Christmas is just around the corner, and with our busy schedules it means that there is very little time left for decorating.

Nevertheless, we all want our homes to have that magical feeling that only the Christmas Season brings. Families and friends all over the world enjoy gathering in cozy, colorful, charming homes that reminds them of how lucky and blessed they are to have each other. Decorating for the holidays to give your home this effect does not have to be complicated and time consuming, it can be kept simple, elegant and unique.


We all know that red, green, gold, and silver are the traditional Christmas colors. And they make a wonderful combination to work with. However, this year why not give your Christmas tree a new look by selecting a monochromatic color theme? It’s simple to do and will give your tree a unique and stylish feel. 

Start by selecting one color, such as blue. Pick your ornaments in different shades of blue such as metallic light blues, dark blues, glittered, sparkly blues, and even textured blues. Do not forget the lights, which also come in blue. The color-scheme design should also include the entire room; add accents of blue throughout the room such as on pillows, window treatments, table runners and garlands.

And let’s not forget the Christmas lights; they are also a big part of the holiday season both inside and outside the home. We see strands of lights everywhere, multi colored strands and the ever popular white strands framing homes, shrubs and bushes. What most of these homes have in common is the same color combination year after year. 

For 2012, consider thinking outside-the-box and decorate with one bright single colored strand of lights in a color you have never used.

Your Christmas decor should say something about you and your family’s changing style throughout the years. So go bold and try something different this season!

Marlene Pratt is the co-founder of Casa Latina, an interior designer and on-air television host on both English and Spanish-language television. Follow Marlene on Twitter at @CasaLatinaToday and Like her FB page

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