Local interior designers know that decking the halls with boughs of holly can bring joy and excitement — or dread and resentment. So read on for advice from two of Utah County’s interior designers. They share their top tips to simplifying the decorating process and helping the magic of Christmas flourish in any room garnished with garland.
Adore the décor
Even if ornaments break, light strands don’t switch on and the dog knocks the tree over, enjoy the process. “With so much to do, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with decorating,” says Heather Osmond, owner of Osmond Designs in Orem and Lehi. “So my advice is, ‘Don’t endure Christmas, enjoy Christmas!’ Believe you can do it, and you will.”
Lights, ornaments, action
Organizing the decorating process can yield a beautifully balanced tree. “After setting up the tree and hanging the lights, place the large scale ornaments first,” Heather says. “Then fill in the rest of the tree with smaller scale bulbs and trinkets.”
Who says Christmas has to be exclusively red and green, or silver and gold? Lindy Allen, owner of Four Chairs Furniture in Lindon, says neutral and natural tones add subtle hints of Christmas without overwhelming the room. “We love using blues, metals and natural materials when decorating for the holidays,” Lindy says.
Tend to trend
There’s more to a Christmas theme than colors. Ornament styles and textures play in, too. “One of our favorite trends for Christmas this year is a natural color palette with woodland animal ornaments, aspen branches and mercury glass décor,” Lindy says.