Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Holiday Decorating Trends

Thanks to Karen Mills for her post "Holiday Decorating Trends for 2009"

Ready to create a “wow” factor with your holiday decorating? Let me share some hot trends and tips for success. When I start a holiday decorating project for a commercial client, I begin by selecting a great color combination and theme that fits with the existing design style and architecture. So why not do the same in your home?
Wall pocket wreath by Karen Mills

Some great color combinations could be raspberry or purple with brown and green, red with a lighter green and copper or a blue and green combo. And if you like something more contemporary that’s a kickback to the 80s try combining blues with silver. Woodsy natural decorations still rule as the most popular theme and when I’m decorating, I often take a stroll through the woods to find just the right items whether its pinecones or tree boughs.

However, if you don’t have access to fallen items in the woods, you can still invest in quality lifelike greenery and place it around your front door, chandeliers, mantels or bannisters to start. But if you’re looking for a theme that’s a little more unique, bring out a favorite collection of items and use them as your starting point.

Barclay Butera's nutcracker collection

You can also create drama in your home by hanging an upside down tree from your ceiling or by adding an arched tree over an entrance. If you’re strapped for time, focus on two on three key areas such as the front door/entryway, fireplace and dining room table instead of trying to decorate the entire house. Not only will it be less stressful, but by using all your decorations in specific areas, you’ll add more of a “wow” factor to your decor. To learn more about holiday decorating trends and tips for this year, don’t miss Living Large on News Radio 980 KMBZ this Sunday at 10am Central as I talk about Holiday Decorating with nationally known interior designer Barclay Butera, floral designer Craig Sole and other experts in holiday decorating along with actress Lauren Braton who’s currently starring in It’s a Wonderful Life radio play. Or check out Living Large on Saturday at 10:30am on Classical 1660 KXTR on Holiday Decorating too.

Barclay Butera's bowl of Christmas ornaments
Links to interview on Living Large here.
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