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Ready to start your Christmas decorating? Try a different colour palette this holiday season.

Another holiday season is upon us, and while some traditions remain fresh year after year, others can start to feel stale faster than you can break open that box of red and green ornaments. Even the classic schemes – icy blues, glitzy golds, snowy whites – can feel tired after a few years. If you’re the type who eschews the familiar, try infusing a new festive spirit into your holiday celebrations this year with a fabulous glamour-inspired tabletop of pinks, purples and dazzling metallics for a sensational spin on traditional cheer, joy and good tidings.

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A glamorous table
“Use a beautiful patterned paper or interesting fabric as your inspiration,” says stylist Lara McGraw, who created the sparkling look of this dressed-up dining room. “It’s an instant mood board.” Lara’s jumping-off point was a sari fabric, and she made the leap from there to Bollywood, an aesthetic that’s all about saturated colours, rich textiles and glittering jewels. “Keep it modern and sophisticated by choosing a colour palette and staying within it,” Lara adds.

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