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All the signs are that Christmas will be copper coloured in 2015, with Nathan James Dodd seeing metallic hues, particularly copper, taking over from the traditional red and green decorations.
For anyone who wants to be on trend over this coming festive season, there is an impressive range of decorations reflecting richly vibrant copper in the GardenSite.co.uk Christmas collection.
Konstsmide are world famous for designing the most delightful illuminated Christmas decorations and their Copper Metal Candlestick is a contemporary take on a tremendously elegant design.
Such a beautiful object will decorate your table or mantelpiece in an understated and stylish manner, and the five bright candles can also welcome guests if placed in your window.
A Copper Flowers Light Set is another beautiful Christmas piece that can be positioned to wonderful effect on a table top or flat surface, each metal flower adding marvellous seasonal warmth.
Also from Konstsmide is the 24 Ball Light Set that looks fabulous in its own right and can also be arranged creatively with other decorations. As with the other products, this is battery operated with intense LEDs that makes the copper sparkle.
Hang the garlands on the wall or lay them as a centrepiece on the dining table, where they will magically twinkle and add glitz to the festivities.
This Christmas it's clear why copper decorations have increased in popularity, particularly as the metal has such exceptional qualities, an undoubted richness that has natural lustre.
With such an alluring russet appearance, brought to life by brilliant LEDs, it's no wonder that copper is in demand and on trend.
Nathan James Dodd
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Robert Hall, senior partner at GardenSite.co.uk has been elected to sit on the Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA) Judging Panel for 2017. The news was announced on 31st March 2017 on the GIMA website.