West Real Estate | Wilmington Real Estate, Tewksbury Real Estate, Reading Real Estate

Colored lights and family ornaments make for a sentimental Christmas and a deep green tree covered in sparkling white lights a classic one. But if you’re ready to branch out and try something new this year try these tips for a Modern Christmas.

Updated Monochromatic Metallics

Gold is always a holiday season staple. This year mix glitter, satin and metallic ornaments of the same color and shade for a sleek monochromatic tree. The clean lines of geometric ornaments will be sure to set your theme apart from Christmas’ past. Make sure everything from the tinsel to the present wrappings tie into your gold theme for the full effect.

Or try silver decor sprinkled across a white tree. Matching ribbon and fluffy fur accents will have you feeling like you live in a true winter wonderland. If you want to work the monochromatic trend but can’t have Christmas without some color choosing a red theme makes this look feel modern and sentimentally classic all at once.

A Very Hygge Christmas

Reach for decorations made of natural elements like cotton or burlap and plenty of pine branches mixed with branches of berries. Greenery and neutral colors are what really make this style.

So stock up on sticks of cinnamon, clear ornament bulbs filled with wintery leafs, and stockings made of fur. Candles, books and cozy warm socks all bring the essence of cozy warmth to your home for the holidays.

Eucalyptus Is Having A Moment

Whether found on wreaths, mantel side decor, tree decorations, garland, or even as the final touch to present wrapping eucalyptus is in all the holiday inspiration spreads.

Tie a sprig with twine wrapped around a present or add some into your pine wreaths and garland. If you can’t get your hands on some eucalyptus try bringing elements with a similar lush velvety green or even some eucalyptus scented candles.

A New Flavor For Wreaths

This year wreaths are scaling way back to basics. Forget extravagant, fluffy wreaths stuffed with bows, berries, and birds.

Minimal wreaths made from a gold hoop with just a small bunch of greenery artfully arranged as an accent make a big statement. Pine cones, branches, and berries mixed with non-traditional greenery is what makes these new wreaths feel like a breath of fresh air.

Bring The Outdoors Inside

Bring in branches and slices of tree stumps into your decor this year. And get creative! The craftier you get with this look the more complete and unique it will look.

Hang ornaments from a ribbon tied to a large branch hung horizontally across the wall. Tuck lemons, tangerines and oranges dotted with cloves throughout your home for a modern look and classic holiday fragrance.

And if you want to go all out this year incorporate all of these themes together! It will surely be one to remember

Do the walls of your home ever feel bland and uninviting? What you need for your home is to add depth to the walls. Everything from the colors of the walls to what you place on them helps to give your rooms a feeling of sophisticated complexity. 

Try Using Contrast On Your Walls

If you choose a dark color for your walls, you can use bright colors as a contrast to bring out the prominent features of the room. 

Use Texture On Your Walls

You don’t have to rely on paint to color your walls. It’s a good idea for you to use some tapestry or cloth and hang it on the walls to help add texture and depth to a room.

Reflect On The Room

Using mirrors can help to make any room appear bigger. Mirrors are deceiving in a way, but when placed strategically, they can really add a lot to a room. Allowing for reflections in the room also adds depth and a larger feeling to the space, 

Don‘t Make A Space Too Busy

Avoid using a lot of colors in a room. While contrasting colors add something special to a space, bright, mismatched colors will only make you dizzy. 

Make Use Of Tile

Particularly in kitchens and bathrooms, tile can help to add some depth to the space. Your kitchen can be painted a lovely color and finding tiles to match for a backsplash can really help the room to stand out. Even the color grout that you use can help add complexity to a room. If you have brick, wood, or any kind of stone present in a room, be sure to help those features stand out. The best way to approach design sometimes is to take what you see in nature and bring it into your space. From earth tones to highlighting the natural features in your home, you can really make your home feel well-rounded from the inside out. 

Try Painting The Walls Different Colors

There’s no rule that says you need to paint a room all one color. Often, you can add a lot to a room just by having that one accent wall. Putting the piece of furniture that will be the focal point of the room on the accent wall can really bring out the features of the room. If your color scheme is leaning towards blues and whites, for example, paint each wall white except for one. Choose an alluring shade of blue for the accent wall. Be sure that your furniture matches with whatever wall color scheme that you choose as well.                 

Whether you’re recreating a room completely, or simply re-purposing what you have, it’s easy to make your design work for you and provide complexity and depth.

One very important, yet often overlooked aspect of setting up a home is that of lighting. We often take lighting for granted. We turn on a light in order to see something better, but there’s so much more to a well-lit room than placing a light anywhere in the space. Lighting should be done in layers. These layers include:

  • Ambient lighting
  • Accent lighting
  • Task lighting
  • Decorative lighting

For well-balanced lighting in a room, you should mix and match the types of lighting from these layers. Let’s break down the different layers of lighting:


This kind of lighting includes natural light sources such as windows and doors. Ambient lighting would also include pendant lighting and overhead light fixtures like a combination light/ ceiling fan.


Task lighting is exactly as the name denotes. You use this type of lighting when you want to complete some kind of task. These fixtures could include under the counter lighting, desk lamps, and reading lamps. 


Accent lighting provides additional brightness to a room. These fixtures include adjustable lights and recessed lighting features. 


Decorative lighting accents a room in a different way. These types of fixtures would be something like chandeliers, different colored light bulbs, and other lights that can be used for decoration.      


The great thing about the right kind of lighting is that it will feature the best parts of a room. Do you have a painting that you love? Use lighting to bring it out. Is there a statue that you want to make stand out? Use a soft spotlight. You can even highlight your crown molding and ceiling features with some mounted sconces or rope lights along the edge of your ceiling for an added effect. 

Spread It Out

One of the worst mistakes that people make when lighting a room is forgetting to spread out their light sources. All of the light in the room is concentrated in one spot, leaving dark patches in the space. This can be a decorator’s nightmare. This is why the layering method works so well. The lighting is spread out around the room and even. There won’t be any spots in the room where the lighting is overwhelming or on the flip side, not enough.

Use Your Windows

One of the other big mistakes in lighting is that people often forget to make use of the natural daylight. While you may need some lighting in a room that’s used often at night, there should be some great resources coming from right outside your windows. Don’t block this light! Use creative ways to direct the light accordingly like curtains and blinds. Don’t be afraid to leave some window space open as well to let the light shine in. While you don’t want to sacrifice your privacy, you do not want to live with your windows darkened all day, every day!