With blue and white decor a classic choice for many homes, it makes a stunning and simple colour scheme to decorate your home come Christmastime. Whether you home is all white everything, beachside coastal or hamptons hideaway, holiday decorating in various shades of blue and white is chic and easy to adapt to a summer or winter season. Note your homes interior style and pick your palette - navy and off-white, duck egg and cream, Tiffany blue and snow. And add a metallic or two in bronze, silver or gold for a touch of festive sparkle. Now let's deck the halls!
GATHER WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE
It's so easy to get caught up in Christmas crazy and go ham on buying all new everything for every holiday decor theme change you desire. But, shop smarter by first shopping from your own home. Be like a bowerbird and walk around your home and dig through your storage closets to find all the beautiful blue and white decor you already own that could work for Christmas decorating too. And if you already have plenty of silver ornaments, save money by using silver as your metallic highlighter with this theme and pull other silver accents around your home at the same time. Bowls, vases and ginger jars can be displayed in groups or filled with small gifts, sweets, pine cones, greenery or baubles. Also pick up soft furnishings, a basic wreath if you have one and any ribbon, twine and gift-wrap in your chosen shades. Once you've laid out your loot, you may instantly note any extras you need to purchase or you may need to start arranging your decor to get specific about what's missing.
FROM TREE TO TABLE
After adorning your Christmas tree, continue the blue and white theme into your dining room and dress the table for a classic Christmas breakfast, lunch or dinner. The best thing about this colour scheme is that works for any meal and is relatively easy to achieve thanks to the accessibility of white dinnerware. If you don't have a mantle or floor standing tree, the table may even become the centerpiece of your decorating. Layer a white table cloth with a navy runner or opt solely for individual placemats to show off a great timber tabletop.
Arrange dishes, vases, greenery, baubles, ribbon and fresh white flowers down the centre of the table or at each place setting, being sure to balance the colours, vary heights (not too high so that conversation is hindered), and contrast textures.
THE FINISHING TOUCHES
Extend a touch of festive spirit into the kitchen, guest bathroom, powder room, outdoor entertaining space and of course, your entryway for continuity. Again, the effects can be as subtle or as maximalist as you like - a simple sprinkling of the colour scheme in towels or candles throughout, or everything from the front door mat to the colour of the fairy lights in the backyard. And remember, styling your home for the holidays can also be expressed in the gifts wrapped under the tree, atmospheric lighting, food and choice of scents both inside and out. Enjoy the layering process of decorating and play with the idea that this classic blue and white style can evolve over many beautiful Christmases in your home.