CHRISTMAS LIFE AND STYLE
Kampala- Christmas comes with excitement, celebrations and home embellishment. Sheila Najjita Kirenga, an interior designer with Home Decor Interiors in Ntinda, a Kampala suburb, says decorating the home will bring joyous moments that leave everlasting memories.
There is a wide range of decorative ideas one can maximise to beautify their homes.
Homeowners usually decorate the lounge, but Kirenga explains that to create a statement, one should decorate the entire home, including the bedrooms, kitchen, corridor, staircase and outdoors.
Create a new look
Putting the lights and Christmas tree aside, Hilary Kyomuhendo, another interior designer, says a homeowner can pimp up a home with upholstery.
"Curtains, rugs, table clothes and runners, as well as, cushion covers, among others, will also add a statement to your home," he says.
Kyomuhendo advises homeowners to opt for red, white, green and gold curtains plus rugs and table clothes to create a festive look.
"In the bedrooms, one can lay a matching bedspread and in the master bedroom incorporate scented candles for a sweet fragrance," he adds.
Kyomuhendo says rugs and runners can be used to enhance beauty indoors. Place them at the entrance, sitting room, dining, kitchen, corridor and bedrooms.
"The bathroom, toilet, lobby and staircase should not be left out," he adds
Kyomuhendo says one can pimp up the stair rails with multi-coloured paper bells, ribbons and a runner.
"Displaying family pictures is another way of decorating and also bringing back happy memories. Art pieces and Christmas cards can be used as decorative items," says Kirenga.
David Mwesige, a landscaper at Go Green Uganda, says plants and fruits can be used as unique décor pieces.
"Potted plants can be placed in the kitchen, bathroom, lounge and corridor. One can also use them as centre pieces on the dining table," he opines.
He says one can have multiple small Christmas trees placed in different corners.
Have a basket or two of fruits on the dining table and in the kitchen as décor features.
These will excite both the fruit lovers and others that enjoy beautiful stuff around them.
Imagine the scenery of having grapes, berries, oranges and apples in one basket.
In another basket, put mangoes, bananas, among others.
Besides, ready-to-eat watermelons and pineapples can be placed in a glass fruit bowl in another corner.
For the outdoor, just incorporate waterproof disco lights onto the trees, plants and lanterns on the walkway to welcome your guests in style," Sheila Kirenga, an interior designer with Home Decor Interiors, Ntinda says.
Also, put a green wreath or two with a big red ribbon on your front door and a few potted plants on your balcony.