The chances are you’ll be entertaining guests over the Xmas period. This means you’ve got the perfect excuse to have a splurge on some new décor and accessories. After all, the house has to look its best so it’s ready to receive relatives, friends and neighbours. Wrought iron furniture and home accessories are a fantastic way to give your rooms a traditional Dickens Christmas feel. Here’s how to create the look.

Deck the Halls

First impressions count and your entrance way sets the mood and feel for the rest of the house. A key characteristic of Victorian décor was its ornateness. You could impress your guests and set the tone of what’s to come with a beautiful, decorative wrought iron mirror. Or, for something that’s practical too; a traditional coat stand or umbrella holder will clear clutter. This is symbolic of the era as a place to hang hats, parasols, feather boas and walking sticks. A wreath is a must for the front door and no hallway was complete without mistletoe dangling from the ceiling, a young lady from the 18th century was not allowed to refuse to be kissed.

The Parlour

Was the formal lounge or area for entertaining guests. The beauty of mimicking an 1800s Xmas is that it was customary to cover every available surface with ornaments. This means you can go wild with decorations. Use wrought iron furniture such as shelves of side tables to make elaborate displays, nativity figures, toy soldiers, snow scenes, candle displays. For the working classes, times were hard and they brought the outdoors inside to make seasonal décor. Scatter pine cones, holly, mistletoe, adorn picture frames, wall clocks, fire places with evergreen rope, customarily made from ivy leaves. You could perhaps invest in some wrought iron plant stands and make a display of poinsettias, ivy, mini fir trees, winter roses, cyclamen, Christmas cactus or mini holly trees. This will really reflect the spirit of the season.

Dining Room

An elegant wrought iron table and chairs in a traditional design will look opulent and sophisticated, fitting in perfectly with the theme. White lace table cloth is a must, choose flowers or a decorative wrought iron candelabra for your centrepiece. Use the same principles as above to trim up the room; more is more! Use plenty of ornaments and greenery. Dining was a very formal affair, so keep this in mind and go for a lavish, majestic look. Perhaps invest in a traditional wrought iron serving trolley and adorn with pine cones and holly, perfect for wheeling in the xmas pudding. Big, beautiful red bows wrapped around wrought iron chairs will look both festive and introduce colour.

If you’re thinking of making a few home improvements before the festive season, wrought iron furniture and accessories are perfect. The traditional, antique feel of wrought iron will help make your home look like you’ve stepped into the pages of a dickens novel. Another plus is that the classic curl wrought iron furniture design gives you plenty of opportunity to hang and attach Victorian ornaments and seasonal foliage.

Avi Reisman works on the design team at Metal Design Furniture Ltd. Avi's articles on interior design, landscaping, garden furniture and wrought iron furniture are a must read for anyone considering investing in quality wrought iron decor pieces for their home.

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Avi Reisman works on the design team at Metal Design Furniture Ltd. Avi’s articles on interior design, landscaping, garden furniture and metal work are a must read for anyone considering investing in a feature piece of metal furniture for their home.