Use one color to make a statement. HGTV fan Manzardo mixes gold ornaments and accents into a mantel garland to create a holiday focal point. Any metallic, like bronze or silver, adds sparkle, while a more colorful choice, like red, blue or lime green, makes for a bold, eye-catching display.
Since Sherri Shepherd has almost 12-foot ceilings, designer Michael Russo wants to make full use of the vertical space. He hangs ivory tulle panels and oversized gold ornaments with a champagne bow. HGTV's Celebrity Holiday Homes shows you how Russo achieves this look.
After you've added enough coats of beeswax to your ornaments, and they've completely cooled, let them sit in an empty egg carton until you’re ready to use them. Use purchased hangers to put them on the tree, or make your own from 26-gauge gold-tone wire.
Make It: Sweeten your seasonal decor by using tree ornaments made from cookie dough. You'll need four cups of flour, one and one-half cups of water, one cup of salt, clear protective food coating and ribbon. First, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Next, combine the first four ingredients. Knead the mixture into dough and roll out flat. Cut the dough into fun shapes using holiday cookie cutters, then place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. After removing from the oven, and while the cookies are still soft, use a knife to poke a small hole in the top of each. Coat the cookies with a clear protective food coating, thread ribbon through each hole and hang on the tree.
Glass ball ornaments add a designer touch to any tree and work whether you want a classic or contemporary tree. For a traditional theme, look for solid ornaments in red, white, silver and gold. For a more modern look, choose ornaments with graphic designs in a more updated scheme, like lime green and fuchsia or violet and bronze.
These hand-felted bees are made with wool roving in black, gray, gold and white. You’ll need a felting needle and 26-gauge gold-tone wire to complete them. See The New Christmas Tree for details. Brown says this is a good project for felting beginners.
The glass body of the table lamp is filled with a combination of red, gold and silver ornaments for the holidays. Once the season passes, the lamp can instantly take on everyday appeal by switching the ornaments out for something different.
The use of metallics is a more sophisticated approach to holiday decorating. Once twinkle lights are illuminated at night, metallic accents dance with sparkle and sheen. Whether you're using the same color or mixing gold, silver and bronze, try to combine metallic ornaments featuring different finishes including matte, high-gloss reflective, glitzy and sparkly, and raw or coarse.
Bright white chairs and trim and neutral walls allow the colorful blue decorations to truly stand out in this holiday decorated dining room. Even bright blue and gold ornaments pop out against the white tree in the back of the room.