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Quick and Easy Holiday Decorating

The countdown is on! Over the next few weeks, you will be busy entertaining family and friends with everything from simple hors d’oeuvres and cocktails to a full sit-down extravaganza. Although the holiday season may not be the best time to be taking on a huge makeover, I have been known to paint a bathroom or change a wall’s accent colour mere hours before my first guests arrive!

Colour in small ways

It’s amazing how a fresh coat of colour can really liven up your home decor and create a welcoming atmosphere. With a small quantity of paint and a short amount of time, you can update your powder room or entrance for yourself and your holiday guests. Or for a small project that doesn’t involve walls, quickly transform an old flea market find like a bench or console table with a lick of paint to bring some pizazz to the front foyer.

A festive mantel

Santa isn’t the only one that will be gawking at your artful holiday mantel! Often the fireplace is a focal point, so give it the love it deserves with colour and accessories. Painting an art store canvas is a great way to bring mobile colour blocks to the focal area without a permanent change. Traditional holiday colours such as red, white and green don’t coordinate perfectly in everyone’s home. If you’re looking for a more trendy approach to a holiday colour scheme, try blue and plum with touches of silver or gold. Blue Danube and Radicchio are my two picks for hues with a festive note that continue to look great throughout all the seasons.

Keep it simple

Remember that elegance and simplicity is key. You can pull off winning table decor by simply choosing a colour theme and following it through with a tablecloth and dinner napkins. Add candles and fresh flowers or make your own seasonal centrepiece with decorative pine and cedar branches, found just outside your door.

DIY

You might even consider creating your own name cards to organize the seating plan. Chalkboard paint is a great tool for a DIY project like this. My kids love to participate in this part by writing all the names of the dinner guests and decorating each card. If you’re really daring, you will even let them choose the seating arrangements! Now that could really shake up the dinner conversation...

With big or small decorating gestures, be ready to charm your guests with your creativity this season. With a little imagination and great colour combinations, you can coast though the holiday decorating season with ease!

SHARON GRECH BIO: Colour consultant Sharon Grech is a colour and design spokesperson for Benjamin Moore paints and regular guest expert on City TV’s City Line

-by Sharon Grech