Here are some holiday decorating tips from the experts:
• Repeat elements such as colors, shapes and textures throughout a room. Designer Diane Kane Kane tucks pheasant feathers in mantel garland and in a centerpiece on a nearby table. Designer Christina Lynn Miller repeats sparkly snowflake ornaments and plum-colored balls in several vignettes.
• For a professional-looking tree, choose a theme, but limit the number of different elements (such as birds, poinsettias, snowflakes, etc.).
• When choosing holiday-themed accessories, “simpler is better,” said decorator Rhonda McElroy. “Only use a few statement pieces, such as a bouquet of dried hydrangeas and roses.”
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• Mix textures, such as smooth and matte finishes, for visual interest in arrangements.
• Juxtapose rustic items (feathers, pine cones, spruce garlands) with sleek ones (mercury-glass spheres, burgundy ribbon).
• Try battery-operated candles and lights. There are more style choices, they’re safer than flame candles, and some have an automatic shut-off. Plus, a lit garland can be draped and wrapped anywhere because no outlet is required.
• Add dimension to your décor by twisting together three different artificial garlands (such as pine, cedar and one with silver foliage), then wrap the garland around a mirror or drape it across a mantel.
• In a contemporary-style home, try a tall, slender tree strung with lights and trimmed with only a few decorative picks and ornaments.
• Soften silver finishes with touches of antique gold.
• For a finishing touch, place small ball ornaments (all in one color) inside glassware in a china cabinet.