Easy Christmas Decor Tips
Layer Red and Green
Don't worry if your tableware doesn't match. For a modern twist on the traditional holiday table, layer red and green tableware in different hues and designs.
Create a Jolly Tablescape
Every decoration doesn't have to feature Santa and Rudolph. You can create a lovely still life by using red and green objects. Hint: Stick to one type of material, like glass. Here, we grouped vases, bottles, and goblets.
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Just for the holidays: Try hanging red and green tassels on your doors, desk, chest of drawers. They're a nice detail, a lovely finishing touch, and a look you can achieve on a budget.
Try an Unexpected Material
We took a simple mirror and outlined it in Christmas greenery, then stuck in about 60 feathers. They go in all different directions: The whole idea is that they appear to dance and sway and play.
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Forgo the Garland in Favor of Candles
Instead of a garland, a great way to dress a mantel is to fill it with a mix of candlesticks — tall, small, mercury glass, crystal — and put a beautiful vase of flowers in their midst. Everything glitters. And instead of ivory candles, use red, cranberry, shades of green. That gives it another twist. Very festive!
Create the Christmas Aroma
Involve scents with decorating, too. If there's nothing in the oven, try lighting cinnamon or spice-scented candles.
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Make the Banister Festive
Banisters can be tricky to decorate. For a light, airy, and cheerful look, try stringing red and white paper bells together with fishing line. (Tip: Get creative with your decorations. We found these at a wedding supply store!)
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Ribbons & Wrapping
Don't hold back when you're wrapping Christmas gifts. Make them exuberant! You don't have to limit yourself to matching the ribbon to the paper. Put polka dots and checks on a flowery filigree like this. So much more joyful. It's as much a gift as the gift itself.