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Four easy ways to “up” the elegance this holiday

No matter what your particular decorating style may be, with a little planning, it’s easier than ever to achieve an elegant look in your home for the coming holiday season.

In order to create a refined and stylish space, follow these four easy tips from Sally Morse, director of creative services for Hunter Douglas, to bring a sense of royal splendor to even the most regular setting.

1. Less is more

Some say that at the core of elegance is the idea that what isn’t there, can matter more than what is. With this in mind, before holiday decorating begins, start with a clean palate. Clear out clutter and put away everyday tabletop items such as vases, tall candle holders and other accessories to make room for well-chosen decorative accents.

2. Lovely lighting

Ideal for the holidays or at any time during the year, master the art of window dressing and transform natural light into mood-altering radiance. Try Hunter Douglas Duette Architella honeycomb shades that feature a patented cell-within-a-cell design, creating more air pockets than traditional shades for enhanced energy efficiency. With six fabrics and more than 180 colour and design choices, Duette Architella shades are ideal for any discerning design palette.

3. Pretty pairings

Choose coordinating holiday colours that don’t overwhelm, whether red-and-white or blue-and-gold, and forgo a hodgepodge of festive colours to create a classic space. From Christmas tree ornaments to tablecloths, wreath accents, garlands and more, finish off the classic scheme by adding florals around the space. Try monochromatic arrangements in white or red with evergreen accents in platinum, silver or glass vases for a polished look.


Image courtesy: Hunter Douglas

4. Royal shimmer

Like Louis XIV who built the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles, today’s homeowner knows that a glimmering space appears elegant and is also favoured during the holidays. To add elements that sparkle, incorporate elegant crystal candle holders or simply place candles on a mirror for a reflective glow.

Whether a chateau or a corner apartment, everyone can have an elegantly appointed home this holiday season. More decorating ideas and  information can be found online at or toll-free at 1-800-265-8000.

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