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The NDA shares their alternative Christmas Tree ideas
An alternative Christmas tree

Whether you prefer a real tree or go faux each year, we continue our Christmas Countdown sharing some of our favourite alternative Christmas tree ideas to help you to transform your interior and to inspire your decorating this Christmas. 

Alternative Christmas Tree Ideas

It’s that time of the year when we all rummage around in the loft looking for that box we have pushed to the back. This box contains an old, tired Christmas tree that only gets to see the light of day once a year. Not everyone wants a real tree; they can be messy and affect certain allergies.

However this does not mean that the tree, real or not, has to be the same as last year. This will hopefully give you some ideas if you are looking to decorate this year in a new and interesting way. Christmas can be expensive, so taking this into account; you might have something lying around that can help…

NDA's alternative Christmas Tree ideas and inspiration: For lovers of literature, create a Christmas tree out of books

The above might not to be everyone’s taste however this is an interesting way to use objects you might already have in your house to create an interesting feature this Christmas. Why not dust off those old books you have stacked on the shelves, arrange them to look like a tree and brighten them up with the use of fairy lights. As you can see from the images above you can still add some of the decorations you have, and why not consider adding a star to the top to finish the look off?

NDA's alternative Christmas Tree ideas and inspiration: For the eco-concious, create a Christmas tree out of bottles

For the more eco-conscious among you, how about using some of those empty bottles to create this impressive structure? This may be more suitable for an outside space and would definitely give the neighbours something to talk about. Here green glass bottles encompass the Christmas lights so they shine through to give the outside space of this pub a festive feel. Still not convinced? Below are a few more ideas which can be created on a budget, which might be more appropriate this Christmas.

NDA's alternative Christmas Tree ideas and inspiration: For the creative, create a Christmas tree out of wall decals or hanging baubles.

If you are struggling for space this year but still want to get some decorations up, how about taking some inspiration from the wall art above. Transfer stickers are great this time of year, because once Christmas is over you do not have to spend too much time taking down all those decorations, instead the sticker can be peeled right off.

Not only could this be used as an alternative to a real tree, it would also look great in a child’s bedroom, without making any of the mess. You do not have to stick to a 2D design, by using some hooks and a bit of string you could create your own wall art, hanging some of your own decorations in the shape of a tree.

NDA's alternative Christmas Tree ideas and inspiration: For the creative, create a Christmas tree out of minimalistic twig and bauble decorations

Overly decorated trees, tinsel and fairy lights, might not suit everybody’s styles so how about creating a more minimal feature this Christmas. Branches found in local parks or plants you already have in your house or garden could be given new life this season, and again is a great way so creating a feature without all the cost. Not only could this be used to create an alternative Christmas tree but it might also give you some ideas when it comes to decorating your Christmas table.

Hopefully we have given you some ideas that you can use this Christmas, so why not spend this weekend creating something new, rather than spending all day in a dark cupboard searching for angels who have lost a wing?

References

Small Book Tree [2011] Jill Pantozzi. Available from: http://www.themarysue.com/12-christmas-trees-made-out-of-books/

Large Book Tree [unknown] The Family Sponge. Available from: http://familysponge.com/create/artdiy/christmas-tree-made-from-books/

Bottle Tree [2012] Rupert Millar. Available from: https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2012/12/glenfiddich-creates-bottle-christmas-tree/

Tree Transfer [unknown] Wall in Dec. Available from:

Wall Art [2013] Hank & Hut. Available from:

Christmas Plant [unknown] Hilldale House. Available from: https://hilldalehouse.wordpress.com/2012/01/13/bare-minimum-christmas-tree/christmas-tree/

Christmas Table [2009] FP Julia. Available from:

Hallway Flooring Ideas

We share our favourite hallway flooring ideas to help you to transform your hallway space.

Hallways are spaces in our homes that are often neglected and usually the last room to be decorated. Yet they are the first thing we see as we walk through the door and the last thing we remember when we leave the house. How does the saying go ‘first impressions last.’ We share our top flooring picks to help transform your hallway space.

They can be seen as long dark corridors, lacking natural light, linking us to the more exciting rooms in our home. They are generally used as a dumping area for shoes, coats and bags, well not anymore! Christmas is only around the corner so now is the time to give our hallways a well-deserved treat by introducing an injection of colour and pattern, starting with the floor.

Flooring more often than not needs to be hard wearing and practical to accommodate heavy foot fall but this doesn’t mean it has to be boring. A warm oak wood flooring can be dressed with a colourful patterned rug, there are a great selection from online retailers at the moment. We found a great selection of floral medallion rugs here.

In the image below you can see how the inside of the front door has been painted in a matching colour to the beautiful Alhambra Floral Medallion Rug by Surya which draws the eye to the end of the hallway.

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Whilst horizontal striped rugs work well in long narrow spaces as these tend to give the illusion of these being much wider. Choose a bright stripe to draw the eye and brighten up the space in an instant.

Hallway flooring ideas. HOUSE OF TURQUOISE (2014) striped rug. horizontal striped rugs work well in long narrow spaces giving the illusion of a much wider space.                                         1/2/3/4/5/6

Tiles used on the floor can create a beautiful decorative effect by introducing colours as well as patterns. In this image you can see how blue and green Moroccan tiles have created a real focal point in this hallway. The wall and staircase have been painted white drawing attention immediately to the floor.

