IT'S that time of the year again when homes are adorned with Christmas decorations. If one were to listen the Philippine Institute of Interior Design (PIID), there is more to Christmas decorations than merely putting them anywhere in the house.
It brought together some of the eminent interior designers who offered their inputs on how to make these items make the home truly capture the Yuletide spirit.
Christmas trees are perennial fixtures during the holidays. The members of PIID show how to make a Christmas tree more attractive to give out the holiday spirit rather than just be plain and installed out of tradition. IDr. Jennifer Oledan-Serrano took a Christmas tree and festooned it with pink, white, gold and red balls and ribbons that blend with the surroundings of the house rather than stick out like a proverbial sore thumb. What homeowners need to understand is to first analyze the surroundings in determining where to put the Christmas tree. It is recommended that it be positioned at the corner of the house where there are plants or brightly-colored curtains or at the landing of a staircase for multi-story homes.
For a Filipino vibe, as well as going organic, IDr. Jan Rey Joting of the PIID, Panay Chapter showed a large Christmas tree in the foyer area with the lights inside and wrapping with translucent material instead of using leaves. It is then decorated with ribbons and natural materials like abaca. It can be topped with a star made of Capiz.
Usually, people decorate to make something attractive, but there are also those who go beyond aesthetics and give it an emotional component.
In the case of IDr. Ethel Datu-Sariola, PIID board director, she added black, white and gold to a Christmas tree. Black is not a typical Christmas color but adding contrasting colors carries both tradition and modernity with equal grace. The idea is to let the colors bleed into the furniture or accessories, thereby strengthening the colors.
She would rehash the decors around the tree by painting vibrant colors. She made use of available items in the house by adding toys from her daughter and even cement decors from her wedding to further enhance the Christmas theme. More than just decorating a Christmas tree for aesthetics, Datu-Sariola added items that represent stages in her life – her wedding and having a baby this giving it a sentimental meaning to her celebration of Christmas.
This also what IDr. Abigail Gubat did to her Christmas tree. She added some of her favorite things from her youth like a Disney Princess, a Hello Kitty figurine and small souvenirs from her travels abroad to give it a more personal touch and uniqueness.
The belen (Nativity Scene) is another typical Christmas décor. IDr. Lady Mayo placed it in the middle of the living room on top of a coffee table. The throw pillows in the surrounding furniture have red and white pillow cases along with some green plants that provides a festive mood inside the house.
For smaller belen images, Oledan-Serrano places ceramic images on a side table and adorned it with a combination Christmas lights, candles and some greenery.
In the dining room, she enhanced the table by adding reds and greens – candles, plants and ribbons and adding a lantern for a festive mood as families have their dinner or noche buena come December 24.
A Christmas wreath is perhaps one décor that can be displayed even after the holiday season is over. The adornment the wreath can be changed to suit the occasion. For Christmas, greens and reds are a must. Such a décor provides a warm and welcome feeling to those who come to visit.
Another décor that can be glammed are flowers. Besides the green leaves, a touch of red and pink flowers and ribbons is added for warmth.
The PIID recommends that Christmas decors be properly stored when the it is time to put them away after the holidays. They should be placed in the boxes they came with or use a sturdier storage box (not the typical cardboard box) to protect it from the elements and vermin. These decors can be used once again and these can be further enhanced to give a fresher look year after year.