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.
Since Christmas tree lights aren't illuminated all day and all night, consider a tree topper that will sparkle during the day. Pick up brass or metallic oversized stars and place them on top of the tree as a cluster. During the day, the sunlight will play up the metallic finish. At night, the metallic will appear warm when lit by twinkle lights.
Reflective surfaces evoke a feeling of romance and a wintry vibe. Add reflection elegantly by dressing your Christmas tree with metallic ornaments in several shades of the same color as well as one chosen metallic tone. Here, silver is the chosen metallic.
Matte ribbon in vertical folds is a scene-stealing decorating trick for the Christmas tree. This flocked tree pairs the ribbon with metallic ball ornaments and fairy lights that give off a magical glow
Peacock feathers were the inspiration for the Christmas tree and decorations in rock star Dee Snider's home. Metallic shades of blue and green with gold accents can be found on the tree as well as the wreaths, stockings and staircase garland.
Choose a favorite animal as your Christmas tree theme. For this tree design, snowy owls are hidden among the flocked branches. Metallic green flowers, winter berries and a mixture of clear, green and red ornaments fill out the rest of the tree.
Celebrate the winter season with a nature-inspired Christmas tree. Mix in a variety of pine cones, leaves and birds throughout the branches, as well as a few metallic elements to add interest and sparkle.
This lively living room boasts a French country vibe with colorful accents, like the modern art above the sofa and zigzag area rug. A natural wood plank ceiling features metallic track lighting, while a pine tree next to the sliding glass door offers a festive Christmas touch.
Golden baubles, high-end finishes and metallic trees are all excellent ways to bring your Christmas decor into the 21st Century. Moving beyond the traditional red and green is a big step toward embracing a modern color palette. Here, small green, blue and silver decorations add holiday sparkle to this cozy living room without being too overwhelming.
Try something new this year with a space-saving, alternative Christmas tree that can even display cards from friends and family. You'll need: 4x8-foot sheet of luan; latex paint or water-based stain; staining pad (if using stain); drill; 1/2-inch paddle bit; colored craft string; upholstery tacks or push pins; 6-foot strand of 12-gauge wire; tennis ball; picture nail; hammer; battery-operated LED twinkle lights; duct tape in metallic finish; scissors; chalk.