Hallway flooring ideas. AUTOMATISM (2010) Moroccan tiles. Create a focal point in a hallway with blue and green Moroccan tiles                                                                              1/2/3/4/5/6/7

Or take a collection of mis-matched vintage tiles and create you own striking version of a Victorian Minton tiled floor instead, mixing in vintage tiles for an authentic look.

Hallway flooring ideas; FABULOS (2012) vintage tiles. Create you own striking hallway with mis-matched vintage tiles to recreate a Victorian Minton tiled floor.                1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10

In the image below each of the stair risers have been covered with different patterned tiles which naturally draws your eye towards the top of the stairs. The warm honey coloured tones of the wood flooring can be picked out in these tiles. Best tile do a beautiful range of Moroccan cement tiles, or try Ebay for a great range of vintage Moroccan style tiles.

Hallway flooring ideas. HOUZ(N/D) tiled Spanish stair risers cover the stairs, use different patterned tiles to draw the eye towards the top of the stairs. The warm honey coloured tones of the wood flooring can be picked out in these tiles.                                               1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12

Or if tiling isn’t an option, we found a great range of patchwork, tile effect rugs that could be used in a hallway or at the bottom of the stairs to recreate the look instantly.

Moroccan mosaic tiling style rug. Hallway Flooring ideas to transform your interior.                                         1/2/3/4/5/6

Instead of tiling stairways, a more economical method which will achieve a similar effect is to use a combination of different Moroccan stencils but use the same colour, or save off cuts of wallpaper and mix colours and patterns to create an eye catching staircase like the yellow one below.

Buying whole rolls of wallpaper may be expensive, but most retailers offer generous free samples or charge a small fee to post out several samples.

Hallway flooring ideas. THE STYLE FILES (2011) Create a stenciled stair risers by using a combination of different stencils but use the same colour, or save off cuts of wallpaper and mix colours and patterns to create an eye catching staircase.                                         1/2/3/4/5/6/7

Or if tiling your stairs isn’t within your budget, create the same look with a statement, bright runner or large rug at the bottom of your stairs.

Hallway flooring ideas. If tiling your stairs isn't an option then use a statement rug instead.                                           1/2/3/4/5

This look is very versatile and can either be achieved on a budget with off cuts and wallpaper paste, or choose PVC backed re-usable wallpaper if you fancy investing in the look. Choose complimentary colours, patterns and prints in repeat to create a unified look.

Hallway flooring ideas. PHOTOBUCKET (N/D) wallpaper risers. Create a stenciled stair risers by using a combination of different stencils but use the same colour, or save off cuts of wallpaper and mix colours and patterns to create an eye catching staircase.                                                        1/2/3/4/5/6/7

Floors boards are also really versatile and look great stripped, stained or painted. In the image below you can see how the hall and landing have been painted white to reflect light and maximise height. Whilst the colourful stair runner adds a fun element to this traditional looking space.

Hallway flooring ideas LOVE CHIC LIVING (2013) A striped stair runner teamed with a muted, white painted hall and landing that reflects light and maximise height. Whilst the colourful runner adds a fun element to this traditional space.                                                   1/2/3/4/5/6/7

Or in the hallway below, an achromatic colour scheme has successfully been achieved in this hallway by staining the floor black. To achieved a balanced look, the hand rail has been stained the same colour and pictures in dark frames have been added to the wall drawing your eye towards the top of the stairs.

Hallway flooring ideas. HIGH STREET MARKET (2011) Monochromatic hallway. The achromatic colour scheme in this hallway has been successfully done by staining the floor black, and keeping the scheme balanced by painting the banister black to match and adding pictures in dark frames to draw the eye towards the top of the stairs.

We hope this has given you inspiration for your hallway. What’s your favourite hallway flooring look?

References:

HOUSE OF TURQUOISE (2014) patterned rug [Online Image] Available from:

http://www.houseofturquoise.com/2014/11/highland-custom-homes.html [Accessed: 17.03.2015]

HOUSE OF TURQUOISE (2014) striped rug [Online Image] Available from:

http://www.houseofturquoise.com/search/label/Hallway?updated-max=2010-06-28T09:20:00-05:00&max-results=20 [Accessed: 17.03.15]

AUTOMATISM (2010) Moroccan tiles [Online Image] Available from:

http://lorilangille.blogspot.co.uk/2010/11/vintage-loveliness.htm  [Accessed: 17.03.2015]

FABULOS (2012) vintage tiles [Online Image] Available from: http://fabkeramik.blogspot.se/2012/06/fredagsmyset.html?m=1 [Accessed: 17.03.2015]

HOUZ(N/D) tiled risers [Online Image] Available from:

http://www.houzz.com/photos/staircase/spanish [Accessed: 17.03.2015]

THE STYLE FILES (2011) stencil pattern [Online Image] Available from:

http://style-files.com/2011/01/21/moroccan-stencil-staircase [Accessed: 17.03.2015]

PHOTOBUCKET (N/D) wall paper risers [Online Image] Available from:

[Accessed: 17.03.2015]

LOVE CHIC LIVING (2013) striped stair runner [Online Image] Available from:

http://lovechicliving.co.uk/wood-versus-carpet-the-big-flooring-debate  [Accessed: 17.03.2015]

HIGH STREET MARKET (2011) Monochromatic hallway [Online Image] Available from:  http://highstreetmarket.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/inspired-by-chris-barrett-design.html [Accessed: 17.03.2015]