Christmas Decorating in Red & White

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Red and white are a foolproof color duo for the holidays. Make your home merry and bright by decorating with this season's cheeriest colors.

Country Character

Red and white conjures images of barns and simple living. Give a hallway or foyer country charm with red and white accents. Top a dresser or table with a red floral runner and evergreen swag. Lean a red ladder or quilt rack against a wall and hang stockings from the rungs. The addition of a berry wreath, red tinsel trees, and a white chair topped with a package and ice skates will have you holiday-ready in no time.

Red Runner

Bring the red-and-white color scheme to your kitchen table with a bright table runner accented with seasonal details, such as snowflakes. For a new twist on the traditional table setting, place several runners across the width of the table instead of lengthwise.

Traditional Tree

A simple evergreen is taken out of the corner and into the spotlight with big red and white ball ornaments. A tree with sparse branches gets another punch of holiday color if placed against a white or red wall.

Candy Cane Wreath

The candy cane is a classic red-and-white holiday treat. Use this iconic candy to fashion a fun wreath that looks great hung against a red wall or above a mantel.

Snowy Display

Brighten a drab basement corner or plain white wall with a snowy setup. A red felt wall hanging with big snowflakes match the crafts-foam snowflakes hanging from the ceiling. Place a red chair topped with patterned rain boots for a holiday look.

Santa's Stockings

Stand red-and-white stockings filled with candy canes, evergreen sprigs, and small wrapped boxes tied with green bows against a chair for an easy Christmas decoration.

Christmas Cabinetry

Give red knickknacks a new home in a white dresser or china cabinet. Gather red objects from attic boxes or basement storage, and group them together for an eye-catching decoration. Add Christmas cards, small evergreens, or red ribbons for a classic holiday appeal.

Wintery Window Alcove

This cozy window alcove is just the place to curl up with some hot chocolate and watch the snow fall. Red and white pillows and a wreath add color and comfort to the Christmas season.

Beautiful Beading

Red bead garland isn't just for your tree. Hang long strands of beaded garland from a window valance so they stands out against a white curtain.

Bowl of Cheer

Traditional glass ornaments in classic red and white make a simple and sophisticated decoration when piled in a white bowl or pot.

Cheerful Chair

A single red ornament can have big impact when pinned to the back of a white chair. For a special touch, hang the ornament with satin ribbon.

Blanketed Buffet

Dress your buffet table in red-and-white stripes for your next party. Tie red ribbons around white candles, wrap napkin holders with red paper, and lay a striped table runner to direct attention (and hungry guests).

Tabletop Tinsel Tree

A plain white tinsel or feather tree gets a retro update with a mix of bold red ornaments and traditional embroidered patterns. Placed on a table with a grouping of bright presents, this tree becomes a funky focal point.

Seasonal Shell Wreath

Bring your home seaside with this beachy wreath fit for any season. Glue shells of varying sizes to a foam wreath. Hang it with a beautiful satin ribbon in a subtle shade of red.

Red Martini Glasses

Make a mantel or table sparkle with this trio of dark red martini glasses. Simply tie a white ribbon with red trim at the base of the stemware and insert a tea light into each glass.

Playful Pedestal

When you're not putting your red pedestal dish to use serving delicious treats, use it as a fun table decoration. Layer the dishes with fake snow, then stack the dish with white ornaments and figurines.

Bold Bedroom

Turn any bedroom into a Christmas oasis with a red-and-white checker quilt. Hang a wreath at the foot of the bed, group poinsettias on a nightstand, and set a holiday message surrounded by garland on a mantel or shelf to complete the look.

Cranberry Candle Arrangement

Antique crystal goes from boring to breathtaking with a touch of red. Stack a crystal saucer on a crystal plate. Place a red scented candle in the saucer and arrange fresh cranberries in the saucer and on the plate for a beautiful table topper.

Fresh-Picked Focus

Store-bought scarlet tulips pop amid a bed of fragrant evergreen sprigs tucked into a troughlike urn. The display sits atop a ceramic tray.

Pattern Play

These presents are almost too pretty to open. Using papers in matte, glossy, and sparkly finishes, build piles of picture-perfect packages outfitted with customized name tags.

Scintillating Surprises

In a reinterpretation of the standard fireplace swag, arrange evergreens and mosses in mismatched vintage vessels linked by a common hue. Turning the tide on traditional stockings, a treasure-crammed organizer stitched from homespun fabrics hangs across the mantel.

A Merry Memo

Put your feelings about the season in writing. With acrylic paint and a brush, scrawl an exuberant "Joy" across a silver-frame mirror. White sponge-painted snowballs add a frosty finish to the looking glass, which amplifies the shimmer of discount-store glass candleholders and a crystalline cylinder overflowing with shiny orbs showcased on the sideboard.

Good Cheer Greetings

Preview the red-and-white palette to come by draping an entryway mirror with a garland that's 1 part homemade goodness and 1 part vintage glitz. Decorative star hooks connect ornament-shape cookies with royal icing and red sugar sprinkles to a swag of time-weathered silvery beads.

Seasonal Sentiments

Post Noel-theme notes on a ribbon swag suspended above a kitchen window. After creating the tags on the computer, adorn them with fluffy pom-poms and striped hanging cords.

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