Let’s face it, knowing where to start with colour and print can feel like a challenge. Especially if your go-to stance is all black everything (with a pop of grey if you’re feeling adventurous!). However, we reckon that December provides the perfect opportunity to step outside your comfort zone and try something a little more daring – whether that be in your home, wardrobe, or beauty routine. Taking inspiration from Matthew Williamson, our December Birchbox collaborator and master of print, embellishment, and colour, we’ll be showing you 5 easy ways to get started…
1. WRAP YOUR PRESENTS WITH PRINT
If there’s one month that calls for some flamboyance when it comes to stationery, it has to be December! Forget the brown paper when wrapping your carefully chosen gifts, Matthew Williamson’s collection of beautifully patterned greetings cards and wrapping paper is the perfect way to test the water when it comes to mixing-and-matching prints. Bonus: they’ll look incredible nestled beneath the tree before you give them away to your lucky giftee! We love the Peacock Heart Wrapping Paper paired with a royal purple ribbon, and the decadent Precious Rose Greetings Card (featuring the same rose as the December Birchbox!).
2. LAYER UP YOUR PRODUCTS
When it comes to beauty, there are so many ways to incorporate colour into your routine. The key? A light hand! Whether it’s eyeshadow, blusher, or lipstick, start by applying a very small amount of your chosen product. Apply a bit more, and then a bit more to build up the intensity and pigment and achieve your desired effect. There’s a full-size lip product inside every December Birchbox X Matthew Williamson so it’s the perfect way to start experimenting. Check our our guide on how to rock a red lip 2 ways – as a bold party lip or a pared-back stain.
3. CREATE A STATEMENT SPACE
It isn’t just your make-up bag and wardrobe where you can have fun with colour and print – it’s your home too! Why not experiment with a statement wall? Matthew Williamson’s bold wallpapers add instant impact to any room – try it on the wall behind your bed or to complement a gallery wall in your living space. You can even go all-out and paper the downstairs loo if you’re feeling brave! Similarly, a beautiful armchair or rug is a great way to enliven an otherwise plain space. We love Matthew Williamson’s Tango Chair in the Pink Butterfly Wheel Print.
4. MIX-AND-MATCH YOUR WARDROBE
Finally, when it comes to clothing, a lot of us avoid rocking print for fear of looking too dressed-up. However, there are lots of ways that you can subtly introduce patterned pieces and more vibrant colour into your everyday outfits. Found an out-there print that you love? When wearing something super bold (like the gorgeous Matthew Williamson midi skirt pictured) try pairing it with a plain crew-neck jumper and ankle boots to balance out the pattern. If you’re going for head-to-toe print in the form of a dress, throw on your favourite leather jacket on top and keep your hair simple in a messy ponytail. It’s all about making sure you still feel like you!
Get your December Birchbox X Matthew Williamson today and discover the beautiful box for yourself.