Golden holiday glam
1 Work with what you got
When you stick to a theme, you can’t overdo it. An array of accessories works effortlessly in this dining room because the black and gold hues match the existing palette. The gold (in the tableware, on the tree and in the accents) plays off what’s already there (the pattern in the wallpaper, the mirrors and the rug). And the diva of the room – an über-glamorous black feather Christmas tree dripping in gold – oozes drama.
Blue Mountain BC1581440 WALLPAPER, Primetime Paint & Paper; Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams TABLE & CHAIRS, Elte; cushions, Putti Fine Furnishings; MIRRORS, AT Design Group; Tom Dixon PENDANT LIGHTS, Klaus; RUG, Weavers Art; CHRISTMAS TREE, Bouclair Home.Having a foundation of clean, contemporary furnishings means you can let your decorations be the star.
2 Layer in the luxe
Hits of glitz awaken an otherwise elegant but demure place setting. Gold chargers and flamboyant flatware suit this decadent palette, while store-bought crackers get punched up with craft-store flourishes that also echo the theme.
PLATES, PLACEMAT, CRACKER, HomeSense; gold PLACE CARD HOLDER, Elte; Rogers Bros. gold-plated Orleans FLATWARE, Cynthia Findlay Antiques; NAPKIN RING, Putti Fine Furnishings.
3 Brighten it up
Don’t underestimate two-toned palettes – they offer incredible depth when you go all out, as evidenced by this black feather Christmas tree’s golden glow.
TREE ORNAMENTS, Bouclair Home.
4 Gild the orchid
The Asian-fan-motif wallpaper inspired this modern, exotic centrepiece. Yellow orchids – spray-painted with gold floral paint and placed in black bud vases – match the golden yellow candles and drinking glasses on the table. In muted black, the sequined runner doesn’t overpower the display. Choose any flower that matches your decor theme (calla lilies for traditional and mums for modern) and spray-paint them metallic in one of your colours.
Tse & Tse black VASES, Hollace Cluny; GLASSWARE, HomeSense; CANDLE HOLDER, The Bay; Starlight Sequins TABLE RUNNER, Bouclair Home.
5 Raise the bar
There’s not one staid element in this Mad Men-meets-Tom Ford holiday bar with a nod to Asia. Martini glasses on a gilded mirrored tray set the scene. An oversized candle holder filled with gold and black ornaments provides a polished punch. The orchid (we left this one unpainted) is an exception to the black-and-gold rule (if you make one statement, make it count).
Van Dyke CHEST, Cinchwaist TRAY, candle holder, gold SUCCULENTS, Elte; Toward Light ARTWORK by Iriko, Canvas Gallery; PITCHER & MARTINI GLASSES, Williams-Sonoma; Tse & Tse VASE, Hollace Cluny; ORNAMENTS, Michaels.
6 Bear fruit
Natural greenery, such as a cedar clipping, makes a fragrant flourish on gifts. Mix and match with artificial flora and plant materials that blend in with your scheme (faux blackberries were used here).
7 Be playful
Don’t be too serious about dramatic holiday decorating – splurge on fun, festive appetizer plates to establish the right tone for the party. These stylish dishes are perfect for a New Year’s Eve celebration.
Clock PLATES, Ralph Lauren.
8 Serve up the unexpected
Fill a decorative bowl with inexpensive Christmas balls, pop a gilded flower on a gift, scatter sparkly stars on your holiday tabletops – just stick with your palette!