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How To Ditch The Red and Green For Modern Holiday Décor

Written by Jaymi Naciri Posted On Sunday, 29 November 2015 08:27

Still rocking red and green everything and a tinsel-covered tree for Christmas? Might be time for a holiday décor upgrade. You do regular updates to your home's everyday décor, right? Why stick with the same ‘ole stuff when it comes to the holiday season.

Need some inspiration to modernize or glamorize your holiday home? Check out these examples.

Christmas in black and white

Who says you need to go all red and green to show your holiday spirit?

"Let a black-and-white palette be the antidote to tinsel and flashing colored lights," said Sunset. "Spray-paint inexpensive nutcrackers white, then place them at attention beneath a paper-loop wreath. If you happen to have dark walls, this look can be especially pleasing."

Learn how to make the wreath on their website.


Sticking with the black-and-white theme, how ‘bout upgrading your old Christmas tree blanket this year? This geometric Christmas Tree Blanket, Triangle from Ferm Living, will bring in a little style under your tree.

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Dressing the mantel

Decorating the mantel is one of the easiest ways to pump up the holiday flavor in your home. But what's not always so easy is getting the look right. This DIY version uses a framed, chalkboard-painted backdrop to showcase a simple green wreath, with a combination of greenery and twinkling lights below.

This festive and vibrant display uses a collection of holiday-inspired and everyday home décor items you can find at stores like Target, HomeGoods, or TJ Maxx - an easy, inexpensive trick for creating a magazine-worthy look.

the nest

Go coastal

Freshome also likes the idea of decorating with blue at Christmas, and bringing in elements to create a coastal feel.

"A frosted decor livened with blue tones can really make a difference this Christmas," they said. "Adding some starfish and jellyfish tree decorations and hanging coastal-inspired stockings on the fireplace mantel is just what you need to create a feeling of a coastal Christmas."


Natural materials bring in some rustic, country Christmas flair while still keeping it modern. Stockings in a ruddy material like burlap are perfect for this look, and the artwork over the mantle can easily be made with scrap wood, white paint, and stencils.

the nest

Silver is high impact décor, especially when combined with the flicker of candles. Gather all your hurricanes, some metallic ornaments, and anything else you have in a glittery silver finish, and create a glistening mantel you might want to keep even after the holidays.

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The tree

There are a million ways to decorate your tree, but one of our new favorites includes these DIY chalkboard–painted ornaments. They can be created easily, personalized by family members, and help make the tree like modern and chic. You can find an easy tutorial here.


Bringing the décor around the house

Tablescapes and traditional vignettes are great - and, of course, great attention is going to be paid to your tree - but don't pass up opportunities to showcase your unique holiday flair in unexpected ways and places throughout the house, like on the stairs.


Or on the windows

"Rethink your wreaths and instead of limiting them to doors, display some over your windows to bring the holiday spirit to your room's vertical plains," said MYDOMAINE. "Use a colorful ribbon to hang them to add a vibrant splash or opt for a shimmering metallic to inject some sparkle.

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