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Published: Sunday, December 8, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

What's hot in holiday decor and accessories this year

  • Knit motifs, like the ones on these Fair Isle ornaments from Land of Nod, evoke the holiday season's sentiments of warmth and comfort.

    Land of Nod

    Knit motifs, like the ones on these Fair Isle ornaments from Land of Nod, evoke the holiday season's sentiments of warmth and comfort.

  • Soft ivory velvet is inscribed with silvery lettering on this elegant decorative Joy pillow from Pier 1 Imports. Accent pieces like throw pillows are ...

    Pier 1 Imports

    Soft ivory velvet is inscribed with silvery lettering on this elegant decorative Joy pillow from Pier 1 Imports. Accent pieces like throw pillows are a way to introduce seasonal decor beyond the ornaments.

  • Whimsical stuffed dog ornaments are fun for kids and add a quirky twist to holiday decor.

    Land of Nod

    Whimsical stuffed dog ornaments are fun for kids and add a quirky twist to holiday decor.

  • Folk-style ornaments like these figures from Ikea are at the heart of a traditional Christmas.

    Ikea

    Folk-style ornaments like these figures from Ikea are at the heart of a traditional Christmas.

  • These stylized gold and silver nutcrackers are actually candles from Jonathan Adler's holiday collection.

    JCPenney

    These stylized gold and silver nutcrackers are actually candles from Jonathan Adler's holiday collection.

  • A red mercury glass pillar candle holder from Pier 1 Imports adds sparkle and shine even without lit candles. Red is once again a popular color this h...

    Pier 1 Imports

    A red mercury glass pillar candle holder from Pier 1 Imports adds sparkle and shine even without lit candles. Red is once again a popular color this holiday season.

  • Christmas can be amply represented with a clever fold-out tree, complete with ornaments.

    Ikea

    Christmas can be amply represented with a clever fold-out tree, complete with ornaments.

  • Gold beading and the deep hue of this snowflake-emblazoned pillow from Pier 1 Imports show off two big holiday themes; metallics and crimson.

    Pier 1 Imports

    Gold beading and the deep hue of this snowflake-emblazoned pillow from Pier 1 Imports show off two big holiday themes; metallics and crimson.

Following the general trend in home decor, holiday trim and accessories this year are an eclectic mix of traditional and nontraditional colors and styles.
While red and green are popular hues, they are not married to each other. Red might be paired with ivory or amethyst; green may partner with copper, caramel or bright white.
As for what goes on the tree or the mantel, well, that's the thing: Anything goes. Some general trends:
Holiday hues
While jewel tones and creamy palettes hold strong, red is red-hot.
"When it comes to an 'it' color for Christmas this year, it's red -- a bright, cheery red like you find on traditional Scandinavian ornaments," says Sara Peterson, editor in chief of HGTV Magazine.
Ikea has a cheery collection of traditional Scandinavian ornaments including folk people, stars and goats. Land of Nod's Rising Star tree topper features curly white embroidery on crimson felt.
Cranberry red candlesticks from Pier 1 take mercury glass down a different road, while beaded reindeer and snowflakes bring glamour to red velvet and satin throw pillows.
Winter white continues to appeal to holiday decorators; with or without touches of sparkle, it's calming, elegant and chic. And don't disregard earthier colors -- think of bare birch branches hung with gold and silver stars; luxe bowls brimming with copper ornaments; chocolate brown mohair throws.
Conserve
Take stock of what you already have around the house.
A throw blanket makes a cozy tree skirt. Use a scarf as a table runner. Use nature for holiday decoration -- think backyard branches, berries and pinecones.
Fill a vase or candle holder with jingle bells or peppermints. Wrap red, green or metallic ribbon around plain white pillar candles.
Evoking the festive spirit without overt reference: faux fur or knitted throws and pillow covers; throw pillows with snow scenes or deer, antler and deer accessories; glittery pillows.
Retro holiday
Vintage is going to be a popular holiday theme, especially when it comes to typography. Look for throwback fonts on everything from toss pillows to serving trays. HomeGoods has decorative hanging signs done in old-fashioned type with words like "Believe."
Imaginative holiday
Critters both exotic and domestic abound. Land of Nod has felt dog ornaments, as well as rabbits, walruses and unicorns.
Story tags » Interior decoratingChristmas

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