With our HQ situated within the cosy village of Holmfirth, it’s no secret that the Applegate Properties estate agent team loves a cosy country residency. And what better time to amplify the rustic and slightly eclectic vibe than during the Christmas season?
If you’re looking for tips to help create a welcoming rural feeling, and maximise your style over the coming weeks, you’re in the right place. Just keep reading…
1. Create a DIY advent calendar
Alternative advent calendars are all the rage for those looking to keep festive decor in-keeping with a particular theme.
For the perfect rustic style to suit your country home, attach hooks to a wooden panel back board, and hang small hessian sacks filled with goodies on each.
If you don’t want to leave the board looking empty as the month goes on, there’s always the option to add other Christmas homeware in place of the advent gifts – like baubles or sparkly green foliage.
2. Embrace the plaid
Nothing says ‘farmhouse holiday season’ like some careful bursts of plaid around the home – from classic red and green, to more contemporary neutrals.
Look at tasteful ways to incorporate things like stockings, cushions, baubles, and table runners with this design to give your space a simple – yet effective – Christmas makeover.
3. Incorporate nature on the staircase
It can be difficult knowing how to spruce up areas of your home where there’s perhaps not as much room to work with.
Wrapping seasonal garlands around your banister is an elegant way to keep the decor running seamlessly from one part of the property to the next.
And, by incorporating thick, chunky ribbons and pinecones, as well as festive wooden shapes like stars and snowflakes, you can upgrade it to feel even more country and cosy – bringing the outdoors in.
4. Add a wicker Christmas tree skirt
They say design is in the detail, and that’s no different when it comes to dressing your Christmas tree.
If you’re going to all the trouble of decorating a beautiful shrub, you may as well make sure every element looks as complete as possible. And wicker tree skirts are the perfect finishing touch, ensuring the base – whether wooden, plastic, or metal – is neatly hidden away.
Not only this, but the woven material is a great way to make your space look more rustic and homely, too.
5. Add warmth with candles
While having a big open fire in an open living space is a dream for many homeowners, the constant financial flux facing the UK means this isn’t always feasible.
Instead, candles are a Holy Grail to amplify décor over the festive season. As well as adding a cosy, homely feel, dotting different additions around the house is excellent for some seasonal scenting. Think cinnamon, mulled wine, and dried orange spice aromas filling up every room.