Christmas Decoration Ideas from Top Interior Designers
We share with you Christmas decoration ideas from Top Interior Designers. If you pride yourself on having the most festive house on the block, don’t settle on the inside – it should be just as festive, colorful and cozy.
To help, here’s how of top interior designers spruce up their homes for the holidays, so you can follow their very stylish leads. Take a look!
Always start fresh
Designer Scott Meacham Wood says that “my usual first step is to completely discard any ideas that I’ve used before.” That way, each year is new and exciting. He even goes as far as putting the tree in a totally different room each year.
Repetition is always a classic
Repeating design statements adds serious impact. “If I decide to put a wreath in a window, I’ll almost always end up putting matching wreaths in every window.”, says Wood. Last year, he used the same plaid textiles all over his study to create a magical holiday retreat.
Embrace boxwood wreaths
Designer Amy Berry says she uses boxwood wreaths all over her house – in front of mirrors, tied onto furniture, anywhere. “It’s not nearly as messy as a garland can be”, says Amy.
No colors are off limits
Sophie Donelson, Editor-in-Chief of House Beautiful, borrowed inspirations from the White House’s Christmas decorator Bryan Fafenelli. Her holiday table relies on paper snowflakes and lemony accents to stand out.
There is always space for a tree, no exceptions, At least, according to Sarah Whit Interior Design. “In my twenties, I lived in an apartment where there was literally not an inch to spare – So I put the tree outside on the balcony and trimmed it with outdoor lights, pine cones, and gilded honeycombs.
Decorate your storage
Just because your hutch is simple during the rest of the year, doesn’t mean it should be a Scrooge come the holidays. Virginia Fynes from Fynes Designs tucks ornaments into baskets and tiered trays and sprinkles them with fake snow.
Go crazy with garland
For the designer CeCe Barfield Thompson, garlands are a go-to decoration. “They don´t take up much space and can be used in a number of ways that are child-friendly”, she says. Her favorite? Magnolia leaves. “I used two and tie them together at the top of my mirror so that they look like one large garland.
Scents are important
Smell plays an important part of the season, which is why designer Frank Bostelmann said not to underestimate it. “Nothing gets that feeling going quicker than a bowl full of clove pierced oranges”, he says. Or try a mulled wine with cinnamon.
Hang unexpected ornaments
If you want your tree to look unlike anyone else’s, don’t put the same decorations on it. Try skipping basic designs such as glass balls, and instead add your own personal touches, One idea? Designer Todd Klein put a collection of silk pincushions on one of his clients.
Do a final edit
Even though Scott Meacham Wood admits his style motto is usually “more is more”, he says it’s important to do a final edit. “I always try to create one big statement, then make sure everything else is secondary”, Wood says. Last year, he created a garland canopy but kept the rest low-key.