Walls: Strong White No.2001; Fireplace: Purbeck Stone No.275 | Image: @ivy_cottage_country_living_
Festive feeling isn’t all paper chains and well-trimmed trees. It’s toasting your toes by the fire after a frosty stroll. It’s the twilight walk home up the garden path. It’s floury worktops and the scent of gingerbread in the kitchen.
Whatever form your festive memory-making takes, we’ve got the ideas (and the colours) to help you give them the backdrop they deserve.
Common themes include calming neutrals, shades of green and jewel-like pops of colour. But if these user-submitted looks have taught us anything, it’s this: a home for the holidays is whatever you want it to be.
Studio Green Living Room
If, like @agardenonmerciagrove, you’re one for bright baubles and jewel-toned decorations, go for a wall colour that’ll really make them pop.
Studio Green is just shy of black – a deep, dark, intense shade that feels cosy under candlelight and steps back to let festive styling shine.
Bone and Off-Black Fireplace
Bone walls and woodwork create a sophisticated neutral backdrop in this living room by @onarchdesign.
This colour’s subtle green undertone works for all kinds of seasonal décor, but we’re sure you’ll agree – it looks especially at home next to winter evergreens.
An Off-Black fire surround, meanwhile, adds just a hint of the richness and depth we tend to crave at this time of year.
Mizzle Front Door
How inviting is this festive front door by @all.thats.pretty?
Beneath its adorable wreath and garlands of greenery, it’s been treated to a lick of Mizzle Exterior Eggshell – a welcome sight for guests and carollers alike.
Like Bone, Mizzle’s green undertone means that it looks at home among all sorts of foliage, making it a year-round winner for exterior woodwork.
Charleston Gray Bathroom
That’s right, bathrooms can be festive too! Pack a bath tray with spice-scented candles and a cup of something warming, and you’ve got yourself a thoroughly seasonal soak.
Extra points, of course, for a sophisticated palette like this one by @ahomefitforkings. The Charleston Gray cladding and Paean Black bathtub look great year-round, but the slight sheen of their Modern Eggshell finish really comes to life under candlelight.
De Nimes Hallway
Scandi decorating doesn’t have to mean sticking with whites and greys. Just see @designermumetc’s entryway for proof.
This cosy look has all the hygge hallmarks that we’ve come to know and love, like natural wood, foraged greenery and twinkling lights.
What sets it apart is its De Nimes feature wall and matching woodwork, which give some welcome contrast and grounding to the delicate decorations.
Rangwali Front Door
Red and green who? When it comes to non-traditional festive palettes, we’re all about this bright pink setup.
It’s tough to say what we love most: @franknewbold’s fabulous wreath, or the vibrant Rangwali underneath it.
Our top tip for bringing jewel tones to your home this party season? Really go for it and pair bold with bold, like this Rangwali door with its luxe black trim.
Pigeon Living Room
If @elle_the_home_bird’s living room has taught us anything, it’s that pink and green are a winning combination at any time of the year.
Don’t have a pink armchair or armfuls of hellebore on hand? Pair your Pigeon with accents of a soft pink like Setting Plaster, either on remaining walls, woodwork, or a piece of furniture.
Arsenic Chimney Breast
If you’re looking for something a little more ‘nice and bright’ than ‘Silent Night’, take a leaf out of @eddieross’ book.
His minty mantel has been lavished with our water-based eggshell in the colour Arsenic, a vivid green-blue that contrasts beautifully with the peachy tones of the wall art above and brick fireplace below.
There’s more where those came from
Our Inspiration site is bursting with bright ideas for all rooms and surfaces. Pay it a visit and borrow some tips (or some whole looks!) from other Farrow & Ball users.GET INSPIRED