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Inside Out Christmas Styling - metallics

Christmas Styling: 3 Non-Traditional Schemes You’ll Love

‘No’ is the answer you give when you hear people ask “Isn’t it too early to start talking about Christmas?”. As far as I’m concerned, we can start discussing the next Christmas on Boxing Day – that’s how in love with the festive season I am. I adore nothing more than seeing the stores setting up displays in September. Why wait that long, actually?!

The team at Inside Out no doubt share my love for the silly season, with their November issue showcasing three Christmas styling ideas that are sure to get your heart racing, too!

Take a gander at the three colour schemes below and let me know which is your fave!

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You’ll notice the colour schemes feature none of the typical bells and whistles you expect from Christmas. It was a deliberate move when styling this shoot, says Inside Out Market Editor Joseph Gardner.

“The traditional red-and-green palette has been pretty overused, so we wanted to move away from that,” he says. “You can see that we’ve drawn on the shine of metallics, the subtlety of layering white on white, and the fun pop of colour you get from softer neon brights.”

Personally, I can’t get enough of the metallic story that’s taking place at the top of this post. It’s so on trend right now that I can barely stand it. I love the mixing of bronze, gold and silver tones, as well as grounding the look with a good dose of black. It fights against everything you think of when you envision Christmas, which is what makes it so bang-on brilliant!

Inside Out Christmas Styling by Joseph Gardener

I also couldn’t help but show you the amazing lighting styling above. I want that ‘Joy’ lettering for my living room this Christmas. It’s going to resemble the Opera House this year I think!

Which of the looks is your fave? Or are you not a fan of any of them? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below as to what colour scheme you’re going to use this year. Do you change up your wrapping each year or stick to a tried and true aesthetic? So many questions! Let me know what you think below 🙂

The November issue of Inside Out hits stands tomorrow, Thursday 23 October.

Photo credits:
Wrapping styling by Jessica Hanson & Joseph Gardner. Photography by Anna Pogossova.
Lights styling by Joseph Gardner. Photography by Guy Bailey.


Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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