Top 5 Tips for Choosing Your Holiday Decor

No longer limited to a traditional red-and-green color palette, the modern-day choices for holiday decor are seemingly endless. The task of updating your holiday style can be both overwhelming – and expensive! – if you don’t begin with a specific plan in mind. Here are a few tips for simplifying the process:

1. INCORPORATE NON-TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS ITEMS THAT YOU ALREADY OWN.

Utilizing items that you already own is a fabulous way to cut down on expenditures for items that will only be used once a year but will require extra storage the rest of the time. In addition, blending classic pieces into your holiday decor adds a sense of inviting warmth to any style. For instance, fill existing antique baskets with colorful ornaments at Christmas, or use a silver serving platter as the base for a collection of nutcrackers.

As you can see in this mantel, mixing year-round accessories with holiday decor can create a lovely display.

Here is a creative use of a dress mannequin that the homeowners embellished with holiday flair. Photo from Country Living.

2. DETERMINE YOUR HOLIDAY STYLE BASED UPON THE INTERIORS OF YOUR HOME.

For instance, if you have a very traditional home, selecting modern-looking tree ornaments would probably appear out of place. In the same way, if you have a formal living room adorned with conservative, antique furniture and fabrics, the best choice for tree lights in that room would probably not be colorful and flashing. In other words, your holiday decor should compliment your home interior, rather than competing with it. The two should blend together, with your holiday decor becoming a seamless extension of the existing space.

This whimsical Christmas arrangement is suitable for a laid-back, casual style.

This tree might be over-the-top for many, but it obviously works for this homeowner and the Asian style they intended to create.

3. CHOOSE YOUR HOLIDAY COLOR PALETTE & STYLE, THEN LIMIT YOURSELF TO ONLY ITEMS WITHIN  THOSE PARAMETERS.

If you are a fan of traditional red-and-green Christmas colors, then go with those! If you love a simplistic color palette consisting of all silver and white, then do that! It makes no difference what you choose, as along as you make the choice, then stick with it. Often, people veer off the path, because because they either did not start with a plan at all, OR because they they lost focus of their original goal. Consider this. When you decorate your home, you never just run out to the store and start buying any piece of furniture, fabric, or accessory that you happen to fancy. Instead, you know what your interior design style is, and you limit yourself to only those items that fit within those boundaries. The same applies with holiday decor. Choose the style and colors you like the most, but then refuse to be swayed by the endless other options. There are MANY beautiful holiday styles, but in order to achieve a cohesive outcome, try not to be tempted to purchase items that do not fit within your pre-determined parameters.

A simple color palette works beautifully in this traditional living room.

This woodsy living room is colorful, yet all blends together perfectly.

This white tree looks well-suited with the all-white walls and flooring. Photo from Coastal Living.

4. THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX!

Get creative with your decor! As long as it is tastefully executed, and in line with the rest of your holiday styling and color palette, don’t be afraid to use a traditional item in a fresh, new way!

This interesting and eclectic holiday collection consists of a vintage window frame, old books, greenery from outside, a boxwood wreath, some shiny ornaments and vase, a large shell, and some bottle brush trees.

This mantel display made from twigs is simplistic, yet edgy, and works well with the home interiors.

5. INCORPORATE NATURE INTO YOUR HOLIDAY STYLE.

Store-purchased holiday decorations are fabulous –  of course! – but adding in natural elements to your style will prevent it from being TOO glittery and contrived. For instance, add some evergreen or holly branches to your vases, or weave sparkling Christmas garland through a basket of hickory nuts and pine cones collected from your yard. You can even stuff your Christmas tree with spray-painted branches for additional color and interest!

Spray-painted nuts and pine cones mixed with Christmas ornaments blend well together.

This table arrangement consists of pine, cypress, and magnolia leaves, which could all be collect from outside. These elements are combined with apples and roses that could be purchase from the grocery store. You could also opt to use flowers or pine cones from your yard rather than store-bought florals.

Except where noted, all photos are from Southern Living.

NOW, GO HAVE AN “It’s So Fabulous!” DAY!

IF YOU WOULD LIKE HELP WITH MAKING YOUR HOME EVEN MORE FABULOUS, PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR AN IN-HOME OR ONLINE CONSULTATION  AT KIMBERLY@KNOTTINGHILLINTERIORS.COM

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