be an idea to tentatively coax it out of them.  It may turn out they don’t have a favourite, specific artist but know the kinds of things they like, so try and tailor your gift to their tastes.

Budget and Size

As with most things, what you buy will depend on the budget available. Knowing what is realistically available in relation to what you can spend is important. When it comes to original art, size doesn’t always have to be the overruling factor. A smaller piece of original art will probably go down better than a huge, cheap piece that gives the impression you spent more money. 

Bring the Outside In

With the cold, dark winter now in full swing, you’ll want to give some thought to the way passers-by perceive your Christmas decorations from the outside. The bottom line is that a proper display of decorations is infinitely more appealing than a haphazard display of garish tinsel and a wonky Christmas tree.  

It’s amazing how much you can spread the Yuletide cheer through your window, so cheer up your neighbours as they pass your house on these chilly evening – whether it’s a Merry Christmas sign or a lights, don’t forget those outside dwellers.  

Sort the Decorations

We’re all guilty of throwing those damaged or broken decorations in with good, working ones. Sorting the wheat from the chaff of yuletide decorations won’t only sort out a job that needed doing anyway, but will give you a chance to sort them out and get a sense of possible colour schemes and ideas. It will also make it easier to decide and organise which ones you’ll put in the hallway, living room, on the mantelpiece and, of course, on the tree. 

You may find, for example, that the majority of your decorations are slanted toward the red and gold theme, in which case it might be wise to theme your tree this way so the palette matches with everything else.

The Miracle of Nature

During the festive period, the spirits might be high but the cash is definitely low. So what better way to cut back on the overall costs that by turning to Mother Nature for your interior design? Things such as holly leaves, berries and pine cones not only fully exploit the beauty of nature but also look fantastic as decorations. 

And when you’ve amassed a reasonably-sized collection of nature’s decorative miracles, you can start thinking about how you want to use them – as tree or table decorations or a wreath adornment.  Bottom line: anything that encourages a little thriftiness at this time is to be welcomed with open arms (and mince pie-filled stomachs).

Keeping the Table Laid  

You might have a dining room that you don’t normally use that much, so why not put it to good and full use over the period of Very Merry and have it available all throughout the festive season. It’s also another good reason to the make the most of your decorations too.   

Keep It Personal

Christmas is a time that seemingly gets everyone’s creative juices flowing, whether it’s tacking up the tinsel or brandishing the baubles. You can also get truly hands-on too, creating your own personalised decorations, perhaps choosing specific themes and colours for your family members, running across the decorations right down to the stockings.

Choose a Suitably Festive-Coloured Art Piece

Art should play a role in your Christmas interior design plan too. If you’re going the traditional Christmas colour route, an art piece that utilizes green, red, gold, white and blue would work well. If you want to venture down a more alternative path, how about a piece which incorporates blue and red, red and lime, or navy and silver?

At Art Gallery, we have a fantastic range of affordable, original art pieces that would be ideal for the Christmas season. Why not try our Test Drive Tool to see how each piece will look in your house.