Holiday Decorating Tips

The holidays are right around the corner; time to start thinking about your decorations! When it comes to holiday décor, you don't need to stick to the basics of green and red. Instead, mix things up a bit with these holiday decorating trends for 2010.

2010 Decorating themes

1Vintage pieces

A blending of old and new is always preferred when decorating your home for the holidays. This season, add vintage pieces that have been handed down in your family for generations—or fake it by purchasing items from the flea market or antique shops. Vintage ornaments, wall hangings, clocks, figurines, and other items can add some unique charm to your home during the holidays.

2BIG ornaments

A few years ago, the trend was to decorate your tree with tons of very small ornaments. Now things have swung in the completely opposite direction. This year, go big! Hang several very large bulbs on your tree, skip the tinsel and keep the rest of your tree decorations to a minimum. Voluminous Christmas ornaments that are eight inches in diameter or more are your best bet—the bigger the better.

3Ready-lit trees

Though pricey, pre-lit artificial Christmas trees are going to be all the rage this year. These trees require very little maintenance and upkeep. They are easy to store and set up. You can find ready-lit trees in every size adorned with clear or multi-colored lights. Pull your pre-lit Christmas tree out of the box and add your own decorations to finish the look.

4Unique color schemes

Skip red and green this year and explore new color schemes when creating your tablescapes, decorating your tree, or putting up other holiday decorations. Silver and blue offers a contemporary winter feel, while purple and green offer a regal look.

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5Rich textures

When decorating your home this holiday season, don't forget to dress up your couches, chairs, and other furniture. Add throws and pillows and slip in colors with rich textures such as velvet, suede, and faux fur.

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Comments on "Holiday décor: 10 Top holiday decorating trends for 2010"

Nikki December 06, 2010 | 10:33 AM

Love the idea for retro trees--I found a small pink aluminum one at the Goodwill, and it now acts as a nightlight for our daughter through the month of December--double duty!

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