Five looks for Christmas: No. 4 Wanderlust

Journeying through India, Mexico, Peru and Nepal, and drawing on the vibrant colours and textures found in decorations throughout these parts, this is a look that will certainly turn heads this Christmas. The key to making it work is to fill your tree with a mass of decorations (less is definitely not more in this instance) and to fully embrace the vibrant colour palette. Intricate embroidery, block prints, beading, pom-poms and little bells are all important elements, so enjoy layering them throughout. Metallic gold can hold its own against this riot of vivid colour, whilst also adding a stunning touch. And just think…all those little bits-and-bobs that you may have acquired from your travels over the years can become part of the look too.

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Pom Pom Christmas tree, £60, Chi Chi Moi at notonthehighstreet.com

Standing 76 centimetres tall, this Christmas tree could be used as a unique table centre or, even, to add a fun touch to a disused fireplace. Choose from neutral, traditional or bright pom-poms – the latter fits this look perfectly. Pom Pom Christmas tree, £60, Chi Chi Moi at notonthehighstreet.com

Tall coloured dinner candles, £3 each, Graham & Green

These dinner candles come in six different colours; use them together for a truly eclectic mix. Tall coloured dinner candles, £3 each, Graham & Green

Christmas Blossoms handmade papier mâché decorations, £36.99 for a set of 6, Unicef UK

Papier mâché has never looked so beautiful. As well as bringing an exotic touch to your Christmas tree, a mass of these decorations would also look great in a big bowl. Christmas Blossoms handmade papier mâché decorations, £36.99 for a set of 6, Unicef UK

Dew Drop baubles, £24.95 for a mixed set of 12, Nkuku

Nkuku have fabulous Christmas decorations, almost too many to choose from, but we picked out these little glass baubles which come in a range of gorgeous colours and hang from recycled sari ties. Dew Drop baubles, £24.95 for a mixed set of 12, Nkuku

Tales of the Maharaja Embroidered Star decoration, £6, John Lewis

There should always be space for some stars on a tree and this embroidered one fits the bill nicely. Tales of the Maharaja Embroidered Star decoration, £6, John Lewis

Maharaja themed baubles, from £5, John Lewis

Exotic and highly patterned, these baubles really capture the beauty of Indian decoration. Maharaja themed baubles, from £5, John Lewis

Hanger with tassels, £38, RE

As an alternative to the classic Christmas wreath, how about hanging one of these instead? Featuring pom-poms, tassels and little bells, it would brighten up any door. Hanger with tassels, £38, RE

Golden Lotus beaded ornaments, £45.99 for a set of 5, Unicef UK

Handcrafted using Zardozi embroidery and beading, these beautiful decorations could be hung from the branches of your tree or, for a decadent look, how about attaching one of these ornaments to each napkin for your table arrangement? Golden Lotus beaded ornaments, £45.99 for a set of 5, Unicef UK

Gold multi tea light holder, £45, Graham & Green

How lovely we think this is! The distressed gold finish works perfectly with the hot palette of pinks, turquoise, reds and greens that feature in this look, and just imagine what a statement it would make down the centre of a dining table or on a mantelpiece. Gold multi tea light holder, £45, Graham & Green

Christmas crackers, £39 for a set of 6, Toast

These vibrant crackers were handmade in Dorset using Nepalese papers which were hand block printed by women in the Kathmandu Valleys of Nepal. We think the little gifts included deserve a mention too as they are much more interesting than the usual fare: colouring pencils, star garland, mini incense sticks, mini glass tree decoration, flowering tea bomb and a hand carved wooden block print. Christmas crackers, £39 for a set of 6, Toast

Cactus hanging decorations, £14.95 for a set of 3, Graham & Green

 

Channel the hot and arid conditions of Mexican deserts with these brightly coloured glass cacti; hang from a tree or display a group of them together on a shelf. Cactus hanging decorations, £14.95 for a set of 3, Graham & Green

Maharaja pre-lit Peardrop Christmas tree, £295; 500 LED Static fairy lights, £45 for 19 metres; Maharaja baubles, from £5; Maharaja Holographic gift wrap, £4 for 3 metres; all John Lewis

One of John Lewis’s major themes this season is ‘Tales of the Maharaja’ and they have curated a beautiful selection of products that capture the vivid palette of colours and the fabulous patterning of the Maharaja. Check out their faux trees, fairy lights and wrapping paper too; if you are going to town with this look, then they will all work really well together. Maharaja pre-lit Peardrop Christmas tree, £295; 500 LED Static fairy lights, £45 for 19 metres; Maharaja baubles, from £5; Maharaja Holographic gift wrap, £4 for 3 metres; all John Lewis