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How to Add Color to Christmas Décor

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When decorating homes for Christmas, many turn to the traditional holiday colors of red and green. While these colors have an air of traditional festivity, they can get pretty monotonous and overwhelming, especially if your décor doesn’t change much from year to year. Try something different this Christmas by incorporating a wider selection of colors to complement your holiday decorations. It’s a small change, but it will make your home a grand visual treat for you and your guests.

Here are a few tips to help you get started:

Decide on a Color Scheme

Before matching colors together, first decide on a main color scheme. However, keep in mind that green and red are standby Christmas colors on most décor pieces, so work your color scheme around that. Once you have decided, use a color wheel as a guide. This will ensure that the colors you end up selecting will beautifully complement each other. For example, to tone down the usage of the color red, you may want to use pink or red-orange in its place. You may even add yellow into the mix to create a beautiful glow.

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Gorgeous Christmas Centerpieces

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Christmas centerpieces can spell the difference between a sophisticated holiday design and one that is uninspiring. Capturing the attention of guests as they enter the room, choosing a showpiece that sparks conversation is essential in holiday decorating. With a majestic tree as focal point of your living room or entryway, here are some stunning Christmas centerpiece ideas for your home:

Table Magic

Weave magic on your table as you wine and dine your guests with simple yet alluring table centerpieces. Play around with these inspirations for a warm yet elegant holiday table:

  • Glowing Illumination: Candles make a beautiful centerpiece with their enchanting illumination. Give votive candles a fresh appeal by securing the candle at the center of a glass bowl, filling the bowl with ornaments, and placing it on a pedestal plate. Another alternative is to decorate a grapevine wreath with a mix of poinsettias and pinecones, then place a single candle at the center. For a more modern look, use a wreath of red and gold Christmas balls.
  • Sparkly Wonders: Glass cloches are perfect for displaying ornaments on a table in a neat, elegant manner. Fill a glass cloche with a mix of Christmas ornaments (choose a color theme based on your overall home décor), cover with a ceramic plate, and place at the center of the table. In lieu of a cloche, you can also use slender, tall glasses or vases and fill with an array of ornaments.
  • Rustic Charm: Transform an oval wooden basket with handle into a classic centerpiece by filling it with sprigs of greenery, pinecones, and holiday berries. You can also make a vibrant display of flowers in a low vase more alluring by surrounding the vase with faux or fresh red holiday berries. For a more varied look, glue berries and greenery to the vase in a striped pattern. Add cinnamon sticks to the array to make it scented centerpiece fit for the holidays. For a rustic-themed candle display, turn to the 9 Inch Bronze Bell Candlestick, which features artfully crafted bronze spherical bells in a bronze finish.
  • Playful Treats: Nothing urges cheery thoughts like sweet treats that remind us of childhood joy. Fill several glass jars of varying heights with a variety of holiday treats, from peppermint sticks to striped lollipops, for an enticing display. A layered glass tray also achieves the same purpose.