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Ice blue is red hot for holiday decorating

Every shade of green is in, too. Try pairing apple green with black-and-white accents.

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Every shade of green is in, too. Try pairing apple green with black-and-white accents.

To get your holiday-decorating juices flowing, here are a few of the great looks you'll see this season.

Ice blue: This chillingly beautiful color is subtle and enchanting, and it's taking the holidays by storm. Designers are pairing it with silver and white for a cool monochromatic effect. You'll also see ice blue adorned with pearl accents, which gives it a warmer, more elegant feel.

Nostalgia: Name the era, from the groovy '60s all the way back to the Victorian age, and it's big right now. Spark up your tree with reproduction ornaments or hunt for the real thing at antique stores and flea markets. Then fill in with clear glass ornaments, which are also wildly popular this season. Whether they are garden-variety globes or uniquely shaped, embellished works of art, glass balls work on every tree, no matter what the theme.

Another nostalgic trend is the reinvented country look, which is now less cutesy and more homespun. I can't get enough of this season's rustic country trims, like burlap ribbon, twine and wool plaids. I also adore the simple ornaments, hewn from wood or made out of twigs.

Winter woodland: Since my decorating inspiration often comes from nature, one of my favorite holiday looks is winter woodland. I will never grow tired of this classic look, with its hunt-club fabrics in red, green and navy, and its animal-inspired accents, like antler-shaped candleholders. Every season, I reinvent this cherished theme so it always feels fresh.

Green galore: No matter what shade of green you use in holiday decorating this year, it's in. The traditional pairing of hunter green and red is back, plus other well-loved combinations, like apple green and black-and-white, celadon and pink, and sage and brown.

A great way to work your preferred shade of green into holiday decor is to use gorgeous ribbons, gift wrap and greenery. For instance, if you like the color combination of apple green and black-and-white, tie a black-and-white plaid ribbon around a few ornaments on your tree. Hang a few ornaments that feature these colors. And wrap packages in green paper with black-and-white ribbons, or the reverse.

Heavy metal: Gold, once the hallmark of Christmas, fell out of favor for a few years. But it's staging a big comeback this season, gaining ground on silver, which is still our biggest seller. There is something so regal and magnificent about featuring these beautiful metallic finishes during the holidays, so I fill my tree with both.

To work more gold and silver into your holiday decor this season, all you need are cans of silver and gold spray paint. Repurpose tired old globes by sprucing them up with a coat of silver or gold paint. Mist found treasures like pinecones, nuts and branches with silver and gold, then work them into your displays.

Ice blue is red hot for holiday decorating 11/19/09 [Last modified: Thursday, November 19, 2009 3:05pm]

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