Get cosy this Christmas with a country scheme

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  • Let simple country style inspire your Christmas celebrations this year

    Creating the right mood for a relaxing, classic Christmas can be easy if you use the right ingredients. To conjure up a festive scheme that’s soothing yet magical, keep brightly coloured baubles, bold wrapping paper and kitsch ornaments packed away, and stick to simple style.

    Combine elegant decorations in gleaming gold, fresh greenery and candlelight to make your home feel calm and welcoming. Nothing beats the evocative smell of pine trees and eucalyptus, so make the most of nature’s bounty and include a real tree, fresh foliage and mistletoe in your scheme.

    Turn your hallway from functional to festive by hanging star lanterns, grouping candlesticks and dressing it with foliage.

    Use matt, muted tones for decorations, giftwrap and ribbon – try old gold with chocolate or pewter and dusky rose.

    Put biscuits or ornaments in glass cloches for upscale style. Decorate with fresh flowers – white blooms look particularly striking alongside winter greenery.

    This isn’t the look for tons of tinsel or Santa pictures. Instead, opt for subtle country motifs, such as hearts and stars.

    Give a neutral scheme a festive feel with metallics – think silver candlesticks and mercurised-glass tealight holders.

    Use battery-powered fairy lights to highlight displays on consoles or around mirrors.

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