Decorating your house and garden for Christmas is, let’s be honest, one of the most beautiful tasks of the year – together with thinking about gifts for your loved ones and other festive preparations. The days are getting shorter and colder, but we still manage to displace the darkness through lights, colours and decorations to make room for joy, harmony and festivities.
Finding the right tone can sometimes be a bit difficult, though. Too much decoration can quickly appear overwhelming, too little is quickly lost, and the wrong choice of motifs can turn everything into kitsch. So, how can you pick and choose when it comes to extending your festive flair into your garden in an elegant and tasteful way?
Let the lights speak for themselves
The right lighting is one of the most important things when it comes to Christmas decorations. After all, the hours of sunshine are short and the magic of the Christmas feeling only really unfolds when the sun goes down.
By now, there is a huge selection of different wind and weatherproof LED or solar-powered outdoor lights on the market, which can be used to focus on different areas of the garden without too much worrying about energy costs and maintenance. A small number of glow sticks or lamps can turn a hibernating flower bed into a sea of lights, and trees (especially evergreens) can be transformed into gigantic eye-catchers with the help of light nets.
There are also more subtle solutions, such as short chains of lights on trees, which can be transformed into hanging, luminous blossoms like those of a weeping willow, creating dreamlike festive hotspots. If you don’t want to take the time or hassle to install the fairy lights, laser projectors are fantastic-looking and magical alternatives with an easy setup.
Cherry-pick your highlights
Sometimes, less is more – the same goes for Christmas decorations. Focusing on a centrepiece or two and emphasizing them is more than enough for the average-sized garden. For open lawns or under trees, there are wonderfully natural and illuminated reindeer figures made of rattan.
Front garden fences can be decorated with fir branch garlands with Christmas baubles and beautifully decorated bird feeding stations which can also help the local winged population on top of looking just fabulous.
What to prioritise?
It is also important to know what to prioritise. For example, if paths or stairs are to be highlighted, permanent and bright light sources (preferably pure white) are best, while accents can be warm white or coloured. For all purchases, please note and make sure that all decorations used – especially electrical ones – are specifically marked for outdoor use to avoid accidents, short circuits and breakage due to the cold and wet weather of the winter.