Gone are the days of throwing a few strips of tinsel onto a fake Christmas tree and declaring the house decorated; from indoor decor to outdoor lighting, preparing your home – and yourself – for the festive season can seem like a daunting task.

Do you go traditional green and red or do you flip Christmas on its head and go with a contemporary monochromatic look? Or do you go with something entirely different and opt for electric blues and deep purples?


We have no idea – but colour expert and guru Wendy Greenhalf does.

Our resident expert has given us the lowdown on four super simple ways to make sure your house is suitably prepared for any drinks, dinners or cocktail parties you throw at it.

Monochrome Christmas

If you’re keen for an edgy, sophisticated, modern look, Wendy recommends a monochrome Christmas.


That means trading your traditional evergreen wreath for a twig version in natural wood, or bunching eucalyptus together and spray painting it in black or white.

And if you’re really daring, you can stretch that colour palette to the main accessory with a white Christmas tree.

“If black and white seems too harsh for Christmas, add in natural woods through decorations, presents wrapped in brown paper and introduce small accents of gold in candle holders, decorations or tableware,” adds Wendy.

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Tribal Boho

Christmas is all about a good time, right? So why not extend that thought process to your decor, with bright splashes of magenta, emerald green, teals, yellows and blues?

“Have fun with a Christmas tree that is bursting with greenery and create that bohemian look by hanging decorations of tassels, pom pom garlands and woven stars in a mix of different colours to give you that true eclectic tribal boho look,” Wendy says.

“Wrap presents in bright colours of different print and patterned papers with contrasting ribbon.”

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rustic country

If you’re going to go for a rustic country Christmas, there’s one, major rule: Get a real tree!

“Start with a neutral base of earthy browns, stones and ochre colours with accents of burnt rusty reds soft sage greens and dusty yellows all greyed off muted colours,” Wendy explains.

“Then introduce colour through fresh flowers in soft pinks accompanied with branches filled with gum nuts.”

Keep your linens natural and in neutral colours, using string and ropes to tie place names or around glasses, and look for galvanised or rusted individual letters to spell out classic Christmas phrases like “Joy”, “Peace” and “Love”.

The best part about plumping for a rustic country Christmas? The smell of that tree!


“If your style is all about glitter and gloss, then glam is for you!” Wendy says. “Getting the right mix of textures and matte colours mixed with glossy accents will help you get this look right.”

Our resident expert recommends looking for “rich matte tones of burgundy and peacock blue” teamed with shiny metallics in copper and gold to really make your home pop.

Swap out last year’s baubles for mirrored versions and get your hands on as many glittery tree hangings as you possibly can; less is NOT more when it comes to glam.

For the final touch, scatter sparkling jewels and gemstones in the corners of the room, then crack open a bottle of bubbles and enjoy your glittery new winter wonderland.


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Wendy Greenhalf is a qualified colour designer, certified Colortime® image consultant and is currently the general manager of the International School of Colour and Design (ISCD). If you’re interested in a career in design, check out ISCD for a course to design your world.

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