Top Tips to Freshen and Brighten Your Home Post Christmas!

With Christmas over the home can look bare and dull but do not despair as, interior designer and consultant for The Shorelands at Hartley Hall show home, Jude Burrows is on hand with interior design tips that will help you with the post-Christmas blues and that long haul to brighter evenings.

“No matter how much we love the festive season and all its glitz and bling, we all reach that point where we are sick of the clutter and desperate for a refresh. So when all the decorations are down, the tree is in the wood burner and the cards are off for recycling what do we do with all the space? It can feel a tad barren, particularly because we are still in the depths of darkest winter! We have at least another two months before we can think about spring and all that entails. But fear not! With these styling tips we can make the most of the dark months.


Those pretty fairy lights and candles are not just for Christmas! A string of lights inside a pretty jar, draped through foliage or wrapped around cluster of tea light holders looks sweet all year round. Create a centre piece with sparkly lights or decorate mantelpieces and windowsills with these and you can light up your darkest days!


We all aspire to get outdoors more after the indulgences of Christmas so why not bring the outside in? On your forest rambles and beach walks be on the hunt for interesting artefacts. Pine cones, branches, leaves, shells, pebbles and driftwood – they all make for gorgeous (and free!) ornaments. Pile them in tall vases, arrange them on trays. Add glitter or go ‘au naturelle.’


Go to town on plants. Succulents and cacti are big – stand them alone or group them together. Arranged with moss and tiny lights these can be sweet centrepieces. Christmas cacti are in flower right now – their dark pink blooms are lush and brighten the darkest corner. Place tall, broad leaved plants where the Christmas tree used to stand to fill that empty corner.


I loved my Christmas wreath last year so much that it stayed on the inside of my door for a long time! It was made from beautiful branches and berries, fir cones and freeze dried roses so was too beautiful to ditch after only a month. Your front door can look bereft once the wreath has gone so why not treat yourself to some new planters to add a splash of colour? Visit your local garden centre for inspiration – there are plenty of leafy plants and berries in all shades available at this time of year. You could even add twinkly lights.


Need I remind you again – it is still winter! How about some new cosy throws and cushions to lift that sofa? They instantly revive even the most tired looking sofa, adding colour and texture, and they are great for snuggling in too!”

Check out Jude’s handiwork at the beautiful new show home at The Shorelands at Hartley Hall.  The show home will re-open from Sunday 8th January and every following Sunday from 2-4pm. For full details or to arrange a private viewing and site visit please contact agents Simon Brien Residential on 028 9066 8888.