Decorating Ideas

Use Traditional Colors in Holiday Decorating

The holidays are fast approaching and many of us are beginning to plan our holiday menus, gifts and décor. You can shop for groceries or gifts at the last minute, but it is difficult to wait until the last minute to decorate.

So for those of you who already have visions of sugar plums dancing in your head, here are some new ideas for decorating with traditional Christmas colors and décor!

Traditional colors of green and red, gold and silver can add warmth and whimsy to your décor. Using traditional symbols, shapes and materials may also add an air of nostalgia of holidays past. Whether you want to use these colors in all your décor or as part of a themed tree or wreath, traditional colors and materials are wonderfully versatile.

For a great tree try using ornaments made from wood or metal in traditional holiday shapes like stars and crosses. Add pine cones, sprigs of berries and grapevine garland. Red and gold glass ornaments and a touch of gold ribbon can really make a wonderful display.

Maybe monochromatic is more your style – you’ll find lots to choose from in gold, silver and platinum. Adding sparkling ornaments in different shapes to catch the reflection of the lights will add an extra twinkle to any tree, mantel or wreath. And here’s a hint: add light green along with the gold and silver. It makes a surprisingly beautiful display.

How about red and white? Candy canes never go out of fashion and using red and white solid and striped ornaments mixed in among cute white snowmen all dressed in red will make everyone wish for snow! Add a collectible Mark Robert’s peppermint fairy as a focal point (and gift for that special someone) and top it all off with a wonderful oversized red and white mesh bow!

There’s no doubt that traditional colors and shapes are back this holiday season. Happy decorating!

Joy Watson is the Marketing Director for Atlantic Avenue Orchid and Garden. She is also a freelance writer and loves to write about gardening and pets. She lives in Clayton, NC with her dog Jake.

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