Good Morning Monday! This past weekend was crazy busy, but enjoyable too. I was honored to speak at the Standard-Examiner Fall Home Show. I was so grateful for all the help from Tai Pan Trading. It was a one stop shop for all my decoration needs.
In part of my presentation I shared 10 Tips to Make Your Holiday Decorations Pop. And, I thought you all might be interested too, so today I am sharing my 10 tips:
1. Choose a Color Palette. Are you sick of me talking about color palettes yet? It’s always my starting point. It can also add a huge POP to your decor by picking an unusual and complimentary color to add into your traditional palette.
2. Use What You Already Have. Such as my bar cart – used it almost every party. It’s nice to have a few stand out and unique pieces.
3. Purchase Multi-Use Items. Such as with #2, if you are going to purchase something expensive – make sure you can use it more than once, and that it is unique enough that it is an eye catcher wherever it goes.
4. Mix Expensive With Cheap. I love a cheap little gourd sitting on a silver plated candle holder. The contrast between cheap and expensive is noticeable, but not in a bad way! It gives a nice contrast of detail.
5. Have a Variety of Textures. Gourds! Love them for the fall. The bumps and stripes on pumpkins and gourds are great. But, if you are looking for other textures – nets, fabrics, branches, etc, are a great starting point.
6. Have a Variety of Height. This is a design tip 101, but I thought I would include it as well. Having everything at a different height helps grab someone’s eye and notice all the details. It also helps your design “flow” from one item to the other.
7. Add a Strong Graphic. This is a great way to get a pop from the traditional. Adding a strong pattern somewhere helps liven things up and give an unexpected, non traditional, element.
8. Mix Natural with Fake. I love how it looks to have the real pumpkins and gourds sitting next to tin ones and wooden carved acorns. It is another way to mix it up to give a nice eclectic feel.
9. Pay Attention to Detail. Sometimes the smallest things make the biggest difference. Such as, where you place a small sprig, or where the ribbon is tied. Pay attention to detail.
10. Add Some Classic. I always try to add something that has some emotion. Such as a kid carved pumpkin, or a heirloom ornament. Decorations shouldn’t be about being “perfect”. They should be what makes you happy and makes you remember all the good times.