Most of us grew up with the tackiest Christmas tree. You know what I’m talking about: multicolored satin balls, silver icicle tinsels, foil or popcorn garlands or snow in a can… If you still don’t know what I’m talking about, I highly recommend that you watch a certain Christmas classic called “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”.
Trust me, as soon as I was able to express my disdain towards that outdated look, it didn’t take long before it all went out the window and replaced with something slight more monochrome and modern. Don’t get me wrong, kitchy and vintage styles can be fun in the right context (like, at grandma’s or at your neighborhood bar) but why not try something a little different like decorating in black & white! I’m being totally serious. Black and white… for Christmas.
Whether it’s for your tree, your table setting or gift wrapping, here are a few ways you can play with those two colors throughout the Holidays.
For Christmas Eve dinner, I like pairing a black table cloth with modern gold utensils and accessories, sleek candle sticks and a simple arrangement of fir and eucalyptus branches. So elegant, so chic.
Christmas brunch tends to be a little more laidback so let’s swap the black table cloth for something a little less glam, but still pretty, like linen. The all black dishes are replaced by white ones and we keep last night’s black candle sticks.
When it comes to gift wrapping, there are so many options. However, don’t limit yourself to the Holiday section. Look for a black mat paper, velvet ribbon in black or dark green and a little piece of mistletoe… Voilà, done!
“O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree”… Let’s keep it simple. Hang a few black, white, black & white and a few metallic ornaments. Wrap a beautiful thick ribbon all around (in a luxe material such as velvet or satin). Finally, add a bunch of white Christmas lights.
DIY is your jam? Here’s a simple idea and oh so perfect for this concept. Dip a few pine cones in white paint, once dry, place them as part of a table arrangement or in a decorative bowl.