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Thursday, November 20th, 2014 by Bill Cowley
It’s hard to believe that the holidays are right around the corner. Now is the time to consider what new holiday trends to display in and around your home this year to reflect your particular holiday spirit.
Many of us are attached to the “out with the old, in with the new” style of decorating we have used in years past. But the experts are telling us that 2014 is coming at us with a brand new twist. A big trend this year is the repurposing of old Christmas decorations: taking older ornaments and seamlessly blending them into modern décor to have an eclectic blend of old and new. This can be accomplished by altering the older ornaments or simply adding a small number of older decorations into a modern decorating scheme.
The continued popularity of visual discovery websites like Pinterest has become a major source for new ideas and inspiration and it is clear that DIY is still very much in fashion. If you do plan to augment purchased decorations with personal, self-made ones, look for projects that incorporate a variety of natural textures to achieve a stunning look. As with ordinary home decoration, mixing surfaces is the key to aesthetic appeal. You’ll wind up with an overall design look that is pleasing to the eye and catches one’s attention. Two natural products that are trending this year are sisal, a stiff fiber native to southern Mexico, and tried-and-true burlap. Both of these products blend well with a woodland holiday-themed decor that happens to be very popular this year. It also happens that these products are relatively inexpensive and easy to find at local craft stores so you are getting great value for stunning visuals.
Of course, not all homes lend themselves to woodland themes. If this is the case for you, another big trend this year is using trees with white bark like sycamore and white poplar festooned with turquoise, pale blue, and pastel green decorations. This stunning color scheme is reminiscent of the ice-covered mountains and castles in Disney’s movie “Frozen.” Elsa may be singing “Let it Go” in the Disney movie, but we aren’t listening. For 2014, we are holding onto the use of this icy color scheme for eye-catching decorations.
Although DIY continues to be popular inside the home, we are seeing the opposite trend this year once we move to the exterior of the home. Professional lighting is becoming commonplace in the residential sector. More and more people are using professionals holiday decorating companies to install, take down and store, their holiday lights. It's convenient, decorating options are limitless and, let’s be real: hanging lights in cold winds and icy driveways is a safety issue for many, especially those who are more advanced in years, have lost their balance and physical agility, and do not regularly work with ladders. The risk of a ladder fall just isn’t worth it.
No matter what hot trends you embrace in 2014, please don’t lose sight of what is most important this and every holiday season: Embrace the joy of this magical season! Christmas Decor by Cowleys would be happy to take the burden of decorating off of your shoulders so you can spend quality time with your loved ones. And don’t worry. Your beautifully decorated house that will be the envy of the neighborhood will be our little secret. As far as Santa and the elves are concerned, what happens in the North Pole, stays in the North Pole!
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