Use Traditional Colors DramaticallyFor many, the winter holidays are an invitation to decorate with abandon — even if all other elements (party planning, seasonal events, the family meal) are kept simple. Here, a tree, mantel and cocktail table display seasonal finery: rich red amaryllis accompanied by elegant golds and greens.
(Photo courtesy of Roberta Martin Interiors. Designed by Concepts by Nancy and Leonard.)
Focus on AccessoriesProof that you don't need a tree to achieve a traditional look: this room features festive plants, plush pillows and luxe accessories in seasonal motifs. A life-sized Victorian-era St. Nick adds a unique perspective — and iconic cheer.
(Designer: Ann Wisniewski, AJW Designs, Atlanta, Georgia.)
Add Whimsical TouchesGumdrop colors provide a twist on traditional in this holiday room. The decorations — adorned trees, a lush wreath — seem familiar, but it's the candyland palette and whimsical floral arrangement that creates the storybook setting.
(Photo courtesy of Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, Nashville, Tennessee.)