Even if you don’t have the budget or the experience of an expert decorator, there are some simple lessons anyone can learn to become a more proficient holiday decorator. Whether your style is sleek elegance or over-the-top abundance, there’s something to suit each taste during this festive time of the year.
The New York Times recently sat down with the founders of two leading design firms to get an idea of how they go about decorating their own homes. Here’s what they found out.
Don’t be afraid to mix styles
For many people, the holiday season is full of traditions and vivid memories from years gone by. It is often an important part of the decorating process to include clear nods to these inspirations, whether by providing a traditional look or displaying family keepsakes that evoke those ties to the past.
At the same time, it is always appropriate to venture out of tradition to develop a unique style of your own. For the pros, this can be accomplished by dedicating different areas of the home to specific styles of decor. One level of a home might be a haven of tradition while another can be alive with new trends, funky accessories, and whatever else makes the mood merry.
Look beyond the material stuff
While it’s fun to shop for mass-produced ornaments and trimmings, there are often more creative, cost-effective, and memorable options. This could involve finding a new use for antiques around the house or going out into nature to find something beautiful that would draw attention to the Christmas tree.
Lights and sparkling tinsel have their place, but finding more subdued looks can provide some contrast and depth that will create a truly unique space to ring in the holidays.