Holiday Decorating with Style

The holidays are among us and while some of you may have your decorating plan all squared away, there are others who may need a little inspiration with their holiday decorating. Check out our tips on how to incorporate holiday decor into your home and celebrate with style!

Classic Holiday Decorating with a Twist

Gold and silver ornaments will never go out of style. Why would they? They work with everything! You can mix in other colors for a red & gold or silver & blue themed holiday season. Although, we suggest switching up the classic metalics a bit by adding in rose gold, bringing in texture or a new pattern to give your decor some added interest. The possibilities are endless…

Wreath It Special

Entry doors during the holiday season can give guests a sneak peek as to the theme of your holiday decor that is awaiting them on the inside. While wreaths are the most common decor item placed on doors, they do not have to be the typical green with holly and bows by any means! You can go subtly chic with gilded faux magnolia, complete the “my kid did it” look in a classy way with a pompom wreath, or a succulent inspired look. Whichever route you choose, it should be special and fabulous as it sets the tone for all of your holiday decor!

The Skirt Must Fit!

Proportions are the cornerstone of good design. Your tree skirt should completely cover your tree stand yet not trip someone as they walk by. What does that mean exactly and how do you determine what is the best size? Measure the width of your tree stand as well as your tree (or look on the box for the diameter). Your tree skirt should be larger than the stand but smaller than the outer branches of your tree. A good rule of thumb is to use a 56” tree skirt for trees that are 9’ and taller, 48” skirts for 7.5’ trees, and 42”- 48” skirts for trees that are 4.5’ to 6.5’ in height. Don’t forget the style of your skirt should coordinate with the rest of your holiday decor.

Outside the Box Holiday Decorating

In the past few years, we have seen upside-down trees and even those made from dress forms that look like skirts. While these used to be “outside the box”, they are starting to become more and more popular so this year if you really want to be different try decorating with an uber-modern tree. Not all trees need branches and this would look super cool especially if you have a modern home or want to class it up a bit!

Quirky Color

The holidays are typically filled with red and green decor on everything imaginable from trees and wreaths to table settings and pillows but who says Christmas can only be green and red? And who says a tree even HAS to be green in order to spread holiday cheer? Try out a quirky Christmas tree in pink or all-white or throwback to the 70’s with a silver tinsel tree! How fun are these?!

Mix High & Low

As with your interior décor, a mix of high and low priced ornaments and decorations make for a complete and lusher holiday setting. Splurge on a lovely antique tree topper or use a simple yet elegant (and more cost-effective) ribbon bow. Break the bank on a sentimental hand blown glass ornament that celebrates the birth of a new baby while using less expensive bulk purchased ornaments and ribbon as your base.


This article is sponsored by Beyond the Box Interiors


Layers for Days

The trick to amazing decor whether it is holiday-themed or your everyday styling is to decorate with layers. For example, a simple unimpressive string of garland can be amped up with a layer of holly, ornaments, and ribbon. Or your dining table can go from drab to impressive with placemats, name cardholders, and a centerpiece that has varying heights and textures. Whichever area of your home that you are decorating, be sure to incorporate a base layer, a middle layer, and then finishing touches in order to deck the halls this holiday season.

Sentimental is Stylish

Holiday decor does not have to be “please do not touch that.” It doesn’t have to be all about the best looking tree in the neighborhood. Having your kiddos join in on the holiday decorating fun is part of the joy the season brings. So go ahead, let them decorate the tree even if that means part of the tree is bare (or you can always fill in the missing areas later). One note is to make sure the ornaments are the non-shattering kind. This will prevent the inevitable mess that can occur with dropping glass ornaments. However, if you must have a show stopper of a tree in your main living area, consider a second tree. Place this one in another area of your home that is dedicated to the family heirloom, sentimental, and kiddo ornaments. There are plenty of kid-friendly ornaments that are on trend right now such as bottle brush, felt, and fun color palettes.

Finish the Look

The theme you have selected for your tree should inform the rest of your décor. Whether that is rustic elegance with pine cones and burlap or glitzy glam with silver ornaments and blue ribbon, pull the theme into your tablescapes, interior décor, and holiday linens. The finishing touch is when you feel like it’s “almost too much” but not over the top. Live just on the edge of chic Santa’s workshop without going full-on Mrs. Claus has lost her mind!

Pro Tips

Tip #1: Tired of the same holiday decor year after year in your home? A simple solution is to mix up the ornaments by switching out sets every year. This is easy to do by purchasing multi-colored ornament sets. Use one color this year and the other color next year and rotate them annually. Just make sure that they coordinate with the rest of your decor so you don’t have to purchase everything new.

Tip #2: Make a choice — everything real or faux? Your decor will blend much better if you stick to one or the other for your tree, wreath, and garland. Still debating on which is better for the environment? There are pluses and minuses to both.

Tip #3: Purchase after the holidays (for next year). Retailers have been sitting on their holiday inventory since August and they want it OUT of their warehouses. You will be able to get holiday décor deeply discounted at large box retailers and small shops alike. Start planning now for next year’s holiday cheer!

Beyond the Box Interiors is a full-service design firm that lives by the philosophy “design for the real world”. We believe that great design should not only reflect your style and personality. It should also result in livable, functional spaces that you truly love. Our firm offers design consultations, kitchen & bath design, interior decor, home staging, event/holiday design, and e‑design services. We are here to help you every step of the way. We strive to deliver a design that will be “Beyond the Box”.

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Lanna Ali-Hassan & Barri Branker
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Lanna and Barri are the founders of Beyond the Box Interiors, a full-service interior design firm located in Frederick, MD and Alexandria, VA. They live by the philosophy “design for the real world” because they believe that great design should not only reflect your style and personality but should also result in livable, functional spaces that you truly love. When not designing amazing interiors for their clients, they can be found enjoying art, music, their beloved pets and exploring their wonderful neighborhoods.

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1 thoughts on “Holiday Decorating with Style

  1. Michelle Latinovich says:

    Some great tips for holiday decorating! I love how you added to mix high and low. My favorite, however, is sentimental is stylish. I absolutely love decorating, but adding the sentimental flare gives it the cozy feeling that you just can’t get otherwise! Thanks for the great read!

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