A beautiful doorway complete with a spectacular snow glazed wreath; an elegant dining room table set for a king; garland perfectly draped over the staircase banister; and the living room that’s festive yet classy with a beautiful Christmas tree at the center of it all. No matter how hard you try, you just can’t seem to make your home look like the magazines.
Robin Wilson is president of Robin Wilson Home in New York City, a featured designer on HGTV’s Selling NY and has done design projects for regular budgets and A-list celebrities like Bill Clinton and Robert Kennedy Jr. She gives a few simple tips to create that perfect look for the holiday home:
- Your color palate should be warm, inviting and comfortable. An easy and inexpensive project is to change the paint color in the living room or dining room. Stay away from bright and bold and focus on muted and flat earth tones like warm grays (such as Home Depot’s color: Elephant Skin) or greens and browns. Add a small pop of color with some classy decorations that are silver, deep red or gold.
- Create a stunning centerpiece – A beautiful dining room table starts with a centerpiece that turns heads. Think big, bold and fill clear vases with gold or silver accents and deep red and white flowers, surrounded by a bed of twigs, birch bark and touches of greenery. Add some votive or flameless candles to bring it to life.
- Replace knick knacks – Remove non-holiday items and replace them with inexpensive and easy to make holiday-themed items: pine cones, birch bark, sprigs of berries, pomegranates and Christmas tree shavings mixed together in a glass vase or spread out on a classy tray or bowl.
- Rearrange furniture – The goal here is twofold: move your couches and tables in a way that encourages conversation while opening upthe space to spotlight a particular object in the room, usually a well-decorated mantle or Christmas tree.
- Be consistent with holiday lights – White holiday LED lights are the best choice because they’ll go with any color scheme and they are energy efficient and fire-safe. Sometimes less is more when it comes to lights, especially indoor holiday lighting.
- Make it smell like the holidays - To make it feel like the holidays it needs to smell like the holidays. Candles not only add a visual element and warmth, they come in a variety of scents from Christmas cookie, balsam fir, pumpkin pie, warm apple cider and more. Or just bake some cookies to give your home that holiday smell.
- Add Decorative Accents – Consider warm reds and greens and a fleece throw in a holiday pattern. A great excuse to curl up on the couch with family and friends.