MERRY & BRIGHT: Using the Colours of the Year to Decorate This Holiday Season

When the temperatures drop and your favourite local coffee shop breaks out the festive takeout cups, it can only mean one thing: it’s time to decorate your home for the holidays. It’s not just about hanging a wreath or trimming a tree, though—holiday decorating can include your whole home from the front porch to mantle and tabletops. 

This year, many families took decor inspiration from one of Pantone’s colours of the year, Ultimate Gray, or Benjamin Moore’s 2021 colour of the year, Aegean Teal. If you painted a room in one of these colours, it’s a great opportunity to get creative and add complementary holiday decor accents. No matter what colours are featured in your home, here are a few tips to get you started.

Tradition with a twist
Red and green are a classic holiday colour combination that looks good year after year. Decorative pieces in these traditional colours work well with a neutral paint colour like Ultimate Gray or a soft, creamy white. Want to modernize this colour scheme? Forgo brighter hues in favour of deep, elegant forest green and cranberry red. Consider adding candles of varying heights and vases in modern, abstract shapes (ivory and metallics will play well with those darker tones). 

Next, add texture with throw blankets and accent pillows in materials like faux fur, velvet, or cable-knit wool that’s as cozy as your favourite sweater. If this decor style is speaking to you Long Way Home Décor in Orillia has an excellent selection of textiles and accent pieces that will liven up every room. Owner Michelle Madden says, “Cozy jewel, warm earth tones, metallics, and hand beading are hot this season. Alpaca throws are beautiful, soft, light weight and warm. They also make the perfect gift.”

Take inspiration from nature
If you’re looking for a design approach that’s rooted in the beauty and simplicity of nature, consider some decor from Bradford Greenhouses. They work with nature’s elements, incorporating light raw wood and organic elements such as moss, pine cones, real pine, and cedar into their natural planters and other decor. The greenery adds a fresh aromatic holiday scent that even the best candles can’t beat.

You can bring in that Ultimate Gray shade through textiles if it isn’t already on your walls, and Aegean Teal can be subtly introduced as an accent colour. And while natural elements are the real deal when it comes to scent, candles are perfect for illuminating a room while adding a cozy feel.

Contemporary cool
If your home features shades of blue, green, or that gorgeous Aegean Teal, consider using metallic accents along with touches of soft grey
and cream. This will create a festive winter wonderland while maintaining a modern look. A set of small metallic urns or a whimsical figure from Eric & Eloise collection from OC Emporium in Orillia will add sparkle and create a space for decorative twigs or greenery. Instead of bright silver, consider accents in richer brass or pewter tones. Slim tapered candles in a marble or wooden base will look trendier than tea lights. Wrap it all up with a few soft touches like a textured throw blanket in pale grey or ivory, and you’ll be ready to celebrate the season.

Create ambiance
Scent is one of the best ways to create warmth and ambiance in your home—and if there was a holiday scent of the year, it would be Frasier Fir. Available at Serendipity Soy Candles in Barrie, these woodsy candles are available in a variety of different sizes. The Frasier Fir scent also comes in different blends including Evergreen Trail a mix of Frasier Fir and citrus, and Moonlit Forest (Frasier Fir and Moonlit Snowshoe).

Not cozy enough yet? You can create additional layers of comfort with a White Linen Throw from Our House in Barrie (they make a great gift, too). Welcome guests with some cheeky-yet-inviting throw pillows, a charming platter full of gingerbread cookies, and a mug of cocoa, and it’s official—the holidays are here.

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