An Ethan Allen Designer Shares Tips on Decorating for the Holidays

MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — For many, nothing puts you in the holiday mood better than decorating.

“Decorating for the holidays is so important because it puts you in that festive place,” said Ethan Allen Design Consultant Sonia Paul.

Paul recently shared a few tips to get your home in the holiday spirit. First, when it comes to color, don’t be afraid to think outside the box.

“In terms of color you can have a lot of fun with it,” she explained. “It doesn’t have to be the traditional, the green and the red.”

For example, she paired lime green and turquoise. For an easy way to add a pop of your chosen color combo around your home, she suggests filling hurricane vases with ornaments.

“Higher hurricanes can be placed on buffets or any kind of counter setting that you might have,” she said.

Another beautiful color combo for the holidays is one you might not expect.

“Many people think that white is traditionally a summer color, but winter white is so festive,” Paul explained. “Mixed with silver, it is perfect for the holidays.”

Create a winter wonderland with a collection of trays, bowls, vases, and gorgeous candles from Ethan Allen. Or, add a white throw and pillows to your couch.

“As a designer, my favorite part about decorating for the holidays is definitely the lighting,” Paul said. “Lighting is so important during the holidays because it sets the mood.”

A simple way to add sparkle to your home is by putting Christmas lights in a glass vase. Paul also says when it comes to holiday decor, candles are key.

“Soft light makes everything look beautiful,” Paul explained.

Another easy way to make your home look more festive is with evergreens.

“Using greens brings the outside in,” Paul said.

Place them everywhere from a silver tray to your buffet table. And when it comes to decorate the dining room table, Paul says the lower your tablescape, the better.

“You want to keep your centerpiece low so you want to be able to see over to your guests and not obstruct the conversation,” Paul explained.

Speaking of conversation, one last tip is to arrange your furniture so your holiday guests feel at home.

“So make sure your sofa is breathing from the wall,” she explained. “You don’t want all your furniture backed on the wall. We realize you’re having guests over but you want to really create that traffic flow and add some conversation groupings.”

With these tips, you’ll be ready for the holidays in no time. To learn more about Ethan Allen’s beautiful furniture and accessories, visit

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