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Last week we shared with you holiday decorating ideas to welcome guests with pomp and circumstance. This week we're highlighting a few of our favorite holiday decorating styles, along with a few more ideas to help you hone in on which might suit you best.
Whether it's hanging stockings by the chimney with care, decorating a gingerbread house to put on display, or placing mistletoe over a home or room's entryway, this Christmas style sticks to the decor elements that would be found in a classic Christmas scene. Your go to colors for this decorating style: red, green, gold and white.
As one of the best-selling singles of all time, a few seconds of Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" can easily make us all fall in love with the ideas of this decorating style. Lovers of uniformity and white space can opt for an all-white Christmas tree with silver ornaments, in addition to white candles, stockings and ribbon-laced garlands.
While similar to the White Christmas style, a Winter Wonderland home showcases the beauty of the outdoor winter world indoors. Use snowmen, snow villages, evergreen trees and poinsettias throughout the home to create a picturesque seasonal scene, without the chilly freeze of outdoor air.
Of all the different types of holiday decorating styles, we appreciate the colorful Christmas style for its personalization opportunities. A few of our favorites: pick a solid color, like pink, purple or blue, and decorate only with varying shades of that color; pick several contrasting colors and use equal amounts of each color throughout the home; or, combine with White Christmas decorating elements to make each and every pop of color stand out.
Burlap, wood, white lights and a few red flourishes help make this humble holiday decorating style come to life. Keep things simple by avoiding too many decorations – a cozy blanket, rustic throw pillows and burlap lined evergreens will do. We love the way the above lights are wrapped around a stack of books and burlap adorned candle.