Holiday Decorating Ideas For Contemporary & Neutral Spaces
Decorating for the holidays is about creating a cozy, warm and hospitable experience whether you host numerous parties and overnight guests or you simply enjoy peaceful solitude in the season.
Many people struggle with the prospect of introducing seasonal color and patterns into their contemporary or neutral spaces.
Creating a comfortable “warming effect” in your home for the holiday season is about appealing to the senses in a tactile and experiential way, not necessarily in a traditional holiday fashion. Simple holiday decor is endlessly livable, with a longer shelf life through winter.
Adding texture, rustic and sensual touches will suggest a seasonal change while transforming the most austere loft or condo into a welcoming home. This is also a big trend in home decor for 2016-2017, as neutral colors are having a resurgence. When decorating with neutrals you need to mix textures to create interest. For holiday it is a matter of “turning up the heat” with subtle touches that make a house a home.
7 Best Elements to Create a Holiday Home
Here are seven elements to create inviting holiday home decor:
Light creates a holiday mood like no other design element. An empty room can be magical, simply because of lighting. A tastefully, decorated room will be uninviting with cold, dreary light. Multiple candles, clustered votives, spot lights, incandescent table lamps, white Christmas lights and wood fires are endlessly romantic.
Texture is an essential element for visual interest and ups the coziness factor in a room. This comes from plush wool or cashmere throws, layering hand-woven, novelty or knitted pillows, natural, rustic accessories including baskets, wood, stone or slate pieces. Mix complementary pillow textures, like smooth with chunky, shine with matte, etc.
Shine. Adding subtle shimmer adds luminous sophistication to a holiday room. Silver, gold and copper metallic fabrics, beads and details on pillows, trays, mercury glass, hand-blown candle holders and serving pieces add a magical sparkle.
Handmade imperfection is perfect for adding warmth to contemporary and urban interiors. Accessories such as chunky, hand knit throws and pillows, hand-woven textiles and rugs, hand-cut wood boards and trays, hand blown glass, stone vessels, hand-thrown ceramics, soften a room and help create a comforting space.
Nature added to a room in the form of flowers, plants, twigs, trees, wreaths, wood, stone slabs, slate and marble serving pieces add natural texture and beauty to a room. Rustic elements in modern spaces are a hot trend in home decor.
Scent. Add natural fragrance to a room. Balsam fir, pumpkin spice, paper whites, cinnamon, a burning fire, etc., in candles, infusers, flowers, plants and seasonal foods stimulates the imagination and sets an exciting party mood.
Sound. Make your own playlist of holiday, cocktail or party music. It can transform the atmosphere better than any design element, except lighting.
Neutral holiday rooms provide a backdrop to add and rotate seasonal color like autumnal shades, rich reds and black accents. Use pillows, throws, area rugs, flowers, plants and colorful serveware to interject a pop of seasonal color.
Festive holiday neutral style works in any region, from a Boston condo, a Brooklyn loft, Aspen, California beachfront or Florida coastal home.
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