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No matter if your style is modern or traditional, I have a few simple tips to help you deck your halls this holiday season. (Image: Ashley Hafstead)

A chic guide to interior holiday decorating

The air is cold and we've already experienced a (mini) snow storm, so I think it's well past time we talk about Christmas decorations!

There is something so wonderful about decorating for the holidays -- it makes the house feel warm and cozy and it's socially acceptable to play Christmas carols on repeat. No matter if your style is modern or traditional, I have a few simple tips to help you deck your halls this holiday season.


The key to a cohesive transformation is to repeat the same theme throughout your home. Are you traditional, modern or transitional? Do you love color or winter whites and golds? Once you figure that out, the decorating can commence.

Color Scheme

The color scheme sets the tone of your decor. If you are a bit more modern, try decorating with golds, silvers and whites -- or a combo of all three. If you are feeling adventurous, think outside the box with pops of color like hot pink or blue. If you are a bit more traditional, deck your halls with reds, greens and golds. You can also spice things up by having different color schemes in different rooms.

Christmas Tree

The tree should be the centerpiece of your decorations. Some people must have a real tree while others don’t mind faking it. If you do get a real tree, why not make a day of it and support a local farm and cut your own? If that is a bit too adventurous, Union Market offers beautiful pre-cut trees. As an added bonus you can knock off a bit of last minute shopping as well. For those of you that love fake trees, I would suggest getting a pre-lit tree, as it will make your life so much easier each year. Beyond that they come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. If you aren’t afraid of being bold try a white or colored tree -- they even come in gold and silver.

Decorating Beyond the Tree

After you’ve put the tree up and hung the wreath on the front door, start by expanding the decorations room by room and sprinkle your Christmas decor throughout the house. But remember, less is more -- you don’t want it to look like Santa’s elves threw up Christmas all over your home. Use smaller trees and wreaths in your kitchen, dining room and even your bedrooms. Try filling bowls and vessels with Christmas balls and spreading them about the house. If you have children, give them their own whimsically themed tree in their room. After you are finished decorating, you should be able to look around and see a bit of Christmas decor scattered throughout.

Happy decorating and don’t forget the Christmas carols and spiked eggnog as you decorate and Merry Christmas!