Create a Charming Coastal Holiday With Tips From HGTV Dream Home 2020

Step into the HGTV Dream Home 2020's holiday season, where silver and blue decor reigns supreme to create a festive seaside escape made for entertaining.

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November 26, 2019
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Welcome One and All

Begin your holidays at the front door with decor that sets the scene for what guests will experience once they cross the threshold. This color palette of blue, silver and white is introduced at the entryway and then carried throughout the rest of the HGTV Dream Home 2020's holiday decorations.

A Jubilant Greeting

Keep your home's style and color palette in mind when choosing holiday decor. Located on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, HGTV Dream Home 2020 evokes plenty of coastal allure. To complement the home's architecture and location, Christmas decorations in beachy shades and driftwood-inspired accents don the exterior.

All That Glitters

Take classic green garlands up a notch with a healthy dose of metallics and color. Aquamarine and silver baubles dot the greenery, while silver flocking, rather than the traditional snowy white, adds a decidedly glam feel.

Enchanted Evening

As the sun sets, let your home be a welcoming winter wonderland. Smart porch and landscape lighting illuminate your Christmas display. There's no need to overwhelm your space with decorations. Well-placed garlands and wreathes do the job of creating magic without crowding your exterior.

Start in the Front

The interior of your home and the backyard don't have a monopoly on entertaining. An inviting front porch with comfy chairs and tables is a wonderful place to gathering for intimate conversations or to enjoy watching the sun rise with a warm cup of coffee.

Let's Sit a Spell

Establish moments of pause, where you can take in the crisp air and holiday atmosphere. Rocking chairs are made winter ready with the addition of cozy throw pillows and blankets to keep the chill at bay. Place garden stools nearby to set hot tea or chocolate and snacks. A vase of evergreen sprigs delivers a note of the season.

Circles of Wonder

Deck your windows with glittering wreathes. These flocked-in-silver wreathes with blue and silver ornaments match the garlands wrapped around the porch railing. For a seamless look, hang wreathes with hidden hooks. Hooks with a suction cup, adhesive strip or magnetic backing (one magnet goes on the other side of the glass to hold it in place) won't be seen once the wreath is hung in place.

Brighten the Path

Line your stairs or driveway with luminaries to create an enchanted entry to your holiday home. Snowflake cutouts in these galvanized ones allow plenty of light to illuminate the stairs, ensuring no trip hazards when guests arrive and leave.

Star Light, Star Bright

Oversized 3-D stars are suspended between the roof and porch railing for an eye-catching design. Attach the stars with string or fishing wire in at least three places to keep them from blowing around or getting twisted.

Wreathes of Three

No lonely wreath here, try a different take on the traditional front door decor. A trio of whitewashed driftwood wreathes stacks vertically for a nod to coastal style.

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Stocking Were Hung By...

Open up space on your mantel by hanging stockings on the stair banister instead. Use twine or ribbon to attach them to the railing or twist through the branches of your garland, if it's sturdy enough.

Waiting for St. Nick

Continue your holiday color scheme in your stockings. Blue-and-white stockings with appliques of shells and sea creatures hang along the garland up the stairs. Alternating ruffled burlap stockings infuse a natural shade to the design and bring in warmth.

North Pole Delivery

Christmastime evokes visions of fascinating toy stores, packed full of all the wonders every kid wants. Establish the same charm to your home by decorating with delightful toys and stuffed animals. The childlike allure is sure to convey instant magic to your space.

Limit Hues for Major Impact

Working with a color palette of three not only gives you a focus, but it forges a chic, cohesive design. Silver, blue and green feel fresh yet classic, coastal yet contemporary and continue the lightness and airiness of the HGTV Dream Home 2020. You're still able to pull in neutrals and whites to generate contrast and dimension.

Receive in Style

Deck out your foyer with holiday cheer. As the first thing guests will see after they step out of the cold, infuse it with a warm and inviting aesthetic. Pretty holiday touches dress the tabletop, along with a collection of metallic ornaments. Have a handy spot to set hostess gifts or an overflow for family presents.

All in the Details

Trade out your everyday decor for touches of the season. A jar full of peppermints, a miniature snow globe and a letter to St. Nicholas bring the right amount of cheer to the entryway table. Wooden candlesticks are topped with blue pillar candles to pull in the holiday color scheme.

The Main Event

Allow your tree to take centerstage in your living room. If you have a large window, center it in the middle and form a stunning border by draping garland around the windows. Woven textures, such as the jute rug, and warm textiles, like the plaid throw pillows, up the cozy factor of this ready-for-the-holidays space.

Gifts Aplenty

Use empty boxes wrapped in darling paper and ribbons as part of your decorating. Stack them on the coffee table, fireplace hearth or in the entryway to deliver visual interest and plenty of holiday cheer. Tall candlesticks, like these pewter ones, give height and drama to your coffee table. Boughs of eucalyptus bring a touch of the outdoors in.

A Silver Christmas

Embrace the shimmer and shine. What other time of the year do you get to jump head first into everything sparkly and glittery? Even though the tree is completely flocked in silver, it doesn't overwhelm the space because the palette is kept almost monochromatic by opting for ornaments in shades of blue. The starfish topper adds the just-right note of beachy appeal though.

Consider Your Angles

Step around your spaces and look at them from every angle. You'll find places you can incorporate little holiday elements without going over the top. A simple white wreath (matching the ones found on the front door) is the perfect addition to the floating shelves in the corner.

Reach Out and Touch

Tactile appeal can be just as important as the sparkle and shine of the holidays. The driftwood wreaths deliver interesting texture and dimension to the space, while small dots of blue ornaments carry the theme throughout the living room.

