Yes, after all the anticipation and excitement that was Christmas, it’s now that lull, when the decorations have been taken down and packed away until next year. Even among those of us who adore every moment of the festivities, there’s nevertheless a quiet sigh of relief as life gets back to normal. ‘I’ve got my rooms back,’ is a common refrain.
While all of that is true, there’s also a slight feeling that something’s missing. We may have our living room or hallway back, but suddenly things look a little emptier, less resplendent and glowing than they did two weeks ago.
It seems a shame to say goodbye to that warmth and jollity radiated by a tree, candles, fairy lights and gleaming decorations. And it can feel as if our walls, mantelpieces and tables are all missing the spirit of bonhomie.
So we decided to put together some of our favourite ways to bring back a touch of the sparkle, light and atmosphere that we all loved so during Christmas. We’re not suggesting you unpack the decorations again – far from it. But we can learn a few tricks from the care we took to drape our spaces in festive décor. Here’s how to recreate the very best aspects of that welcoming mood throughout the coming year.