10 Naturally sophisticated seasonal decor tips.

Incorporating unexpected materials extends the life of your holiday decor while adding texture and color during dreary winter months. Here are some inspiring examples I found.


t’s best to work tonally – different textures of the same color work well to add depth and interest while ensuring the overall look is tasteful and sophisticated.

TIP #1 For an unusual and eye-catching front door wreath, group the same type of foliage together to create clear sections.

TIP #2 Mix dried foliage, grasses or flowers, with sections of fresh greenery like eucalyptus and fresh herbs such as thyme, sage or rosemary.

TIP #3 Minimize your colors to whites, grey and sage greens for a wintry feel, but if bright hues are more to your taste, dried foliage comes in a whole host of unexpectedly bright shades which are perfect for contrast of color.

TIP #4 Remember, you can simply add a few touches of holiday sparkle that can be removed later.

There is nothing finer than a fresh wreath – fragrant Fir Spruce is a popular base for most wreaths. Combine this with Berried Ivy, Conifer and Berried Eucalyptus to help conjure the spirit of the season every time you walk through your door. And consider placing the wreath on the inside of the door instead!


More DIY inspirations

TIP #5 If you want to make a wreath from scratch, wreath workshops are enjoying huge popularity so look out for a local session.

TIP #6 If you’d rather go it alone, you can use cuttings from your fresh Christmas tree to form a good base (wrap a metal wreath base in damp moss and trim and wire on the spruce sprigs, working your way around in a circle).

TIP #7 Foliage favorites also include varieties of eucalyptus, ivy, holly and box, then you can decorate your wreath with anything from flowers to seed heads, pinecones to cinnamon sticks.

TIP #8 Break the rules! Consider irregular shapes that reflect the perfect imperfection of nature.

TIP #9 If you’d rather go it alone, you can use offcuts of your fresh Christmas tree to form a good base (wrap a metal wreath base in damp moss and trim and wire on the spruce sprigs, working your way around in a circle).

TIP #10 Foliage favorites also include varieties of eucalyptus, ivy, holly and box, then you can decorate your wreath with anything from flowers to seed heads, pinecones to cinnamon sticks.

More thoughts on ingredients

For a bolder wreath, consider complementary color schemes; choosing opposing hues from a color wheel will create a little more impact. Think sumptuous golds with deep blues or timeless red and green with woodland inspired browns and balanced with snow inspired whites for an effortless, natural look.

There is nothing finer than a fresh wreath – fragrant Fir Spruce is a popular base for most wreaths. Combine this with Berried Ivy, Conifer and Berried Eucalyptus to help conjure the spirit of the season every time you walk through your door.

It’s Christmas, so don’t be shy about making a statement with the finishing touches. Adding a large bow adds a rich flourish – match it to the colors in the wreath or choose a complementary, contrasting color for a bigger impact or opt for a classic wreath sans ribbon and let the wonderful, natural ingredients do the talking.