Holiday Decorating With Neutrals

November 10, 2015Holly Sosa

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If I had things my way, my family’s Christmas tree would be glittering in all it’s lighted glory the moment costumes are tucked away after collecting candy from the neighborhood. IT’S WHO I AM PEOPLE, ACCEPT ME. I’ve got the soul of one of Santa’s elves living inside me and decking the halls is a part of me that I can’t wait to let run wild, tinsel in hand, candy cane earrings dangling in the wind.

One of my favorite places to shop for Christmas decorations is at my local Big Lots. And this year they did not disappoint. I spent a full hour deciding which direction I wanted to take for my buffet table this year. Between the adorable holiday marquee signs and chalkboard accents, I had the hardest time and developed a case of in-and-then-out-of-my-cart-syndrome.

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Since I live in the desert and I can only dream of a white Christmas, I found myself attracted most to the white and neutral colors. Once I realized that was what was happening, I loaded my cart with all of the gorgeous items Big Lots had to offer (styles and assortment vary by store). Reflective surfaces, battery operated candles, twinkle lights, gorgeous textured trees, and even a rhinestone studded reindeer. Then my Holy grail: a white lantern that was not only a lovely holiday addition, but an item I knew I could use year round. My mom has one similar that I’ve long wanted.

Decorating with neutrals may seem boring at first, but my newly decorated buffet table begs to differ. Combining holiday whites, silvers, and golds with reflective surfaces and natural textures creates a luxurious setting. And yes, you can get luxury from Big Lots. Want to know how to decorate with neutrals without getting beige fever? Here are some of my tips.

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Create a light source using candles and twinkle lights

Adding soft light dazzles up a neutral pallet and gives it a sort of romantic and luxurious feel. Use battery operated candles or twinkle lights to reflect off of surfaces and other decorative items in your display.

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Use reflective surfaces and items

My favorite find was the rhinestone studded reindeer. I loved that it was reflective, which makes it perfect to display with twinkle lights and (battery operated) candles. The lights gently beam off the rhinestones on the deer, my silver tray, and the other reflective accents in my display.

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Use several neutral colors and textures

Don’t stick to just one color. Instead choose several neutrals like brown, copper, gold, and creamy whites. Add in texture with candle vases, like this honeycomb one I found at Big Lots. I also added some texture with the feathered and bark covered trees shown here.

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Despite what you may think, neutrals can be a stunning way to embrace the holidays and welcome guests into your home. Don’t be afraid of them and use my tips, I promise you’ll love the results!

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Be sure to check out the Big Lots website for more holiday decorating inspiration. You can also visit their Pinterest for more ideas from bloggers like me. Join in National Decorate Your Home for the holidays week and transform your home into a Winter Wonderland with Big Lots November 16th through the 22nd.


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    November 10, 2015 at 9:34 AM

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  • Summer Davis

    November 10, 2015 at 7:58 PM

    White and metallics are my favorite for decorating and I LOVE what you did with the holiday decor in your place. Can you come do my house please? #client

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