December 16, 2017

Using Color to Enhance Your Christmas Light Decorations

Color Makes the Mood

Color has an amazing ability to evoke emotion and create mood.  Using color to create the feeling you want your home to emanate for Christmas is easier than you might imagine.

Using Color to enhance your christmas light decorationsTake elegance for example.  Shades of gold and ivory together can create one of the most elegant Christmas statements.  Simply mixing these two colors in your Christmas light decorations will give you the antique feel of sophisticated holidays of years gone by.  Remove all the bold color from your decorative scheme and the feeling is not only elegant, but soft, calm, quiet and sophisticated–perfect for chic, grown-up adult parties.

Need a livelier scheme?  Simply add some red to your gold and ivory decorations and suddenly your home takes on a bolder and more contemporary look.  Check out this Christmas tree and see how the color changes your reaction to the photo.

Using Color to enhance your christmas light decorations 1Should you need to entertain sophisticated clients, family and children all in one space, consider starting with a base color-scheme of gold and ivory.  You can entertain your professional friends with this calm, chic scheme. Then when it’s time for the family and kids to arrive, change the entire mood quickly by simply adding a few red flower picks to your garlands and red ornaments to your tree.  Voila! In no time you can change the entire mood of party with a few simple changes to your Christmas lights decorations.

Using Color to enhance your christmas light decorations 2Let There Be Light–Candle and Wreath Lighting

Light as well as color can be used to influence the emotions evoked by holiday decorating.  Add candles and wreath lighting to a mantle to achieve a beautiful warm look above your fireplace like the one pictured here.

Using Color to enhance your christmas light decorations 3Elegant Inside & Outside Christmas Lights

When the interior is complete, you’ll want to be sure to take you Christmas light outdoor.  Elegant, beautiful Christmas light decorations are as easy to complete outdoors as in.  Consider this outdoor Christmas tree.  It’s simple, elegant and carries our beautiful gold scheme outside.

Decorating With Color: Christmas Light Decorations

Encourage Environmentally-Friendly Green Christmas Lighting

decorating with color christmas light decorationsSince green is the hot color these days, why not try decorating with green Christmas lighting this holiday season.  Green Christmas lighting is a great choice for both indoor and outdoor Christmas light decorations.  Using all-green Christmas lighting indoors can give one an almost tropical feel with mass quantities of green Christmas lighting strategically placed throughout the work/living space.  Green is associated with ecology and renewal.  With everything colored green, it will begin to feel like a fresh tropical forest indoors.  While monochromatic white or multi-colored bulbs are popular outdoor Christmas light decorations, an environmentally friendly statement can be made by designing an outdoor theme around all green Christmas lighting.  Of course, this would have to be a mass display of green Christmas lighting covering house, shrubbery, walkways, hanging tree ornaments, etc.  Your neighbors will be green with envy and they may even be motivated to make their own green Christmas lighting statement.

Feel Blue No More with Blue Holiday Lights

decorating with color christmas light decorations 1One way to rid those holiday blues is with the use of blue holiday lights.  Add sparkle and pizzazz to your world with all-blue holiday lights.  One beautiful application of blue holiday lights is to set a mood for nativity scenes of peaceful remembrance that looks especially elegant in northern snowy climates.  Blue is a symbol of Mary and the Advent within Christian beliefs making blue holiday lights a good choice to accent and highlight a nativity scene.  If peace and harmony are your goal, use blue holiday lights.  They’re not just for blue-bloods.

Fire-up the Holiday with Orange Christmas lights

decorating with color christmas light decorations 2Orange has found a way to go beyond the Halloween displays in October and survive all the way to December as Christmas light decorations.  This unexpected fire-burst of color will keep one alert with anticipation of the season.  Orange Christmas lights, representing adventure, excitement, and interest, are appealing to all people who enjoy Christmas light decorations.  With their intense bright warm color, orange Christmas lights are a perfect decorating accent.  A strand of orange Christmas lights and an orange candle placed in a large glass hurricane make a beautiful table-top accent piece.  Get out the orange Christmas lights in October and keep them out right through the holiday season.

Holiday Decorating–Who Spots this Year’s Trends?

The Buyer–In Control of What We Purchase for Holiday Decorating

Every wonder who is responsible for the selection of xmas lighting products and decorations you see in the store?  You may suspect its some unseen buyer somewhere, but what’s the real story behind the Christmas light decorations and products you see offered for sale?

holiday decorating who spot this year trendTruth be known these unseen buyers have a lot of say over what we eventually take home with us for our festive lighting and holiday decorating projects.  If they don’t put it in the stores, it’s unlikely most of us will have the option to purchase it. These buyers job is to preview all of the merchandise offered by vendors and select those Christmas lighting decorating ideas that are sure to sell. If they make too many errors on second guessing you, the customer, their bottom line is sure to suffer.  Then again if they’re perceptive and choose the season’s sure winners, they’re on their way to becoming retailing geniuses.

Trade Shows for Decorations and Xmas Lighting

holiday decorating who spot this year trend 1These days buyers are selecting the merchandise we’ll see at Christmas at a few very important trade shows.  According to “Selling Christmas Decorations Magazine” buyers are most likely to attend the Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market, the Dallas Total Home & Gift/Market Holiday & Home Expo, the New York International Gift Fair, the Chicago Market Living and Giving, the International Halloween, Costume and Party Show and the National Stationery Show.

Trends in Christmas Lighting Decorating

holiday decorating who spot this year trend 2Recent trends of note seen at these shows include a focus on nostalgia, natural/green holiday decorations, products influenced or made by skilled artisans, products with African American themes, food items and products that can be easily adapted to other holidays like Halloween and Easter. An example of this type of product is an ornament tree that can be used to display various seasonal symbols.   Whatever the trends this coming Xmas season, it’s sure to be an interesting time when the stores open there doors for us to peruse the aisles of ,merchandising to tempt us into beginning our holiday decorating.