The holiday season is synonymous with tradition. But that doesn’t mean you have to fill your home with the same holiday decorations in the same color scheme every year.
‘‘Until four years ago, I was Scrooge-y when it came to holiday decorating — a result of seeing the same old thing over and over again,’’ says Brian Patrick Flynn, a Los Angeles-based interior designer and executive producer of HGTV.com’s ‘‘Holiday House.’’
But after finding ways to ‘‘reinvent the look and feel of Christmas for my own home,’’ Flynn says he ‘‘rediscovered how much fun seasonal styling can be when you make it your own.’’
Here, he and another design expert — Jon Call of Mr. Call Designs — offer suggestions on shaking up holiday decorating.
Call’s family takes a creative approach to Christmas stockings: On the night before Christmas Eve, they make new stockings by sewing together large pieces of felt (inexpensive at any craft store) using a simple blanket stitch.
‘‘We let our imaginations fly when it comes to decorating the outsides, and top off each one with our name and the year,’’ he says. ‘‘Making these stockings gives us all something to do the night before Christmas [Eve], and we share memories and laughter along the way.’’
This Christmas, try ditching red and green tree decorations for an understated color palette.
‘‘This year I created a tone-on-tone tree using all shades of light gray,’’ Flynn says. ‘‘To do this right, it’s all about having a balance of texture, finish, shape, scale, and proportion.’’
Try a white tree if you’ll be using light colors and neutrals, or a green tree with decorations in earth tones.
To shake up your tree’s decorations, Call suggests going with a theme.
‘‘Last year for a client, I indulged in masses of vintage mercury-glass ornaments of all sizes and shapes. Silver was literally dripping off the tree. It was spectacular,’’ he says. ‘‘This year we are changing it up a bit and creating a completely edible tree, including childhood favorites such as homemade popcorn balls, small sacks of chocolates tied with a ribbon and hung from the branches, and pungent gingerbread.’’
ALL ABOUT THE MANTEL
‘‘One of the most searched-for terms on HGTV.com is ‘mantel decorating,’ ’’ Flynn says. For homes with a flat-panel TV mounted above the mantel, he has a high-tech idea: Burn images to DVD that coordinate with the accessories you lay out on your mantel, then let the DVD run during holiday entertaining.
For one project, Flynn displayed colorful pop art images on the TV, and then put colorful items like candy in apothecary jars and brightly colored ornaments on the mantel ‘‘to make it all pop.’’
Call agrees there’s no need to hold back with color: ‘‘The holidays are a time for indulgence, and that always means color to me,’’ he says. ‘‘Commit to a color scheme and go for broke!’’
Tradition definitely has its place. But it can coexist with bursts of creativity and playfulness.