Modern Christmas Decor

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Give your home a sophisticated lift by decorating for Christmas with this chic color palette and these clever contemporary decorating ideas.

Turn Up the Shimmer

Tired of the expected scarlet reds and piney greens in Christmas decorating? Then opt for this scintillating scheme of vibrant apple green, rich cocoa brown, and snowy white. Then accent with easy touches, such as this fashion-forward wreath. Simply spray foam balls with faux snow, glue to a foam wreath, and hang with a wide ribbon.

Note: This fresh Yuletide scheme was designed by Jackie Dickie and Rita Anderson.

Tabletime Twinkle

Crisp white runners and beaded velvet scarves add delightful dimension to your furnishings. Sew two linen runners, trim the ends with twinkling buttons, and arrange them across one another on the table.

Sweetened View

Serve complementary-hued confections from cloche-covered glass stands and white vessels. Glue twigs to mirrors and picture frames, and soften buffet tops with beaded velvet runners and snow-laden trees.

Layer the Luxury

Stack square dishes on green place mats and crown the napkins with green velvet ribbons run through rhinestone buckles.

Make It Personal

Tuck a rich chocolate treasure inside a sophisticated ready-made box, and turn it into a festive favor with ribbon and a computer-generated label with a Yuletide greeting.

Dressed to the Nines

Dress up your gifts in scheme-appropriate papers. Boost the wow factor with signature-type stamps, monogrammed tags, glitter-embellished letters, silk flowers and leaves, and contrasting ribbons.

Showcase Wintry Silhouette

Fabricate a trio of tannenbaums from branches gathered from the yard. Exhibit the sticks in tall glass cylinders filled with rock salt crystals and place them in front of a window to spotlight their forms.

Peace on Earth

Clip white doves to tall and willowy twigs to bring a nature-inspired message of peace to your Yuletide setting.

More Contemporary Christmas Schemes

Try these fresh holiday decorating ideas in another trendy color palette.

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