How to Decorate for the Holidays without Traditional Red
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How to Decorate for the Holidays without Traditional Red

In most holiday décor, red, burgundy or a version of the color is used in everyday homes. While red holly, ribbon and poinsettias are the most traditional forms of using the color, how about minimizing red in your home this year?  If you are looking for a new way to decorate your home, how about using natural colors that still bring in the holiday spirit? Unique holiday décor is all around us and here are tips for holiday decorating without the blast of red.

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  • Focus on natural materials: Seagrass, raffia, straw, and wood give a beautiful and rustic version of holiday décor. Natural browns, beiges, and dark chocolate hues of natural wood are good for fireplace mantels, holiday wreaths and Christmas tree décor. If you live in a rural or suburban environment, walk around your neighborhood or local park to find pine cones, branches, and rustic touches to add to your holiday home.
  • Use greenery to bring in the color: When trying to find color, look to evergreen trees to add color and warmth to your interiors. From garland and mistletoe, to topiaries that greet your guests at the front entry. When decorating for the holidays, use color that is found around your home. If you live near water, consider bringing blues, and beiges in with your greenery. For urban homes, grab inspiration from artwork and furniture in your home. A form of green goes with every color in the rainbow. So be open to new colors, and not just the color red.
  • Arts and crafts additions to your holiday décor: One of the best ways to add shimmer and glamor to your holiday home is with metallic colors. Opt for shimmery gold and cool silver shades to enliven up your festive decorations. Use metallic spray paint on pine cones, branches, and vases to make centerpieces for your dining table or front foyer table. When choosing metallic colors, visit your local craft store for inspiration and ideas. They always have new colors and shades to get your creativity going!
  • Add light: Candle light is one of the best ways to add subtle color and light variation to your décor. Pillar candles are now sold with artificial flames producing light that mimic a flicker inside. These battery powered candles are great for fire safety as well as luminary bags that have become a tradition for many homes at the holidays. For added color, choose candles that are unique and different from the traditional red. Metallic finishes and nature inspired candles that resemble wood will fill your home with holiday spirit and warmth.

While red is a gorgeous color, with its rich intensity and color, your holiday décor doesn’t have to include it all the time. If you still like a few pops of red, opt for thin red ribbon wrapped around plants or small décor. Natural colors, greenery and an organic approach to holiday decorating can be present in your home with these simple tips. Go ahead, be bold this year in your décor, and see how red doesn’t always have to be the source.

Freshome readers do you use any non-traditional colors in your holiday decorating?  Does your home always include red, or do you break out from the norm? Leave your comments below.

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