Christmas has always been a season for lights, warmth, and joy. From trimming the tree to bedecking our homes with scores of strands of twinkle lights, something about Christmastime and the décor it brings always conveys a comfortable, nestled feeling to home for weathering the cold winter nights.
Over the decades, colors have expanded to celebrate Santa’s arrival in more than just the traditional red and green. With so many dimensions and shades of Christmas to celebrate, how on earth does anyone choose a color palate?
Delight in the Colors of Christmas
Traditional Christmas will always be a favorite for any palate. To put your own spin on the classic red and green, try adding different shades of the colors as well as textures for a dimensional effect that can make any room look radiant. Ribbons and garnishes of plaid, silk, velvet, glitter, and metallic touches all play on beautiful lush fabrics used during winter months to stave off the cold. Lighting can also be added as little or as much as desired, depending on your patience for unraveling strands of lights. For a simplistic look, weave twinkle lights amongst greenery before placing to tone down the sparkle, yet maintain the elegance and brightness of the holidays. You can also buy a pre-lit Christmas tree.
Another way to incorporate light without worrying about finding an outlet is the use of gold and silver. These are both excellent sources of reflective light meant to enhance your traditional décor. Tall and small figurines, playful elves, or pillar candles of various heights are also ways to dress anything from the largest hearth to the smallest side table. Feeling particularly jolly this year? Try all of the above!
For sipping hot cocoa by the hearth, birch branches and neutral browns amidst a cluster of greenery are a beautiful way to add that long-awaited and beloved evergreen scent to your fireside. Invite guests and friends to sit amongst a forest of pinecones, fruits, and berries for subtle embellishments of color in your home that truly celebrates nature. Lanterns, which are a great investment for any season, can be filled with fresh greenery, ornaments, small twinkle lights, berries; anything your imagination can dream of to create a welcoming entrance, add height to a mantel, or grace the center of the dining room table. Incorporating red fruits, greens, pinecones, and small berries of the season is all you need to create a subtle yet elegant impact in any room of the home.
For those dreaming of a White Christmas, garnish every corner of your home with twinkle lights, snow, white wreaths and garlands, and perhaps some winter white elves. Sumptuous furs, feathers, and soft pillow-y textures allow these simple colors to create an indoor blanket of snow. Adding a pop of green or red occasionally only accentuates the winter white, or choose to maintain a winter wonderland of pure, glittering frost.
Whether traditional, natural, or frosted with glitz and glam, there is no wrong way to decorate for the holidays. Experiment with current family treasures, and create new memories by adding new touches, playing with texture and height. Just don’t forget to leave room on the mantel for milk and cookies!