Top Interior Trends for Christmas

PUBLISHED: 20:50 01 December 2013 | UPDATED: 20:51 01 December 2013

EXG DEC 13 TOP TRENDS

EXG DEC 13 TOP TRENDS

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Holly Eells speaks to three local experts to get some insider advice for your seasonal interiors

Top Trend: Big is Beautiful

Your dinning table is the centrepiece of your dining room, and never is this more the case than when entertaining family and friends over the Christmas period. Stuart Crockard, furniture supervisor at The Cooperative in Chelmsford, believes there is an art to choosing the dining table that is right for your home. ‘Take time to correctly measure the space you have (including room for chairs) and try to get the largest table which won’t dominate the room. Many tables have extensions so customers can have a normal size for everyday use, but have that extra flexibility for those special occasions.’ Stuart also reveals how there are many trends and styles to choose from. ‘Light oaks are still very popular this season, including the white and cream painted ranges, while warmer rich colours are starting to come back into fashion too. Erol products are a great example, as they are very modern, chestnut-coloured ranges, offering styles for both modern and traditional dinning furniture.’

Get In Touch:

Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society Ltd

220 Moulsham Street

Chelmsford

CM2 0LS

01245 490101

www.chelmsfordstar.coop

Top Trend: Fireside Fancies

When it comes to choosing which type of fire you will be hanging your stockings beside this Christmas, simplicity is key this season, according to Sam Cook, director at Colne Stoves in Earls Colne. ‘The preference of wood-burning stoves or an open fire has seen an increase in the last couple of months. Homeowners are picking less complicated products, such as plain openings with natural or neutral materials, combined with a chunky oak mantle or nothing at all. People also seem to prefer a wood-burning fire, as it’s more enjoyable to watch and it’s more accessible compared to gas. Sam adds: ‘A fireplace can really go anywhere in a home and people are fitting wood-burning stoves in their kitchens, bedrooms, conservatories and hallways. The most requested range is the Charwood C range, as these keep exceptionally clean when burning and offer outstanding efficiency. They are very adaptable as they suit any household style, from contemporary to traditional, and come in a variety of colours from black to almond.’

Get In Touch:

Colne Stoves

42, Halstead Road, Earls Colne, Colchester CO62NL

01787 222608

www.colnestoves.com

TOP TREND: DECK THE HALLS

THE Christmas season has arrived and it’s time for everyone to get into the festive spirit by decorating the home with the right holiday sparkle. Whether it’s decorating the Christmas tree or making homemade ornaments, it’s always an enjoyable part of the holiday season to appreciate with family and friends. Danielle Rumble, Perrywood Garden Centre’s visual display merchandiser in Tiptree, believes people always like traditional decorations, but other styles should be experimented with to add a bit of an edge. ‘Regal, vintage and traditional ranges are always a popular choice at this time of year. The Peacock theme is an unusually prominent look, with purple and gold teal colours making it very eye catching. The Midnight theme is new and it has the wow factor with the bright blue and silver tones.’

However, when it comes to complementing a room, Danielle explains that you should enhance existing features with simple touches. ‘Try and match existing room décor with similar coloured decorations. It also works better if you stick to one theme per room.’

Get In Touch

Perrywood Garden Centre

Kelvedon Road

Inworth

Tiptree

CO5 9SX

01376 570777

www.perrywood.co.uk

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