Christmas is a unique time. You can drive your house in the most traditional way and never let it out of fashion. That is because our cultural Christmas ideal is one of a traditional era. It is the scenes in our favorite Christmas songs and stories: lush evergreen decorations, festive ribbon and chestnuts roasting on an open fire. A traditional Christmas is truly timeless year after year. Below we discuss some important ways to make a traditional Christmas room design this season.
Use red and green
This idea may seem obvious, but a trend in many modern houses is to avoid the traditional Christmas colors. All-white color scheme's, blue color scheme's and even black and white color scheme's are all modern choices to decorate in Christmastime.
To keep it traditional and timeless, you absolutely want to stick to a red and green color scheme in your Christmas decoration. Dolls of bright red are especially popular; you could think of using red as an accent color. You have many options, such as bright red cushions, gifts under the tree and seasonal figures in the room.
Then you can balance these red accents with lots of deep forest green. The natural green can come from the Christmas tree itself, garlands, cushions, small table trees or green seasonal images.
Go traditionally with layers
A common design trick in traditional houses to decorate in layers. Traditional designs prefer a lot of texture and color layers. It is part of what makes traditional design and Christmas decorations go so well together. With the traditional look you can fill your space with all those seasonal heritage, trinkets and other decorations that you have collected over the years.
To get those layers, you first have to concentrate on placing different textures in the room. Low-deep structures such as wreaths and softer structures such as ceramic figures, for example. You also have to make the color layer. For example, you have cherry-red cushions and season-seasonal seasonal flower arrangements. You can play with this idea and become really creative with it.
Get a traditional Christmas with the help of groups
A challenge with decoration for the holidays is how you can process all those individual items in one coherent design. We tend to get all kinds of Christmas items as gifts from family, from Secret Santas at work and by finding things we like ourselves. And then there are all those family traditions that come to us through the ages. Often there is no way to ensure that all our holiday items look like they come from the same collection.
One way to circumvent this problem is to use small groups throughout your home. For example, if you have a collection of snowmen, think about joining them together. You can, for example, collect them on a long side table. This creates a kind of diorama that stands on its own as a separate element in the room. You can also do this with different items that share the same colors. Or arrange a table that is dedicated to only heirlooms.
Go for many natural textures
Another element of a traditional Christmas keeps it natural. Traditional Christmas scenes are full of lush evergreen textures in garlands and trees. Colorful poinsettias often sit on multiple surfaces. Other seasonal floral arrangements, such as deep red and white flowers, are great masterpieces. Wall hangings usually have twigs evergreen in them. Rings of natural seasonal plants go well with candlesticks.
Apart from the use of realistic plants, traditional Christmas decorations often have natural motifs. Think of everything from cushions with cushions from Christmas stars to table runners with rich floral and berry patterns. Faux items can be good stand-ins if you do not want any of your pets to eat real Christmas stars, because poinsettias can make them sick. (You can also learn how to use natural textures throughout the year.)
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