Deck the halls this year with a calming and natural Christmas style

Subdued greens and curvaceous, organic shapes create an understated natural Christmas style that is both relaxing and joyful

Deck the halls

For a modern interpretation of the traditionally bright and bold garland, wind strands of delicate foliage (olive branches look lovely) around handrails or curtain rods. A trail of thoughtfully wrapped gifts tied with sumptuous ribbons will also delight.

Paper trail

Cutting simple shapes from paper and threading them on to either fishing nylon or string and hanging somewhere unexpected, such as the kitchen, is an eco-friendly way to transform utilitarian spaces.

Simple pleasures

If you’re allergic to tinsel, take your festive decorations down a notch or two and go natural. Look around the garden and see what you’ve got to work with – not only is it an inexpensive way to decorate, Greta Thunberg would approve. For example, place sprigs of rosemary around the table at pre-Christmas gatherings.

Making easy garlands from repurposed paper is a great activity for kids, as is having them twist together strands of foliage you’ve gathered and finding imaginative places to suspend or thread them through. Don’t overdo it though, this pared-back Christmas decorating really is about less is more.

Style tip

A white colour palette punctuated with soft greens and natural wood is elevated with just a hint of gold from the cracker ribbons.


Natural romance

Hanging sprigs of mistletoe in doorways is a sweet touch, but it’s not easy to come by. Why not break with tradition and hang a branch from a bay tree or pōhutukawa?

Style tip

Keep your festive sprig tonal by tying it with a simple green ribbon (no bow needed) for effortless elegance.

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