While there are some holiday decorations that remain constant through the years, like your first ornament/dreidel or grandma’s vintage nativity scene/menorah; sometimes you want to freshen up your seasonal décor with a beautiful new look. To help inspire you this year, we’ve asked some of the most creative minds in home design for their insight on the latest trends in holiday style. Get ready to deck the halls with the most marvelous holiday decorating tips for 2014.
Contemporary Holiday Colors
Many designers are shifting to rustic charm and metallic tones this holiday season. Kelsey Wells, president and chief designer of The Wells Collection, suggests giving the traditional red/green combo a rest: “Instead of traditional holiday colors, you will see holiday decor in all neutrals- whites, silver, gold, creams, greys, etc., with accents through texture as opposed to color.”
According to Janene Ferrara of Dalehead Designs, “I predict three holiday looks we’ll be seeing: warm metallics, untraditional rustic and under the sea (blues/turquoise). You can get the [warm metallics] look this holiday season by using a mixture of gold, bronze, copper and silver colored ornaments. Gold lights can be used to cast a warm glow to the tree and you can add to the glitter by spray-painting plastic fruit ornaments in your favorite metallic colors and affixing them to the tree.”
And for a welcoming, warm and unconventional holiday look, interior designer Joshua David endorses “Aqua, grass greens, natural soft colors found amongst the garden that evoke a sense of earth and family. All interspersed with shimmering golds and silvers.”
Holiday Table Settings
During the holidays, the family dinner table becomes the focal point of celebration, as well as a place for design. Janene Ferrara suggests extending the use of warm metallic to the holiday table, “where gold chargers should be mixed in with silver rimmed china, mercury glass candleholders, a vintage silver cream and sugar set and glass vases filled with bronze Christmas balls.”
Sally Morse, director of Creative Services at window fashions leader Hunter Douglas, recommends adding “glittering tinsel around dining-chairs and add a smattering of silver stars and bells at the back for pizzazz. Or wrap them with ribbon, a tree ornament or name card tied at the back with a bow.”
If you’re looking to add a creative and earthy flair, Sara Ledterman, Editor in Chief of Adorno Magazine, recommends that you “Try silver and green, gold and blue, or pick a color that is already in
your house and work with those. I also love mixing in organic elements like quartz and driftwood. It will be a huge trend this season. Use things like feathers and bare twigs or branches in floral arrangements with holiday flowers.”
Joshua David suggests utilizing small, energy-smart LED light bulbs to accent organic elements, such as “white linens framed with soft electric lights on battery packs, interspersed with fruit; apples, clove studded oranges, limes and lemons. Small family photos and trailing natural pine garland. Mercury glass votives and antiqued brass candlesticks.”
Trimming Trees, Wrapping Presents and More
Trimming the tree is one of the most exciting parts of holiday decorating and affords you tremendous opportunity to show off your creativity. Joshua David reports “Skinny trees are in- tall and slender-this type of tree provides enough foliage for hanging treasured ornaments and garlands and allows for space around the tree to make it a focal point without taking over a space.” While Sally Morse recommends trees that are either monochromatically decorated with one color, or splashed with a rainbow of hues.
And don’t forget about the wreath: “Make sure your guests feel welcomed every time they arrive at the front door by putting something uniquely you on it,” says Morse. “If you lean toward the conventional, try a square wreath rather than a circle, or one made of feathers.”
What would the holidays be without bringing the kids on the design fun? “Have the kids cut out snowflakes from construction paper in white or a color that coordinates with their bedrooms,” suggests Morse. “Tie on various lengths of ribbons in the color of their choice and then, using double-face tape, affix to the ceiling.”
When it comes to wrapping presents, Kelsey Wells suggests keeping things simple: “Gifts wrapped in simple recycled paper, finished with twine for ribbon and a pinecone or sprig of holly for the accent.”
This season, get into the holiday spirit by exploring your creative side with a fresh, new look for your home. Use these beautiful holiday decorating tips to bring a new twist to your cherished traditions. How do you plan to decorate your home this year?