I love the holidays. The cookies, the cocktails, the framily time. But one thing I’m not always crazy about, at least in my own home, is the in-yo-face red and green and tinsel and popcorn-on-a-string. I’m kind of particular about my home, and a lot of the traditional holiday décor just isn’t really my style.
Because being a scrooge is also not my style, over the years I’ve figured out how to make my space feel festive without feeling kitschy or cheesy or over the top. The key is to incorporate elements that feel warm and special to create a look that’s sort of like an elevated take on everyday style. Here’s a step-by-step.
Choose a Color.
In general, accent décor feels more sophisticated when the color palette is restrained, and the same goes for the holidays. I like red and green, just not together. So I usually stick to green because it’s my personal favorite, and use it as an accent color. It’s incredibly easy to incorporate with bunches of evergreen branches in a pretty crystal vase, or paper tree cutouts hung from a string, or mistletoe in the doorways. When it comes to decorating a tabletop, I usually combine festive shades with ones that are already found it my decor to tie everything in together.
Now silver and gold I can get down with. I love metallics, since they’re essentially just a bling-y neutral and they instantly make your décor feel fancier (which, to me, is at the heart of holiday decorating. I want my house to feel like a dressed-up version of my house). A few of my go-to decorations are metallic ornaments piled in bowl on the kitchen island and collections of vintage brass and sterling candlesticks lined up down the table (like in the photo above).
Finish with Fur.
If you need to add glamour to any situation in your life, the answer is always, always fur. Plus, not only is faux fur chic, it’s cozy and basically synonymous with winter, which makes it a must in my book for holiday decorating. The extra good news this year is that faux-fur also happens to be a major trend. I’ve had a few faux-fur pillows for a while now, but I just got a gorgeous new throw blanket from Pottery Barn that’s going to be a staple on my sofa through the holiday season (and because I live in Chicago, probably through May.).
Disclosure: The faux fur throw in the images shown was courtesy of Pottery Barn.