Whether traditional with a twist or fresh and festive, this year’s holiday décor trends are easier than ever to achieve. We asked professional interior designers for all the newest ways to make your home merry and bright this holiday season. The biggest trend? Keep it casual.
Be bold with silver and gold
Traditional, formal red and green holidays have been replaced with a mix of metallics. Silver and gold worn together have been a fashion trend for a while, and the idea of pairing all your glittery shades together is also a trend for the home.
Start with the ornaments on the tree. If you can’t find affordable ones, spray paint vintage finds and top them with a contrasting metallic ribbon. You can carry over the theme by spray painting greenery or decorating a wreath with metallic accents.
If silver and gold aren’t your thing, bright colors such as pink and aqua are trendy hues with a retro appeal. Classic ornaments in these tones can be found at thrift stores and garage sales.
Less formal holiday table
When the family gathers, there is no reason to be formal. Instead, mix items you already own, such as clear glassware and plain white plates, with some holiday touches.
Colored champagne flutes, a patterned salad plate, or greenery placed down the center of the table are all easy ways to dress up your place settings. For a truly stellar table, cut out stars from metallic craft paper and scatter them with translucent glitter to create a snowy effect. Pinecones dipped in fragrant cinnamon oil and then mixed with a few odd ornaments is just one of many festive centerpiece ideas.
Hand-crafted gift wrap
Skip the traditional holiday wrapping paper, which is often expensive and flimsy anyway, and choose sturdy butcher paper instead. Accent it with twine and greenery for a minimalist look, or spray paint stencils in star or bell shapes with metallic paint if you’re going for a gold and silver theme.
You can also wrap gifts in newspaper or colored comic pages trimmed with bright ribbon. It’s a fun, cheap way to make your packages pop!
Classic Christmas trees can be messy and often take up too much space, especially if your living room is small. Take a cue from Scandinavian style and decorate with a simple pine branch in a pretty pot. Trimmed with airy paper ornaments, it’s a modern twist on the traditional fir tree.
Alternatively, a tree cut out of plywood or ornaments arranged in a tree shape on a wall (stuck with adhesive strips) are both minimalist and merry. You can even spray paint a few Styrofoam floral cones in metallic or jewel shades for a midcentury modern look.
Another way to make a statement? Give an antique tea tray, sugar, and creamer new life as a “wreath.” If you don’t own these pieces already, you can find similar ones at thrift stores or garage sales. Mixed with berries and a big ribbon, this wreath substitute is an elegant change from typical greenery.
If you want to go for a more traditional garland, a basic magnolia wreath can be used season after season. Dress it up with pumpkins or pheasant feathers for fall, ornaments for the holidays, and pastel balls for spring — even red, white, and blue accents on the Fourth of July. It is the best way to keep the celebration going all year long!
Give your living room a glam makeover with this sofa group from Simmons. Consider it a holiday gift—to yourself.
What would the holidays be without our traditions, from the tree and the turkey to the football game and parade? Everyone knows apple pie will be served for dessert, your uncle will fall asleep on the couch, and the kids will ask to stay up all night.
While honoring those beloved traditions this year, we invite you to add your own creativity to the season. We asked RAC customers to share their ideas for creating holiday magic, and we offer them here, along with a few of our own suggestions as well.
O’ Christmas Tree
The Tradition: Whether you cut it yourself, buy it fresh off a lot, or unpack it from the attic, the Christmas tree is an enduring holiday tradition. Each ornament evokes a memory and nudges us to recall people and places from the past: Baby’s first Christmas, classroom projects, family heirlooms, and more are represented.
The Twist: Host an ornament exchange where guests bring a gently used or handmade ornament to give. Encourage them to share the special story or meaning behind what they brought. In this way, you’ll add to your own collection of ornaments — and memories — while helping family and friends to do the same.
The Topper: Gather friends to decorate a tree in a neighborhood park or central square. Include ornaments that double as bird treats so all area residents feel included.
Come and Get It
The Tradition: The smell of Grandma’s pies, the hum of conversation emanating from the kitchen, the glowing candles atop a special tablecloth — the holiday meal is at the center of many family traditions.
The Twist: This year, pair family and friends together and assign them an aspect of the meal to bring and/or make, such as bread, veggies, salad, or dessert. Give the teams free reign to be creative for the potluck! You’ll discover new traditions while encouraging family bonding.
The Topper: Grandma used to tell stories about the crumb cake her grandmother made. Dig into lost or forgotten traditions by finding old recipes online. Or, make a new dish inspired by your family heritage. Lutefisk and lefse, anyone?
The Tradition: From The Grinch and It’s a Wonderful Life to the New Year’s Eve countdown in Times Square, the Thanksgiving Day Parade, and football (so much football), we love watching TV together. Bring in extra chairs, pile pillows on the floor, and invite everyone into the living room.
The Twist: This year, ask TV-watchers to write down what they most enjoy about the movie or event that’s on. Save the answers to read aloud next year.
The Topper: Watching it all happen is fun, but making it happen yourself is even better. Turn your TV-watching tradition into an activity by building a snowman, volunteering, or caroling together. These experiences are what everyone will remember the most about the holidays.