Wednesday, November 30, 2011

decking the halls

Today I'd like to welcome guest poster Christina Johnson who's going to share some ideas and tips for updating your holiday decor to create a modern style that's festive and fashionable. Without further ado...

(image via Ballard Designs)
The holiday season is close upon us. This is a great time of year when we can flex those design skills to create a warm and inviting home or stylish Manhattan apartment for the holidays. Design trends change every year and there are so many options for creating a striking Christmas theme. Digging out old decorations is a good place to start. Take a good look at what you already have, and explore new ways that you can use them. Keep the family heirlooms and your favorite decorations, and look at ways in which you can incorporate them with a theme you have chosen or with a current trend. Those green and red beaded garlands have probably seen their day, along with the tacky discount ornaments and knick knacks you may have bought 5 years ago. It’s time to toss them out and try something new.
Reflect on a style you like or a theme you want to try. It does not have to be elaborate, but it helps to have a well formulated plan or theme. Here are some important things to consider when deciding on Christmas decor.
(image via Centsational Girl)
Rethinking Color: The traditional Christmas colors are green and red. Should you stay with this combination or go for something bold and different? Try working with different shades of the same color, like navy with light blue, fuchsia with baby pink. The effect this creates is elegant and pleasing. 
You could even stick to one tone for all your décor, choosing from bold, striking colors like silver or gold. A popular trend is to mix gold with silver. This theme works very well even when you add splashes of rich jewel tones like burgundy, eggplant or forest green, all of which add balance to the striking beauty of gold and silver. A mono-toned white theme also works beautifully on its own and when combined with silver or gold.
(image via Martha Stewart)
Focusing on Details: It’s always the little things that matter; even when it comes to décor. You don’t have to go for a big decoration overhaul. Look at what works with your existing décor. Add a few pillows, light some candles, rearrange your artwork. Some twinkle lights artfully placed around a fireplace can infuse a room with Christmas cheer. 
(image via Room Service)
Get a variety of pine cones and arrange them in baskets. You could even spray paint them to match your color scheme! Candles add a beautiful touch and can be combined with any theme you have in mind. Place some ornamental Christmas balls in a clear glass container. This looks great as a mantel piece or could add color and sparkle to a coffee table.
(image via Miss Mutard Seed)
Decorating the Tree: There is no cure for cabin fever like decorating a Christmas tree. Whether your tree is artificial or the real thing, the possibilities are endless. You could go for single toned or multi-colored lights. But remember, first the lights, then the garlands and last of all the ornaments. Sticking to this order simplifies the decorating process. Single tone decorations, especially in white, gold or silver make for a stunning Christmas tree. Choose a skirt that enhances the décor on your tree. A simple skirt works well if you are using many colors on your tree. If you are going mono-tone or with a theme, you could add a rich skirt that complements the theme or color scheme.
(image via Dommie)
Playing Mix and Match: When your tree comes down, take a few of your favorite ornaments and place them around the house to add some punch to your existing décor. Twinkle lights from the tree when placed over doors, keeps the mood festive long past the last carol sung. Changing the ribbons on an artificial wreath can take it all the way into spring.

With a little planning, some creative thinking and a willingness to try something new, you can create a tastefully decorated home for the holidays and beyond.

Thanks for the inspiration, Christina! I can't wait to break out our Christmas decorations and get started. I'm thinking brown paper packages, red ribbon, and lots of woodland animals. How do you plan on decorating for the season?

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful post! Want to come decorate my house for the party??? Carte blanche, and I'll even pay you a decorator's fee! (But I DO love the pine cones hanging in the windows) :-)


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