Designer’s Best Kept Secrets to Decorating For the Holidays - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

1.Choose the right color and theme for your holiday décor.

  • Decide on a theme based on the colors and style of your home. Pick colors that complement your walls, furniture, and year-round accessories.
  • Coordinate the style and colors with a theme. Classic looks can be modernized with large-scale glass ornaments and trees, while rustic themes can be accessorized with antlers and lanterns.
  • For homes with neutral base colors like creams and ivories, gold and champagne provide a glamorous color base. Silver tones and mercury-glass are visually appealing in homes with gray tones and blue hues.

2. Create a focal point

  • Decorating for the holidays can be overwhelming if you have an assortment of décor pieces. Instead of randomly placing decorations on an empty shelf or table, use the three-point focus solution; it creates a cohesive look by picking one main area in the room to focus your décor along with two smaller areas.
  • For living rooms, a tree will be the central area to showcase your colors and theme.
  • Choose two other areas in the room to pull in the look. Garlands, arrangements, wreaths and tabletop décor are ways to adorn the room with the style and colors of your tree.
  • Color blocking is an excellent way to create focal points and different textures create visual interest.

3. Bring in accent pieces

  • Accent pieces can illuminate a room and unify your style. Pull from the colors used to decorate the tree and incorporate those colors into the accent areas throughout the home.
  • Accenting with colors and styled décor within your theme highlight the room and offer a visually pleasing balance.
  • Heighten your décor by incorporating different textures such as pillows and throws.
  • If you want to combine a few pieces together, remember the 1-3-5 tip. Place items in odd numbered groups or keep it simple and clean by keeping larger décor pieces by themselves.

4. Add a personal touch

  • One of the best things about decorating for the holidays are the traditions and heirlooms we pass down through generations. Heirlooms and collectibles derive sentimental value but may look separate from the theme and style of your holiday décor.
  • Instead of placing the family’s Santa alone on a shelf, integrate him into your holiday pieces.
  • Add vases filled with your tree ornaments, place the Santa with an arrangement from your color scheme, or simply add candles for a warm touch.

5. Establish a cohesive look

  • The best way to create a cohesive look throughout the home is by focusing on one main color that can be used in every room.
  • Choose your main color by finding which color is used most in your largest decor piece or tree.
  • For a cleaner look, use seasonal greenery by itself to adorn or accent areas. Holiday greenery is a neutral palette that can be elaborated upon with myriad color schemes and styles.

6. Deck your door and entry

  • The front door and entryway sets the tone for the interior of your home. This is also a great way to show your festivity and creativeness to the neighbors and community.
  • Make a grand statement with larger greenery pieces or décor items. Putting a wreath on the front door is classic, but this is also a great time to think outside the box. Instead of a wreath, consider using a teardrop or swags for the front door.
  • One tip is to decorate vertically; this will make your entryway look grand and tall.
  • For a vintage or rustic look, use a repurposed mailbox with an arrangement.
  • Another unique design idea is to fill topiaries with large-scale outdoor ornaments.

7. Take it outside

  • When decorating outside the house, let everyone know your inner Griswold! Stick with your theme and don’t be afraid to play with color. Red and white is classic but green and white offers an elegant look while still using traditional colors.
  • Create focal points for the outside applying the same rules used for the interior.
  • To create a balanced look, use lights along the roofline as well as the ground. Decorate with lights on the ground by picking a larger tree or bushes.
  • For potted plants or bushes, balance your lights using the doorway as a base and place them symmetrically on both sides.
  • Greenery is a great addition to outdoor décor and is visually appealing during the day.
  • Consider using garland to outline your entryway or wrap it around columns or poles. Wreaths and swags can also be hung over windows to create a festive look.

8. Think transitional

  • After spending all that time decorating the house, don’t let it go to waste by having to pack it all up again at the beginning of the year. We recommend thinking about using transitional pieces that can be tweaked or added upon depending on the season.
  • One benefit of using natural greenery is its multi-seasonal appeal. Pair a magnolia garland with pine cones, acorns and fall leaves to transform your table into a harvest-themed display. After Thanksgiving, replace the acorns and leaves with ornaments.
  • Add in color-themed floral picks and a set of battery-operated rice lights to bring the table into December.

In the end, design is about the collaboration of style, function and emotion. It varies for every home, but using these basic principles will help transform creativity into reality.