Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Choosing Your Color Story For The Holidays

There’s more to life than red or green—especially when it comes to holiday decorating. I was thinking today of past holiday celebrations I’ve designed and while we have used some of the traditional red and green colors we’ve also used some surprising colors that are non-traditional but feel and look classic all on their own.

It’s amazing what a little color can do to transform a space. Below are two pictures from the same space from different years:

As you plan your own holiday celebration, why not try and pick one color and stick with it throughout the whole event? It can be your favorite color, your partner’s favorite color, or even a color picked by one of your kids (just be ready to end up with a neon blue holiday party)! Carry it throughout all the accessories—for example, royal purple tablecloths, napkins, cutlery and centerpieces. If you’re feeling especially ambitious, you can even use that color for all your gift wrapping paper, gift tags and bows. 

You might be surprised at how dramatic a table can look like when you combine different shades of just one color. If you’re color shy, you could try using metallic colors like silver or gold to dress up your event.

Mostly, I think it’s important to be adventurous with what colors you choose and don’t be afraid to break tradition to get the look you want. Besides, how else would new traditions ever begin?

Here’s a couple more close-ups of centerpieces from the green color story for you to be inspired by:


  1. The green room looks like the land of OZ celebrating Christmas time.I LOVE it.

    Do you have any inspiration images for Hanukah decor (traditionally white & silver & blue)parties that are stylish and fabulous?

  2. Preston, I love all that I had the pleasure to view your magic! I must say, the all green room is
    simply one word to describe: Brilliant!

  3. Your work is absolutely unique... you were born with an amazing talent, and you have mastered the art of it. I can't wait to meet you at your book discussion at BN.

  4. Dear Preston,

    I was just composing a letter in my head to you when I left Hobby Lobby.
    It goes some thing like this:
    Mr.Preston, when you are creating an event do you use fresh flowers with silks and dried? Do you use herbs and pods mixed in with live or silks????
    I was already doing a one color them with differnt tones and textures in that one color>>>
    Blue........ I also am doing a room with grapevine and natural feathers and seed pods and wheat... much more to list... I would love to send you a photo after...

    Much love,


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