It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. At this time of the year, there’s an array of opportunities to add a little excitement to your home by introducing new special touches. Annie Sloan, a respected expert in paint and colour, shares how Scandinavian styled festive inspirations can transform your home this Christmas. Here’s what she had to say…
This year one of the looks I’m drawing inspiration from for Christmas is Scandinavian – a distinctly cool and charming look that is just perfect for the winter months.
There’s a gorgeous painterly finish that is prevalent throughout Scandinavian style, and I’m sure you all know, the very Scandinavian concept of ‘hygge’ has been popular for the past couple of years. What I’ve created is a lighter, airier version of this concept. You can, of course, try this look out with darker colours (try my Primer Red and Amsterdam Green if you want that classic red and green pairing) however the paring of Old White and Duck Egg Blue just sings Scandinavian to me!
Garlands and wreaths are a signature motif for this style, and they work all year round. Here I’ve created a modern looking wreath with just a couple of twigs, keeping the look minimal and painterly. I’ve paired them with pinecones that I’ve painted in the same colours and some fragrant eucalyptus and fresh pine to create a festive aroma too. I used birch here to create my wreath, it’s readily available and I found it very easy to forage. However you can use whatever branches you find as long as it is easy to bend.
All you need for this look is a few twigs, some floristry binding wire, scissors, a brush to paint your finished wreath and of course your chosen Chalk PaintÔ colours. To create my look, I chose Chalk Paint in Old White and Duck Egg, only using a small amount of each to cover the wreaths.
To make your Scandinavian wreaths, take your twigs and start to carefully bend them round to your desired shape. The thinner the twig the easier it is to bend so watch out for thicker ones as they are more brittle and more likely to snap! As you go along secure your twigs together with the binding wire to keep their shape. Once you’ve got your desired shape go round and secure any loose parts with some more wire. I removed any excess leaves and snipped off any ends that were sticking out to get more of a minimal, streamlined look.
Once you’re happy with your wreath it’s time to paint! You don’t need much paint to cover the wreath. I then went over with a damp flannel to give it more of a washed look. There is no need to wax with this piece as it will just be on the wall and out of the way.
Here you can see I’ve paired it with painted pinecones painted in Chalk Paint in Duck Egg Blue, Old White and Scandinavian Pink. You could also add subtle highlights of Gilding Wax in Bright Silver on the ends as a little nod to some sparkle for Christmas!
What inspires you when decorating your home at Christmas? Comment below.