Ethan Allen Designer Explains How to Take Your Holiday Decorations up a Notch

MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — You’ve probably put up your Christmas tree and strung some lights, but Ethan Allen Design Consultant Sonia Paul has a few ways to take your holiday decorations up a notch.

“Christmas lighting is key, not only in an everyday design sense, but also in the holiday sense,” Paul explained.

When it comes to the holidays, lighting can help set the mood, so add Christmas lights to existing pieces, and pair with pine for a festive look.

“Bringing greenery into everything just kind of brings life, brings the texture in from outdoors,” Paul said.

Candles are also key. Wow your holiday guests by placing them in a tray from Ethan Allen. This year, Paul also recommends taking your chandelier up a notch.

“Just put some greenery around it and that’s it,” Paul explained. “That’s all it needs.”

The look goes especially well with Ethan Allen’s Grand Geneva Chandelier, made out of whitewashed wood and rustic metal.

“The greenery with the lights definitely puts you in the festive place,” Paul said. “It’s just like a Christmas tree.”

When it comes to the dining table, make your wine bottle part of the centerpiece.

“We have these beautiful glass hurricanes that traditionally we put candles in, but for the holidays you can take those candles out, fill them with fresh cranberries, fresh greenery and use them as a wine chiller,” Paul explained.

It’s pretty yet functional … And don’t forget about those chairs.

“People are so worried about decorating the table top,” Paul said. “When you’re walking into a dining room you’re really seeing the back of the chair, so that’s a really pretty statement to make.”

Paul decorated Ethan Allen’s Cyra Side Chairs with greenery and a gold bow.

“When it comes to decorating, you definitely need to think outside the box,” Paul said.

Make your gifts shine by mixing metals.

“People often think they can’t mix metals but that is definitely not true,” she added.

Silver paper with a gold bow will put anyone in the holiday spirit.

“Decorating for the holidays brings us joy,” Paul said. “It puts us in that festive place.”

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