For Christmases past, holiday décor revelers have hosted slick city celebrations with flashy, futuristic ornaments, eye-popping colors, and fresh, energized décor that made the winter holidays unseasonably hot.
And while those bright and whimsical touches are still fashionable for the 2017 holiday season, the décor pictures on Pinterest and the ornamental pieces available at home decor retailers are trending toward the neutral and natural.
Now, trendsetters such as Country Living, Elle, and House Beautiful are displaying sweet, homey, warm ideas to welcome the season inside and outside your home.
Each room of your home will have its own role to play as holiday guests drop by, with its own furniture and accents to enhance with holiday cheer. Here is a room-by-room overview of what to expect as the holidays set in and 2017 comes to a close.
Many people find that the living room, great room, or den are ideal places for the Christmas centerpiece, the tree. The rest of the year may be a time for the fireplace to shine or a favorite piece of furniture to be the focal point, but the tree claims December.
This year’s Christmas ornaments are inspired by the woodsy outdoors of Christmas fairytales, colored in all shades of frosty greens, deep reds, snowy whites and off-whites. Many are made of – or made to invoke – natural materials, like wood, leaves and needles, snow, and metals. Strings of dried flowers and fruits in gem colors and soft pastels adorn trees and mantels for a bountiful farmhouse feel. Faux candles are replacing the usual twinkle lights for a very vintage look.
Also, consider having smaller, differently themed trees in separate rooms to greet guests everywhere as they tour your home.
The tree isn’t the only place to show off those outdoorsy ornaments and holiday trinkets. Move out the books and pictures, and make holiday vignettes on your shelves with bowls of ornaments and pine cones, unique candles, and gifts wrapped in neutral shades of butcher paper and wallpaper and accented with sprigs of rosemary and sticks of cinnamon. Use battery-powered white lights to make them sparkle in the firelight.
Take advantage of surfaces like sofas for checked holiday throws and pillows and tables for holiday runners. If you happen to have a bar in your main living space, now is the time to break out the copper Moscow mule cups, glass goblets, and silver martini shaker. Look for cute stocking holders for the mantel to surprise Santa.
Make your place settings and centerpiece warm and welcoming with fruit and herbal motifs. Tie napkins with small boughs or cinnamon sticks. Try a soft centerpiece of large, luscious flowers or one made of different-sized water glasses filled with floating cranberries still on the twig.
Decorate the table with gem-toned citrus, apples, plums, and pomegranates and earthy sprigs of pine and berries.
Hang lights and ornaments from the chandelier for a lofty treat that makes guests look upward and give the table extra height.
Choose classic holiday plates and silverware colors and patterns in neutral colors and shapes. Think less of a bright raucous holiday shindig and more of a cozy family supper.
Kitchen & Elsewhere
Kitchen: It’s the small changes in the kitchen that count: holiday dishtowels, bakeware, and mugs. This room tends to be the busiest, so adding lots of ornaments can get in the way of its function. But it also has lots of nooks and crannies that can hold a pinch of holiday cheer here and there.
Stairs: Prettily wrapped packages at stacked at the end of each riser is a lovely look. Wrap the fake presents in wallpaper for a sturdiness and a glossy finish.
Bathrooms: Looks for holiday soaps, towels, and wall art.
Entryway: Decorate benches with boughs and place decorative scarves, hats, and gloves on hooks.