Make it a green holiday with sustainable, sparkly decor

By Hawaii Renovation Posted in: DecorDesign

This year’s holiday season is taking on a decidedly modern twist, with an emphasis on recycling and repurposing old decorations, utilizing sustainable decor and adding sparkle to complete the look.

Shari Canepa, American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), member, LEED Green Associate, and a member of the interior design faculty at The Art Institute of California San Francisco, a campus of Argosy University, says that sustainability begins with the icon of Christmas: the Christmas tree.

“It can no longer be artificial or cut. Bring a potted tree into your home.”

Canepa also recommends creating a new focal point in the public area of your home to reinforce the spirit of the season. “You can do this with a tree, wreaths, special seasonal decorative accessories or lighting.”

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To design a new focal point, Canepa suggests an arrangement of various sized potted trees that can be conveniently moved. Create a mini forest of varying sizes and heights and decorate with lights and ornaments.

To continue the sustainable trend, utilize energy-friendly LED lights around pictures, ceiling moldings, desk railings, in interior flower arrangements or on door casings.

Modernize the holiday by choosing a salmon and chartreuse color scheme over traditional red and green, mentions Canepa. “If this part of the color wheel leaves you flat, use the symbols of Christmas like candy canes, reindeer, stars, pinecones, stockings, candles and balls — but make sure they are other hues than red and green. Add white, lots of white, which adds pop.”

Silver, gold and mirrored surfaces are also appropriate and modern, as are neutral colors such as white, gray and beige when combined with shiny materials.

“Silver is the metallic accent that ties [this year’s holiday] colors together,” says Ann Durkin, part-time adjunct faculty professor of Interior Design at The Art Institute of Phoenix.

She advises holiday decorators to keep things simple and to showcase special pieces such as handmade ornaments. “There is no need to buy new decorations every year. But don’t let the old decorations drive your design for the space.” Be selective in how you will re-use them.

Durkin says that updating old ornaments can be as simple as repainting them with matte silver paint and affixing silver beads with a sheer silver bow.

The key to this holiday season’s decorating: keeping things simple yet chic while matching your personal style.

This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.