Does flipping through magazines gives you holiday decor envy?
Our interior designers have a few tips that will help you decorate for the holidays like a pro.
Choose a Theme
Think about how you celebrate the holidays and choose a color scheme. If you’re the traditional type, a classic red, green, and gold color scheme is a good place to start. Like to host fancy-dress cocktail parties? A sophisticated metallic color pallette will set the right tone. Famous for your no-holds-barred New Year’s bash? You might like a funky riff on classic holiday colors like metallic magenta and electric green.
Having a loose theme and a color story for your holiday decorations in mind will help you focus when you’re thumbing through design magazines and searching the internet for inspiration. We’ve put together a few Pinterest boards to get you started.
It’s Easy Being Green
If you get tired of seeing poinsettias everywhere during the holidays, you’re not alone. But plants are a simple and inexpensive element to add to your holiday décor, no matter what theme or color story you choose. Pine boughs look beautiful draped on a mantel or around doorways, and individually potted rosemary plants work well as centerpieces and side-table accents.
It’s easy to get carried away when decorating for the holidays, but resist the temptation to turn your entire home into a Christmas card. Plan your décor strategically, placing the most importance on the entryway and the focal points of the primary entertaining spaces. Add small flourishes to less-frequently visited rooms like the guest bath.
Let There Be Light
Lighting is an important design element that’s often overlooked. Kill the overhead lights and use an indirect light source. Uplights are great for highlight artwork and key décor vignettes, and they reflect off the walls to create a welcoming glow. You can also incorporate LED candles into your decorations on tables and shelves to create a cozy feeling in the space.