The holiday season has arrived and most of us are pulling out the same decorations that we use year after year. For most of us, these decorations have been in the family for a long time and all of them bring up happy memories. However, sometimes decorating for the holidays can be fun especially if you implement some fresh ideas year after year. You can still use your old decorations but you can add a fresh new flair that makes it look different every time.
This article will discuss the hottest holiday decorating trends for 2015. It will discuss ways that you can continue using your old decorations that you have used year after year and how you can add fresh ideas to this year’s holiday decorations. In the following article by Mercury News, they discuss some of the trends for holiday decorating:
Jewel tide. “This year the big story is about jewel tones,” Eller said. Think royalty — deep amethyst, ruby red, sapphire blue, emerald green. The colors are rich, and the materials incorporate velvet, feathers, and figures, like deer dipped in gold. The look is elegant.
Merry and bright. As it sounds, this is a traditional red and green story. Items have a handcrafted feel and give a nod to folk art. Wood, felt and yarn fit in this look, as do woodland creatures — like the owl and fox — and gingerbread men and houses. The look is humble yet warm and plays to nostalgia.
Winter retreat. Think winter wonderland, with shimmery layers that evoke ice, glitter and frost. This look blends textured whites (birch white bark, and white faux fur) and soft metallics, including soft gold, champagne, silver and pale copper, grounded by pops of deep green. One advantage of this theme, Eller said, is that because it says “winter” and not just “Christmas,” decor can stay up through January.
New traditions. This classic but clean holiday look is popular with millennials, Eller said. It incorporates traditional colors — red, green and gold — but the style is simple, less ornate. “We see a lot of wire in this one, as well as chalkboard finishes,” she added. This trend story gravitates toward nostalgic ornaments of the 1940s and ’50s, but with a twist, say a different shape (teardrop) or an updated finish.
This section was originally found on the “Mercury News” website which can be viewed here.
These trends seem to follow the standard decorating techniques with an added flair. Anything that has to due with winter wonderland or making your house look merry and bright will do the trick.
If you want to update the decorations that you have been using for years, there are some simple tips that you can follow in order to give them more of a modern appeal. In the following article by AJC, they discuss this in further detail:
Design experts share holiday decor trends and tips for all styles
Update your holiday hues: The classic Christmas red can be mixed with softer metallic hues. Don’t be afraid to layer materials such as rose gold, copper, silver and bronze, in displays on trees, mantles and tabletops, the designers say.
Incorporate natural accents: Shop your own yard for magnolia branches, twigs, acorns and pine cones, Montgomery said. For a bar cart display, the Trinity designers combined existing pieces with magnolia leaves. Plants with velvety leaves can be combined with white flowers, and if you need more glam, add silver accents. Driftwood is used for decorative trees, Santas, menorahs and nativity scenes sold by artisans and retailers.
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You can add new holiday decorating flair to you existing ones by adding some pine cones that you picked up from your front yard. This will certainly give you holiday decorating a boost and give it a freshness that might be needed especially if you use the same decorations year after year. It can also be a fun project that you can do with your kids.
However, there are some interior designers that offer up some helpful rules that you may want to use when decorating for the holidays. In the following article by NOLA.com, they discuss three rules that you can follow this holiday:
Find your look and stick with it: I don’t care if you choose simple and sleek, ornate and formal, rustic and nostalgic or traditional and classic, pick a look and settle on it. “The biggest rule of thumb is don’t get sidetracked,” Eller said. “Yes, the new and beautiful might turn your head, but if it doesn’t resonate with your look and your home, look away.”
Dial in your red: Most holiday decorators use a shade of red in their current holiday theme, Eller said. And that is the key: one shade, not three. You wouldn’t wear a fire engine red top with burgundy slacks. (I hope.) So identify your red — bright cherry, rich ruby, deep burgundy — and weed out the reds that clash. The goal is a cohesive look.
Cluster don’t spread: When arranging your nutcrackers or Christmas candles or angel chorus on a tabletop or mantel, don’t line them up, group them.
This section was originally found on the “Nola.com” website which can be viewed here.
If you follow these three rules, you will be able to decorate your house for the holidays and make sure that it is aesthetically pleasing. Holiday decorating can be fun and you can even do it on a budget by going outside or finding new ways to reuse some things that you already have.
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