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All that glisters is not gold

mantelpiece decorations from Laura Ashley, PA Photo/Handout

Glittery golds, sparkling silvers and classy coppers are bang on trend for December. With Christmas just around the corner, they're the stylish colours of the festive season, stepping away from gaudy reds and greens. Magical metallics can dance around the room when offset by twinkling fairy lights, but it's also a look that lasts well into the New Year.

Feast for the eyes

a gold table setting, Wilko, See PA Feature INTERIORS Festive Tables, PA Photo/Handout

There aren't many who'd disagree; the festive feast is the highlight of Christmas Day.


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Time to reboot

a model wearing Dune Namedrop Boots in Black,  PA Photo/Handout

Along with your yearly hunt for the perfect coat and stocking up on scarves, shopping for boots is one of the best forms of retail therapy when winter really starts to bite - and this year there's a bumper crop to choose from.


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Five tips for better lighting

a modern lamp,  PA Photo/thinkstockphotos

:: Lighting should be at three levels in a room - the floor, walls and ceiling. Plan your scheme in advance - if you're having electrical work done, make sure the sockets are fitted where you want your table and floor lamps to be. Wall lights and target lighting should also be planned at this stage.


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