Heart of the Holidays

This is where the real magic happens – cookies and pies, ham and rolls and all the other deliciousness that comes out of a Christmas kitchen. You still need your kitchen to be functional so keep decorations on the minimum: pretty natural garland over the window, a tiny tree for charm and a glittering wreath.

Simplify Breakfast

Prep or buy premade bakery goodies to set out as a breakfast bar on Christmas morning. Have pitchers of orange juice and mimosas on hand so everyone can help themselves and you get to enjoy the festivities instead of standing over the stove frying eggs.

Served in Style

No need to go out and buy special serving trays for Christmas. Use wooden cutting boards and cake plates you already own to set out your breakfast spread.

Joyful Trimmings

Although your island will need to stay uncluttered for prepping, serving and eating, you can incorporate a few small touches of the season. A petite flocked tree and bowl of aquamarine ornaments will lift your holiday spirit as you decorate your final sugar cookies for the swap party.

The Elf's Handiwork

Even if you hang the stockings on the mantel or stair banister, tell Santa to move them to their breakfast chairs for a morning surprise.

Say It With Words

Spice up your backsplash with a little typography. The metallic sentiment will carry you all the way through the new year. For those rarely used upper cabinets, use a small bit of wire to tie a wreath around the cabinet knobs.

Wrap It Up

Give yourself the gift of a designated wrapping station. Put all your paper, ribbons, tape, gift tags and scissors in one place so you're able to wrap presents with ease. No need to constantly be storing away and pulling everything back out during gift-buying season.

Make It Work for You

Keep everything you need on hand. Use open baskets and bowls to store ribbons, gift tags and any other trimmings you put on your presents.

Display a Collection

Whether you love your collection of gnomes, nutcrackers or sleigh bells, group them all together for an impressive vignette. Use pedestals, cake plates and boxes to vary the height to concoct a more interesting showing.

Tag! You're It.

Buy simple craft paper and a collection of cheerful pens or markers to make personalized gift tags. If you have the calligraphy skills, go for it, but don't fret, if you don't. Your recipients will appreciate the time and effort you put into buying and wrapping their gifts, no matter your handwriting.

Eatery With Flair

A pair of wreathes and delectable centerpiece pulls the dining room into the festivities.

Edible Arrangement

You worked hard on those desserts (or you worked hard on preordering them for the big day!). Show them off by making your cakes, pies or cookies the centerpiece of your dining table. Complete the look with sprigs of natural greenery.

Plush Surroundings

As the weather turns chilly, place cozy elements throughout your home – even the dining room. Thin knit throws add warmth to the back of these leather chairs, and can always be pulled around you if you and your guests end up swapping stories or playing games long after the dishes have been put away.

Drive My Sleigh Tonight

Santa's sleigh wouldn't get very far without his reindeer. The forest creatures (in our favorite silvery hue) combine with blue tapered candles set in pewter candlesticks and a bevy of ornaments and greenery to dress the dining room's buffet.

Bring the Indoors Out

Grab all those extra pillows and blankets so you can enjoy the outdoors while staying snuggly and warm. Extra floor pillows provide additional seating.

Comfort is Key

Classic blue and white influences HGTV Dream Home 2020 in both its everyday and holiday style. To up the coziness of the winter season, look for pillows in chunky knits, lots of fringe and major tactile appeal.

Into the Great Outdoors

Just as your outdoors should be an extension of your living space, so your holiday ornamentations can find its way out there, too. A small forest of trees, whether real or faux, is an engaging way to set the scene.

Maximize Your Space

If you live in an area where the winters are mild, open up the doors so that you're entertaining space is doubled.

Continuous Entertaining

With simple winter flourishes, this outdoor dining spot goes straight from Christmas to New Year's Eve without having to change out a thing.

Go for the Informal

Bowls full of simple snacks – nuts, pretzels, chips, popcorn – are easy to set out (and refill) on the table for everyone to munch on throughout the evening.

Handy Serveware

Save yourself a few back and forth trips by using trays to transfer glasses, drinks and snacks to the kitchen.

Look Up

Take your adornments overhead with an impressive display above the outdoor dining table. Large bright white stars are hung for a truly magically gathering spot.

To a Happy New Year

Start a memorable tradition with friends and family. Draw names and then have everyone write down a special wish or hope for that person for the upcoming year.

A Place to Gather

Have different areas set up throughout your home – indoors and out, on the porch and in the yard – so that guests have plenty of room to spread out and mingle.


Use small planters and vases to display arrangements of greenery, as well as party poppers and blowers to ring in the new year.

Doorway to the Season

Don't neglect your back or side entries. Flanked by evergreen trees in green woven baskets and featuring a striking pinecone wreath, the back door still gets you in the holiday mood before you enter.

Made for Partying

So long, 2019, and hello, 2020! Comfy furniture surrounds the roaring firepit to compose the ultimate hangout for saying goodbye to the past year.

Raise It High

With wide open spaces, take the opportunity to go bold with your design. A clever banner is raised above the cozy seating area as a fun backdrop and eye-catching flourish to see from the back porch.

Out-of-the-Box Luminaries

In addition to the fire pit, floating light-up balls bring illumination and a party-like ambiance to evening soirees. They also make for playful sculptural elements during the daytime.

Create Destinations

When planning a party, think about every seating arrangement. Even these two Adirondacks set out to enjoy views of the marsh, have a table for setting drinks and food, candles to light when it gets dark and blankets for when it gets chilly.

Starry Night

A few final stars carry the holiday theme from the front porch all the way to marshlands, creating an unforgettable and enchanted ambience.