Category Archives: Home Decorating

Five of the Best: Christmas Tree Skirts

In the old days, a simple bucket would have sufficed…or presents and/or the bottom branches of your tree would have been seen as enough disguise for the base of your tree. Nowadays, though, we have the tree skirt: whether it’s a wrap-around piece of fabric or a bucket-like er…bucket cover, its sole purpose is to make the bottom of your Christmas tree look as fabulous as every other detail of your festive decor. Here, we choose our five favourites – each of them available now from the best online retailers.John Lewis Mitsuko Galvanised Tree Skirt in Copper

Galvanised Tree Skirt in Copper – £30, Mitsuko

It’s a metal that’s been pretty much ubiquitous all year and is still huge in interior design, so we had to ensure that copper made an appearance in our choices! Mitsuko’s copper tree skirt is made from galvanised metal and will make the base of your tree look sleek while adding warm tones to your room. If you like the look but would prefer a different colour, a silver-coloured version is also available (also for £30).Light Grey Faux Fur Tree Skirt by M&S

Silver Grey Faux Fur Tree Skirt – £39.50, M&S

Our next exhibit is so soft and snuggly that we’re pretty sure it’ll double as a shrug should your shoulders feel a little bare when you’ve put your party frock on! Still, first and foremost this stylish item is a faux fur tree skirt from M&S, which wraps around the base of your tree and fastens on one side with two ribbon ties. It’ll add a wintry and luxurious look to the bottom of your tree.

Wilko Hessian Tree Skirt in Grey

Hessian Tree Skirt Grey – £10, Wilko

You can always rely on Wilko to come up with a stylish and practical solution for a bargain price, and this grey hessian tree skirt hasn’t let us down. The rustic-look container consists of four hessian boards that are joined at the corners with rope ties. Looking every bit as elegant as its more expensive counterparts, this simple piece can be part of your Christmas decor for a mere ten quid!Santas Belt LED Tree Skirt

Santa’s Belt LED Tree Skirt – £19, Premier

Don’t forget: Christmas trees enjoy fancy dress too! Let your festive centrepiece enjoy the fun and deck it out in this santa’s belt tree skirt from Premier. It has a metal frame that easily folds away for storage, and has a finish of shiny red, silver and black tinsel in the style of Father Christmas’s famous rotund torso. As if that wasn’t enough, the belt is illuminated by eight function sequence LEDs!Santas Belt LED Tree Skirt

Rattan Circular Christmas Tree Skirt – £24.99, Very.co.uk

Very’s Christmas tree skirt is already a bestseller and it’s not hard to see why – at a generous 57cm in diameter, it has a rustic, natural rattan finish and is a super-easy way of disguising the base of your tree…whether it’s an ugly plastic stand or an equally unphotogenic bucket. This timeless woven piece is selling at some speed, so make sure you snap yours up now while stocks last!

Five of the Best: Copper Geo Wallpapers

After years in the wilderness, copper has – quite deservedly – become hugely popular in this past couple of years, and there’s no need to limit it to your kitchen implements! A wide range of wallpapers with copper accents are available – and each of them will add warm tones to any living environment. Today, we present our five favourite currently-available geometric wallpapers with copper highlights.

Arthouse Rio Geo Wallpaper in Copper
Rio Geo Wallpaper in Copper – £14.99, Arthouse

Oozing modern elegance and sophistication, but definitely with a retro edge, this Rio wallpaper from Arthouse will add a bit of shine to your walls. It features a pattern made up from interlocking stars, outlined in glistening and glittery raised copper highlights. Perfect for a feature wall, yet not so in-your-face that it wouldn’t work if covering a whole room, it’s also available in a natural colour.

B&Q Colours Mosaic Copper Navy Pewter Geometric Metallic Wallpaper

Colours Mosaic Copper Navy Pewter Geometric Metallic Wallpaper – £16, B&Q

The sheen in our next choice comes from both pewter and copper-coloured triangles that sit alongside navy and natural-coloured triangles to form this gorgeous mosaic wallpaper from B&Q’s Colours range. The paper utilises ‘paste-the-wall’ technology, ensuring it’s both easy to hang and remove, and it’s also available in more subdued Valiant Grey and Loki (monochrome triangles with a ‘sketched’ texture) versions.

Erica Wakerly Copper Capsule Fan Geometric Wallpaper Lead Grey

Copper Capsule Fan Geometric Wallpaper Lead Grey – £89, Erica Wakerly

We love Erica Wakerly’s Copper Capsule wallpaper collection, from which this fabulous Fan geometric wallpaper is taken. It features an oriental-inspired pattern of ‘fans’, each of which consists of a series of lines meeting at a central point and overlapping the others. This version is rose gold against lead grey, but versions are available in everything from red on white to metallic gold on zinc grey.

Graham & Brown Taupe & Copper Boutique Trifina Geo Wallpaper

Taupe & Copper Boutique Trifina Geo Wallpaper – £15.99 (was £18.19), Graham & Brown

‘Trifina’ means ‘fun’ in Greek (or ‘delicate’ or even ‘delicious’, depending on your dictionary) and Graham & Brown’s wallpaper aims to live up to that with its retro-inspired geometric design which consists of a series of diamond shapes in white and grey (with copper accents) put together to form an almost three-dimensional effect. This paper is also of the ‘paste the wall’ variety for super-quick decorating.

Designers Guild Pisani Wallpaper in Copper - P603/02

Pisani Wallpaper in Copper – £82, Designers’ Guild

We finish our selection with this super-classy Pisani wallpaper from Designers’ Guild, which will add brightness and style to any room. It sets an abstract trellis motif in a geometric design against a white background and will provide a fine backdrop to virtually any furniture – though versions are available in gold-on-black or silver-on-white if that’ll fit in more with your interior decor scheme.