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Twinkling lights, boughs of garland and singing Santa Clauses are not everyone’s idea of an ideal holiday season. For some, a quainter approach to holiday décor captures better the warmth and togetherness of the Yuletide season. From rustic holiday cards to ribbon-laced pine cones, here are some ideas to inspire the pastoral side of your holiday decorating scheme.
The key to a rustic holiday theme is downplaying your décor. Instead of relying on bright lights and sparkling tinsel, use muted, earthy tones to make subtle features pop. Wooden objects, such as decorative pine cones and woven branch wreaths, add a tasteful, yet textural design palette, especially when contrasted with deep reds, silvers and golds.
To add a twinkle to your décor, use candles instead of Christmas lights to create a soft shimmer, like stars glistening in the country sky. Natural firelight adds a quiet ambience to any room, opening a warm, inviting space for the entire family.
Though much of your holiday décor is based on how it looks, adding fragrance takes your theme to a whole other level. Scented candles, fresh pine and a wood-burning fire bring the true scent of the country into your living room. There is nothing like the scent of fresh cinnamon and the sound of a crackling fire to transport your home to a more idyllic place for the holidays.
Finally, tie your entire décor theme together with rustic holiday cards that evoke the style and simplicity of country living. From party invitations to family portraits, share the values of togetherness and simplicity with your friends and family.
Stay up to date with the latest design trends when creating your rustic holiday experience. New inspiration is found every day, and even the simplest objects, like a stick or a pine cone, can become a true piece of pastoral beauty in your home.