Welcome to Decorating Diva, where every week we share fresh, fun ways to update your home and spice up your living space! Tis the season to start thinking about holiday decor and deciding how you’re going to deck your halls this season. To help inspire your festive side, we put together some expert tips for how to give your home some holiday cheer this year.
Holiday trend spotting
We asked Christopher Grubb, president of Arch-Interiors in Beverly Hills, California, to share his top picks for holiday decor trends. He was happy to share his seasonal style expertise with SheKnows. He tells us that two trends in particular have been emerging, with very different themes and looks. One is a more sophisticated theme, while the other stays more traditional. He takes us through each must-try trend and shows us how to achieve each festive look at home.
Green and red might be Christmas mainstays, but your holiday decor doesn’t have to depend on these two hues alone. This season, look to more sophisticated versions of those classic shades with some other, more versatile tones. “For the sophisticated theme, the colors are rich burgundies, deep golds, dark cranberry and hunter greens as color schemes,” Grubb says. You can focus your holiday decor on just one color throughout, a mix of two or all four.
Grubb provides his tips on how best to incorporate these sophisticated seasonal shades into your space this holiday.
Spice your table
To really set a sophisticated scene, add a new tablecloth or table linens in these rich, elegant colors. Use solids for the placemats and a fun pattern for the napkins to add interest and depth. Salad plates in these shades mixed in with your standard china add a punch of color, while entertaining new stemware in festive, chic hues make a great accent for your holiday table.
Slip on slipcovers
Add slipcovers to your kitchen chairs or change the cushions on dining room chairs. This is a simple but noticeable change and freshens up your furniture without having to buy any new major item.
One of the easiest ways to incorporate a seasonal theme throughout your home is with accessories. Use these colors in accent pillows on beds or sofas, cozy throws or blankets, vases, candles or decorative bowls filled with ornaments in your chosen shades.
Punch up the powder room
New towels in seasonal solids, patterns or festive trims carry through your look effectively. The powder room is one room your guests will use, so don’t forget about it.
Upgrade your drapery
Change your everyday drapery to your new color scheme. Fabrics like velvets or silks add a sense of luxury for the holidays.
The other emerging trend in holiday decor this season is sticking to more conventional decor elements, Grubb says. At its essence, this means reliving childhood memories and creating new ones for your family, he explains. “With families’ overwhelming schedules — for both the parents and children — more and more people want to decorate for the holidays, but take pause and make it a more interactive experience.” Get inspired with Grubb’s tips for getting tastefully traditional in your home this holiday.
Incorporate vintage decorations that have a homemade feel to give your decor a more traditional quality. Also think about using handed-down ornaments from prior generations to really add a nostalgic twist. “A few ornaments that were your great-grandmother’s, or other ornaments that were your parents’ allow you to share stories of past Christmas get-togethers,” Grubb says.
Incorporate your cultural background into your decor this season. “Using ethnic pieces reflecting a family culture creates a very personal, intimate feeling and pride of one’s heritage.”
Do a decor swap
Consider swapping ornaments and decorations with family members who are far away and can’t join you for the holidays. This is a great way to warm up your space and make it feel like loved ones are close by, even when they can’t be.
Natural elements like branches, leaves, pine cones and berries make simple, charming decorative elements in a traditional Christmas spirit.
Tie in toys
Vintage toys that remind us of childhood, like red wagons, Tonka toys and old train sets, can be used as accessories or decorations. Ask your parents if they have some of yours or your siblings’ they have kept, or get a new train with the family that will eventually be used in a future Christmas with your grandchildren.
Repurpose old items
When his grandmother passed away, Grubb repurposed some of her costume jewelry into decorations for his tree. You may have other items you have inherited that are in a box, and now is the time to use them. Says Grubb: “Look at them again and see if they can become a decoration of some sort, keeping the memory of a loved one who has passed present with you each holiday.”