TC: Extravagant or understated?
FF: Always understated, but use the elements you do have effectively. With a garland, for example, drape it carefully across your fireplace and add a second type of pine to vary the texture.
TC: Tonal minimalism or bright, bold and varied?
FF: Tonal minimalism. I want a room to look considered and aligned. If you want to incorporate colour, avoid bright red and explore rich burgundies or deep navies with silver or gold instead. Keep colours tonal, minimal and stylish.
TC: Traditional or modern and alternative?
FF: I honestly think it’s a combination of the two. I don’t think either is appealing on its own. You want the beauty of a traditional aesthetic but modernised in your way. I would also suggest avoiding plastic decorations and opting for natural materials instead.
TC: How much is too much?
FF: The more important question is, does it work with your space? You want your decor to be harmonious with your home rather than look like it’s taking over. Equally, if you love an ‘over the top’ aesthetic, you should do that. You want your decorations to complement your existing interiors and current aesthetic.
TC: To tinsel or not to tinsel?
FF: Only if done tastefully! However, it’s not my preferred option from a sustainability perspective. If used, I would opt for the thinner, almost dripping tinsel rather than the chunky version, as it looks more elegant and in one colour rather than multiple.