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Bring some Christmas sparkle into your home with top decorating tips from the Command Brand Team at 3M

23 November 2011

This Christmas the trend is all about creating a sophisticated look with gold, silver and white.  The Command team of interior specialists have some fabulous hints and tips on how this can be easily be achieved using a little inspiration and imagination – and with no damage to walls or furniture.

The team makes use of 3M’s range of Command Products – a range of ingenious adhesive strips and hooks which allow home lovers to hang Christmas decorations, cards and wreaths without the hassle of nails, screws and tacks.  Perfect for temporary decorations, the hooks and strips can be removed cleanly and easily in January, once the festive season is over without leaving any unsightly marks.

A Golden Christmas Glow
There can be few greater pleasures at this time of year than gathering around the fireplace with the family in anticipation of a visit from Father Christmas.  Command interior expert and owner of home accessories company Velvet Brown, Hazel Ball has a range of tips on how you can create a festive focal point by transforming your mantelpiece into a winter wonderland.

Top tips for creating a beautiful Christmas mantelpiece

  • When decorating your fireplace for Christmas, stick to a theme of just one or two colours for better visual impact and drama
  • The essential piece for your fireplace is the garland, which can be fresh or artificial. You can use a blank artificial garland and add your own decorations such as cones or dried orange slices
  • If you are making a fresh garland for your fireplace for a special occasion it can be made several days in advance and then stored outside. The damp air of the winter months will keep it looking fresh
  • Use a range of candlesticks and holders to decorate your mantle. Try to find a mixture of different heights, sizes and styles but keep to your colour theme
  • Why not carry your decorative theme onto the wall surrounding the actual fireplace? Try placing decorative butterflies or snowflakes that are included in your garland onto the fireplace and the wall above the mantle. You can use Command Mini Hooks to mount these lightweight wall decorations and, best of all, once Christmas is over these will remove cleanly and easily leaving no marks so your walls are fresh for the New Year
  • If you are looking to hang a wreath then check the weight of it first and match it accordingly to the right Command product. The medium or large hooks are probably the best to use. You could always spray a green wreath white and add some of you own touches such berries, pine cones and twigs and spray those, too.  For the finishing touch, tie a white silk ribbon around the top to suspend it with.

A White Christmas
If you are planning a low key or romantic dinner for two, the dining table is a great place to show off your Christmas creativity and there are lots of beautiful accessories available to make it the perfect backdrop to your celebrations. Interior Designer, Pippa Jameson, shares her top tips on how to turn the room into a stunning festive setting:

Tips on creating a white Christmas table setting

  • Stick to white accessories where possible, but varying textures helps to create depth. Combine your tableware with elegant glassware and finish the look with some snowy white flowers - roses or hydrangeas are ideal
  • Select your Christmas decorations, including fairy lights, wreaths, card garlands and paper lanterns, all of which can be hung using the easy to apply, easy to remove Command Products from 3M
  • Command Decorating Clips are ideal for hanging your fairy lights.  The best places to hang them are on a wall, over a mirror or around a window frame
  • For your card garlands, place a Command Mini Hook at either end and for longer ones I would recommend placing another hook in the middle for extra support.  For a ‘white Christmas’ look choose cards that are either silver, white or black and white.

For extra inspiration, Pippa and Hazel have created two step by step video guides showing how to create the above looks.  To view these and other inspiring home transformations using Command Products from 3M please visit: www.facebook.com/inspiringtransformations

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