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Hot Holiday Hues

Photos by Loren Doughty

Tradition takes a holiday! Here are 4 fresh color combos making our homes merry and bright this year. Plus, our designers offer a few savvy tips for decorating your Christmas tree to the nines.

BLUSH + METALLICS


We’re dreaming of a pink Christmas. Blush, pink, rose gold, whatever you call this trending holiday hue, you have to admit it’s pretty dreamy and looks even more beautiful when paired with gold, silver and copper. It’s no secret we’re swooning over pink, ever since it burst onto the design scene last year (remember our friend Rose Quartz?). A fresh and welcome take on traditional red, this softer shade has our hearts beating fast. From ornaments, pillows and tabletop trees to sprays, candles and vases, we’re having a love affair with Pinterest perfect pink. What about you? Are you thinking pink this year?

Photos by Loren Doughty

Navy Blue + Copper


I’m dreaming of a navy blue Christmas. Navy is another of those gorgeous colors that has been having a major moment in home décor and is now making its mark in holiday decoration and design. Considered a neutral today, navy blue is a rich, regal, sophisticated hue with a depth that gives it warmth, making it an ideal color choice for this time of year. Pair navy with copper accents for a beautiful blend of classic style and rustic elegance.

Photos by Loren Doughty

TURQUOISE + BRIGHTS


Merry and bright is always right. Purple and green and turquoise . . . oh my! We love a festival of brights around the holidays. Jewel tones add pops of rich color and sparkle aplenty to our homes, making them merry in the most beautiful way. And if you’re looking to amp up the holiday drama in your home, there is no better than way than introducing dazzling, bold, vivid hues. You can’t overdo with these sparklers. More is more is more is more!

Photos by Loren Doughty

BLACK + SILVER (OR GOLD, OR WHITE)


Have yourself a modern little Christmas. So what if your taste runs a little more on the modern side? What if red and green or navy and copper or pink and white or purple and green just aren’t your thing? What if your closet is full of black and you love the shimmer of jewels against your LBD? Well then go for it! Black is the new black, even during the holidays. Pair the chic hue with glittering silver or gold for a contemporary take on Christmas. Even in a traditional environment, nothing is more sophisticated and elegant than black. Black and white combos are also gorgeous this time of year, adding a graphic element to any holiday scheme.

Photos by Loren Doughty

SAVVY TIPS FOR DECORATING YOUR TREE

1. Make “Christmas” work with your existing décor. Just because it’s the holidays, that doesn’t mean you have to change your home’s look and feel. Blending holiday with everyday, even if it means using unexpected colors, like chocolate brown, copper, turquoise or pink, keeps your rooms looking put together and fabulous.
2. Think in layers. The key to a lush tree is to think in layers. Start with the lights and remember, more is more when it comes to a sparkling tree. Wrap lights around all the major branches starting at the trunk of the tree and working your way up. Next add your ornaments (see Step 4 about strategic placement). Varying the sizes and shapes of ornaments adds interest and balance. Finally, add the finishing touches: sprays, garlands, feathers, whatever you have that will add texture and lushness to the shiny baubles adorning your tree.
3. Be strategic when placing your ornaments. There really is a method to the madness. Start with your largest ornaments first and place them around the tree in a pattern. Then fill in with medium and then smaller ornaments, varying the sizes and shapes so the tree is evenly balanced. And remember to dress the tree from the inside out. You want to create depth by placing some ornaments farther down on the branches, inside the tree. All the ornaments should not be hanging from just the tips.
4. Be creative with your tree skirt. There are no rules as to what constitutes a “tree skirt.” Faux fur throws, burlap, favorite fabrics . . . all can be beautiful and complement your tree’s theme and your room’s existing décor.

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