Guide to the perfect holiday decor tips!

I recently designed a magical holiday décor scene for Niagara Fall’s Winter Festival of Lights. Several other celebrity designers also created enchanting seasonal vignettes, as did some up and coming design students from Humber College. To inspire homeowners, we’re sharing our top ten holiday décor tips. To see a sneak peak video of the set ups click here.

Table Rock Niagara Falls - winter festival of lights

“I love natural items in my holiday décor,” says Jo Alcorn. “Add in birch logs to your home for a holiday feel — whether it’s outside in an urn or a pile by your fireplace.” Deck the Falls Designer for Table Rock 

winter festival of lights, Niagrara falls

A great way to personalize home décor is to create your own tree topper. Simply purchase a variety of picks, sprays, and twigs and arrange them on top of your tree. Use extras to fill in empty spaces, or incorporate them throughout your home as floral arrangements.” Deck the Falls Humber design student, Jeanette Piatek for Marriott Fallsview Hotel & Spa   

winter festival of lights Christine Dovey

“In addition to lit trees, I love using LED strips and twinkle lights to enhance holiday vignettes,” Christine Dovey. “Large light globes are another wonderful way of getting high impact holiday sparkle, especially when placed beside a fireplace.”  
Deck the Falls Designer for Marriott on the Falls 

Christmas trees

“Limited space? Consider using a tall skinny tree with a smaller diameter. Make it glamorous by using jewel-toned ornaments. A great tip is to group ornaments in bunches of threes. It gives the illusion of a fuller tree, and has more impact.” Deck the Falls Humber design student, Andrea Plonka. 

Jeanette Ewen - Christmas table top Decor

"My best advice is to have fun with it! Invite friends over, have a glass of wine and let the décor take centrestage,” advises Janette Ewen. “Neutral colour schemes like gold, silver and white always look chic and are easy to work with. For 2016 my favourite theme is enchanted forest — it's easy to achieve by adding touches of moss, along with woodland and animal motifs.” Deck the Falls Designer for The Old Stone Inn.   

Christmas Decor

“Sometimes it’s hard not to fall into the same colour schemes or traditional vignettes. Coloured lights and mirrored ornaments feel modern, and the lights will cast moving shapes on around the tree. Twinkle and spot lights will also make your Christmas décor shine brightly.” Deck the Falls Humber design student, Thea Brothers, Embassy Suites  

holiday decor ideas, nutcrackers

“I love to incorporate a little DIY,” says Nicholas Rosaci. “For the Winter Festival of Lights I created two custom toy soldiers. We gave them a makeover with paint, beautiful ribbons, velvets and gem stones. You can also wrap empty boxes in gorgeous paper to create a little bling under your tree.”

polar bear

“Make use of vertical space by introducing cotton ball and crystal bead curtains, which work as space dividers, window displays and backdrops for vignettes.”  Deck the Falls Humber design student, Sophie Bisnaire for Radisson Hotel & Suites Fallsview        

christmas gift wrapping

"My number one tip is to incorporate colour pulled from your current decor — such as art — to create a cohesive feel," says Kasia Waloszczyk. “For example, if you have art that contains a smokey teal, add some faux fur pillows in the same tone to bring in a cozy texture.  Lastly, I always love to accent in whites — it truly brings the winter vibe indoors!”

Christmas gold

“To achieve modern, luxurious Christmas look, use gold and black to ground the space, and add focal-point pieces like Nutcrackers and gift boxes in various sizes. Fill in empty spaces at the base of the tree with large ornaments and use lights to highlight special decor pieces.”  Deck the Falls Humber design student Itza Reyes-Herra for Four Points Sheraton.

Happy Holidays Everyone!!

Jo Alcorn xo