Guest blog: Styling a Rustic Christmas by Samantha Theakstone

Samantha Theakstone, of Samantha Jane Decor, takes to the blog to talk us through how to achieve a rustic style in your home this Christmas.

For many of us, Christmas resembles the traditional red, green and white themed decorations and I am one that is a fan of this look. But how about adding a twist to your Christmas design theme and using one of this years trends, which is the Rustic look.

This style creates a more toned down and simple feel to all the glitter and tinsel of the traditional Christmas look by reducing the amount of bold reds and greens and introducing a palette of cooler tones and natural textures. But you can still have elements of metallic tones, just in small pieces to help the subtle additions rather than the star of the show.

This alternative Christmas look is one that does not need to cost the earth, it is more about using nature to create your feature pieces such as pine cones. Head out foraging with your family and collect a bundle of pine cones and these can then be sprayed gold or silver and used to create a stunning centre piece, simply by adding battery powered LED lights and sitting them within a glass vase.

Another option is to create simple star hanging decorations that can be created from wood or twigs collected on your foraging trip. Keep the texture of the bark for a more rustic element and if you are using twigs, bind them together with twine adding more texture to the fittings.

If you are unable to get out and about to start collecting these items many stores offer pre-made alternatives that can create the same look.

Bring in the Hygge feel to your Christmas dining tables with the rustic look by using low level lighting such as tealights and chunky candles along with the twinkle of the LED lights. It will help to bring a cosy and relaxed feel to your space.

Adding highlights of metallic colours such as gold or copper add a hint of luxury and create a contrast against a wooden table setting. The natural texture of the wooden dining table top, created in these images by upcycling a solid wood door gives a natural background for neutral tones of creams, pale grey linens and copper. To add an extra cosy feel, why not use throws on each of your chairs for guests to snuggle up with.

Using nature as your palette means that the green elements can come from your garden and a great excuse to bring the outside in. Using what you have or borrowing from the neighbour’s garden means that you can create table decorations such as candle arrangement, a simple garland and even bespoke table settings, such as place names made from leaves.

If foliage from the garden is not for you, then why not try using succulents. These add structural features and subtle green tones, they are also easy to maintain and if like me, you forget to water them during the festivities, they will still be happy. You can also dress the succulents up by adding some frosted look pinecones, or small baubles.

I hope that you all enjoy this alternative Christmas styling trend of a Rustic Christmas, and it would be great for you to share your own take on the Rustic look with Furnish Your Home.

Have a very Merry Christmas,

Samantha xx

Photo credit: Wendy Preston