Holiday decorating often involves walking a fine line between the glamorous and the gaudy. So, we reveal must-follow tips from style expert Ricardo A. Ramos, who has over 20 years of experience in architectural, interior, and custom furniture design. 3101 New Mexico Ave. NW, #527, 240-354-4370
The holiday season is coming up. What general decorating advice can you offer?
RICARDO A. RAMOS: Always be consistent with style and color coordination, keep design arrangements simple, avoid clutter on tables, and particularly avoid hanging decorations on walls.
What else should people avoid?
RR: I recommend avoiding over-the-top arrangements. For example, those that include feathers [for Thanksgiving]. Also, stay away from the typical “holiday” standards, and think outside the box. For Christmas time, avoid too many blood reds and mossy greens—try lighter tones. Silver and copper are good colors to use!
Which rooms (if any) are the best to focus on when decorating?
RR: The foyer. This room sets the atmosphere and tells your guests what is expected for the rest of the home. The dining room is also one of the most important, since it is where most celebrations are held with close friends and family. Also, your family room, where you will gather pre- and post-dinner to share stories, exchange gifts, and take pictures—you might even set an area here for family to have their photos taken.
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