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5 Holiday Decorating Rules (and How to Break Them)

DECEMBER 6, 2015

It's time to get your home in the holiday spirit with some festive decorating tips. Don't get us wrong, we love to hang our garlands and decorate the tree but, this year consider breaking tradition with some of our fabulous interior designers favorite rules to break. 


1. Put Red to Bed


No Red Decorations

Photo credit: Domino


Interior designer Gabriela Eisenhart assures us that we can embrace the holiday spirit just as wholeheartedly without incorporating red holiday touches. 

Design tip: Try creating your own custom palette inspired by colors you’re already using in your everyday living spaces. 


2. Holiday Gems


Holiday Jewel Tones

Photo credit: Apartment 34


Designer Carrie Fundingsland of HOUSEplay Inc. is a big proponent of putting traditional palettes on pause. Instead she favors jewel tones like eggplant and citrine to bring a cheerful whimsical vibe to your interior.

Design tip:  Build a palette using unconventional shades in the same color family — citrine instead of green or fuchsia in place of red. These unexpected hues look best in high gloss finishes. 


3. A Clean Canvas


White Holiday Decorations

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Designers MAS Design offers up that you don't have to use go-to red and green to make your home holiday-ready. A well-crafted gold and winter white palette will invite the spirit of the season as much as a traditional palette will.   

Design tip: White lends itself to many striking color combos. Try it with metallics, high-gloss black or stick with a tonal all-white palette (this works beautifully in a small room). Or simply incorporate natural seasonal elements to give your space a chic rustic look. 


White & Rustic Holiday Table Setting

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4. More the Merrier


Traditional Red & White Hearth Decorations

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Interior designer Elle Cole believes that more is more when it comes to decorating for the holidays. Her rationale? It only happens once a year, so why not take advantage of it and go a little over the top with your design touches.

Design tip: Choose a familiar winter silhouette such as an evergreen or reindeer and turn it into a theme to use throughout and even carry from room to room.


5. Open New Doors


Unique Holiday Wreath

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Designer Eden Hibbert is all for rethinking the wreath to boost front door curb appeal. It doesn’t have to be the traditional wreath shape and it doesn’t need to be made of evergreen boughs. Instead, hang something unexpected but equally eye catching that delivers loads of style.

Design tip: Look to the color of your front door as an inspirational starting point, using colors in the same family or in contrasting but complementing hues. 


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