Smart Design With Suzette: Top 5 Holiday Decoration Ideas & Trends 2018

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By SUZETTE FOX
Interior Decorator
 
The temperature has dropped, mittens and gloves are out and the excitement and joy of the season is already in the air. If you’re looking to freshen up your holiday decor this year, look no further. There’s something here for everyone—at every style and budget.
 
1. MODERN FARMHOUSE
 
Joanna Gaines would be so proud—modern farmhouse holiday decorations are definitely a hit this year, and you’ll find plenty of options for your home. Warm hues, wood accents, flickering candles, and plant-forward garlands are the perfect elements for your home when the snow is blowing and everyone in the family is gathered together.
 
2. BOHO STYLE
 
Bohemian is back. To give this easy-going look a winter twist, grab some wintery greens—pine is perfect for the holiday season—and add pops of texture throughout your space (think: rattan, wood, or cozy rugs). Have fun with your greenery. Instead of the traditional pine wreath, opt for wispy dried branch stalks, rustic centerpieces, and indigo blue colors. Cute, Boho animal-themed (especially llamas!) ornaments and accents are definitely a thing this year, and they’re a fun way to add a little extra personality to your tree and your home for the season.
 
3. PEACE ON EARTH
 
Doves and olive branches seem to be on everyone’s mind. So far this year, there have been more than 326,000 searches for “dove” and “joy” searches on Etsy – up 10 percent from last year.
 
4. NEUTRAL TONES
 
Neutral trees are hot. I’d suggest going for a slim or sparse Christmas tree decoration with neutral colored ornaments that match the décor of your house. Use subtle-colored ornaments like white, gray and beige. A fun trend has been to place the tree (in its stand) in an old wooden crate or galvanized metal bucket.
 
5. HOUSE LOG HOLDER
 
Instead of throwing in your firewood in a box or dustbin, place them in a stylish, home shaped log holder. It will keep your fireplace neat, cozy and organized. Alternatively, you can even use it as your outdoor decoration. It will look very welcoming.
 
SAFETY FIRST
 
While holiday decorating is all about adding fun, sparkle and warmth to a very special season, it’s important to remember that many of our favorite decorations carry the risk of fire or electrical injury if not used carefully. Don’t let a preventable accident take the enjoyment out of your holidays – whether you’re excitedly preparing for Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, take a few minutes to read safety labels to make sure you have a happy, healthy and safe holiday season!
 
Suzette Fox is a local interior designer and real estate broker at RE/MAX First. Visit her website, find her on Instagram and on Facebook.
 
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