Part of a series: Living the Good Life with Chris Olsen
Would you like to put your own stamp on holiday decorating? If this question was posed on a survey, responses would overwhelmingly be in the affirmative. Who wouldn’t want to use elements, colors, and a decorating scheme that matches their own taste and color preferences. But time after time, we haul boxes down out of the attic and set up the same red-and-green color pairing, along with the same items we dust off and place around the room.
I think you can decorate for the holidays and put your own personality and references in it, all without much work. Pick two colors you want to use. They can be hot colors, or cool. ‘Hot’ refers to reds and oranges, ‘cool’ to their opposites on the color wheel. A pairing of these colors works best because you want to limit your theme, so it’s readily seen. I love cool colors, and have accessories throughout my house that reflect my predilections. You will, too. And, instead of adding all the individual items that proclaim Christmas, limit them. I chose to use ornaments solely for the simple reason I have so many. Think about those boxes in the attic; I bet you have a lot, too. Use a mass of these items, not just a few, and pile them up.