Is anyone else super tired of the tried and true red, green, gold holiday theme? I know most of us gave up snow spray and silver tree thread in the 90’s (hint “no, just no”) but I think the days of red and green themed holiday décor is also done. Here’s how we know – go on any designer show-house holiday tour and you won’t see it. And I for one am so glad to have some relief from the tacky kitsch that can so often be front and center during the holiday season. Elf on the Shelf? Not on mine! I thought I would prepare a list of the top 5 inspired ideas for the holidays. And, for an extra challenge I am making them budget friendly.
1. One of the best parts of the holidays is the smell – holiday baking and fragrant flowers – take us on an extra sensory journey. In the spirit of simplicity consider fragrant greenery, eucalyptus, evergreen, thyme and for an extra dose of beauty magnolia leaves are very special. Use evergreen to create structure and support and then weave in other fragrant offerings to create depth of colour and scent. People will notice your home had that extra something beyond the visual.
2. We have ruled out the usual Red/Green theme so what is left – everything and anything. Pick a colour palette that speaks to you and blends into your current décor and start from there. There is a reason that Tiffany blue works all year round yet adding gold or a textured cream gives it that holiday flare in a subtle elegant way. If you love pastel – there are some great combos of in icy hues that can really lift your space to another dimension.
3. Wrapped packages in unexpected places can create fun intrigue. Pretty stacks of gifts in colours that match your colour palette can be a lot of fun. Don’t be afraid to move gifts out from under the tree and display them in other rooms of your home.
4. Which take me to the next idea – don’t isolate the holidays to just one area of your home. Create holiday vignettes in places you wouldn’t expect. How about subtle white holiday flowers and greenery in your powder or guest bathrooms? And don’t forget to create whimsy for your kids in their bedrooms – a great way to include them and control their developing creative flair.
5. Last holiday season we were seeing evergreens everywhere. Expect that trend to continue. Greenery can be placed on dining room tables, into pots both outside and in and will add both the holiday feel and scent to many areas of your home.
6. I know I said I didn’t like tacky kisch but a little bit is still fun – just don’t overdo it – a Santa candy dish can add whimsy to an elegant buffet table. Or check out where Santa snuck into the picture below.
7. Christmas tree ornaments everywhere but the tree – glass ornaments can be used everywhere. Keep your colour palette in mind and then add glass balls to bowls, terra-cotta pots, and baskets all around your home.
8. I love faux fur and it beautifies any “home for the holidays” if you ask me. Add luxury and coziness to your home by draping fur throws and pillows in your family and entertaining rooms. They are both beautiful and functional on cold winter evenings.
Remember as with most things in interior décor – less is more – and that is particularly true if you are hoping to create a luxurious and stylish feel for the holidays.
PS. Still hanging the multi-coloured Christmas lights on your home exterior? That is sure to land you on Santa's interior decor Naughty List!