Need some holiday inspiration for your home? Our Creative Director Broc Clark has identified three important holiday trends for 2018, each with its own distinct style and twist. Last week he shared the dramatic and unique Starry Night. This week he offers the latest nuance to Classic Holiday Décor.
When it comes to decorating for the holidays, you can never go wrong with a traditional look. It’s timeless and elegant, and will never go out of style. Here are five of its signature elements:
The combination of red, green and white are classic, and they form the foundation for the Classic holiday trend. Look at earthy versions of these three colors, such as a brick red, snow white and pine green. They are the colors found in nature as opposed to their more vibrant counterparts. The look is rich and refined with understated elegance.
Mercury glass is an important accent in this season’s Classic trend. Add mercury glass trees to your mantel, sideboard or holiday table. Use a mercury glass vase to hold greenery or branches. Or enjoy the charm of this year-round by using a mercury glass lamp in your décor.
Deck the halls with lots of greenery this season, draping garland on bannisters, mantels and chandeliers, and wreaths on doors and windows. This season’s Classic style uses designs that complement the earthy palette.
Accessories and patterns in Classic holiday style feature woodland creatures, birds and botanicals. Use them in ornaments, accents, pillows or wall art. These nature-inspired motifs add the elegance of the outdoors to your indoor spaces.
Quilts and coverlets that are rich in texture and color are an important part of the Classic holiday style. Simply add a layer to the foot of the bed, or swap out your comforter for something more festive. Quilts can also be used in living spaces, allowing you to curl up by the fire with a warm blanket.
If you love classic, tailored lines as well as upscale European design, Traditional Style decor would be a great choice for your home furnishings. Formal in feel, this timeless look curates the best pieces from centuries of home fashion, including such items as wing back chairs and camel-back sofas, entryway console tables with brass lamps, and walnut dining tables with Queen Anne chairs. With a buttoned-up attention to detail, this style has signature characteristics that make it stand out:
1. Rich colors
From walls to upholstery to wood tones, colors in a Traditional Style room are rich yet neutral. No bold or high contrasting color combinations here; the palette includes shades such as dusty blue, classic gray and earthy taupe.
2. Conservative fabrics
Timeless patterns cover upholstered pieces in a Traditional Style home. Common choices include floral, damask, houndstooth, plaids and stripes. The understated look is often embellished with trims including tassels and fringe.
3. Classic lines
While they’re formal in feel Traditional Style rooms are not ostentatious. Furniture will have a mix of straight and curved lines, but the look is functional and not fussy. Sofas and chairs have curved arm details, and wood pieces feature light carving. The attention to detail is carried over into the architecture, as well, with interiors that feature crown and chair rail molding.
4. Formal living and dining rooms
A Traditional Style home is built for entertaining with formal rooms for dining and living. The living room will include a formal sofa, wing back chairs and a cocktail table. A rug with a classic Old World pattern grounds the room. Traditional Style dining rooms include a large rectangular table with matching chairs and a sideboard or cabinet that displays the homeowners collection of fine china.
5. Elegant accessories
Accessories in a Traditional Style home further the home’s rich look. Oil paintings of landscapes or still life as well as portraits hang on walls with heavy gilt frames. Silver or crystal candlesticks are used in the dining room as well as on tables throughout the home. Additionally, flowers – fresh or silk – fill oversized vases. Other accessories include lamps, urns, books, plants and mirrors.