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Design experts share holiday decor trends and tips for all styles

You can bring a fresh spin to your home’s festive look by pairing unexpected items, bringing beloved collections into the forefront and personalizing the color palette. Consider these tips and trends for the 2015 holiday season.

Be merry with metallic

Add sophistication to your family tree with a silver, gold or crystal vintage-inspired garland and mix of ornaments, suggests Atlanta interior decorator Julie Montgomery, owner of Julie Montgomery Interiors. Keep the vintage-inspired sophistication going throughout the home with a grouping of old family photos or framed vintage holiday cards placed on the mantel or side table.


Even if your china is not a traditional holiday color, you can still set your table or display the pieces. Montgomery suggests using gilded stemware in soft colors (think blush or amber) when entertaining.

Mix shiny, matte and glitter ornaments instead of just choosing one style, says Sarah Fishburne, director of trend and design at the Home Depot. Another item making a comeback in displays: decorative faux fruit with an iced finish.


The classic Christmas red can be mixed with softer metallic hues. Don’t be afraid to layer materials such as rose gold, copper, silver and bronze, in displays on trees, mantles and tabletops, the designers say.

Trending hues include gray, platinum and brown. For greens, Fishburne is seeing a shift away from evergreen and emerald green to a grass green or chartreuse. Even blues and aquas can be paired with red for a classic and even nostalgic look, she said.

You can carry your palette through rooms, even if they have different themed trees or decor styles, such as traditional and rustic. “When you do mix that, it does make it very approachable and livable,” Fishburne said.



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