Elevate your Holiday Décor

Courtesy of Charbonneau Interiors, Nancy Charbonneau

Typical holiday colors are always nice to use in your holiday décor, but incorporating a mix of beautiful metallics can add a touch of glamour and sparkle that will make your home feel more lavish this holiday season. Copper, bronze, warm gold and antique silver are beautiful metallic tones to bring in to complement autumn colors. Adding in metallic elements adds to a surface for subtle reflection, warmth, and sophistication.

This table highlights warm colors of bronze, copper and antique silver. Candles immersed in metallic glitter set the tone for a beautiful table of fresh greens and flowers in the season’s colors.

This mantle, done in silver, gold and a metallic champagne are a soft reflection of the season. A touch of crystal was brought in to reflect the metallic surfaces. Adding in metallic ribbons and the lights from the garland enables the mantle to sparkle even more brilliantly. Take metallic accents outdoors also! This outdoor living mantle garland was adorned with silver metallic leaves and a fun metallic banner.

A Christmas tree adorned with silver and gold is a classic pallet for a beautiful reflection of the season, and can tie into other metallic elements in the home such as furniture pieces and lighting fixtures. Layering a combination of metallics together on a tree adds dimension and depth to the tree by providing a reflective source for light to play on.

We hope your season Sparkles!

Nancy Charbonneau is an award winning ASID interior designer who is passionate about connecting who her clients are to how they live in a beautiful and personalized way. Nancy has been involved in the field of Interior Design for over 25 years and has worked on numerous design projects around the world with her talented team. Nancy calls her trademark style eloquent, and is passionate about weaving grace and ease into every design.

Flair for Color and Texture: 2018

While the mainstay neutral colors for 2018 are still shades of gray, rich and bold color is on-trend. Not surprising considering the Pantone color of the year is ultraviolet, a blue-based purple shade. There are many reasons I love this pop of color for home décor, but I’m a TCU Horned Frog so I am a little biased. There are multiple shades of purple incorporated in interior design today: from dusty hues to a full magenta, from accessories around the home to wall decor and furnishings, it’s just a happy color for any interior. We will see pops of distinct color in all areas of the home.

Metallics and texture will also have a huge impact on design trends for 2018. An easy way to incorporate this current trend is through fixtures. Metallic handles and legs are a perfect finishing touch to add a little glamour to any furniture piece or cabinetry detail. Adding a mixture of gold, brass, marble or quartz creates a more defined look in both richness and sophistication.

Texture will be another design element we continue to see this season. Furnishings will have many neutral textiles such as rattan, wicker and exposed wood grains. Wall hangings and art pieces will have playful embellishments, raised designs and lots of appliqué details. This contemporary trend is a perfect marriage of transitional design while adding a modern but classic feel.Don’t hesitate to add bold color, texture or unique statement pieces to your decor and space. These are the elements that set your home apart from others and give it personality and flair. Going outside of your comfort zone will help you design a unique yet timeless space to be enjoyed for many years to come.

This client was dreaming of a space for grown-up time with her friends and family. We started with a blank slate and we built upon the theme of transitional design with a modern flair.The base of the room was the palette from the area rug: shades of red, purple and blue. I love bringing in colorful patterns with different styles of rugs. It not only adds personality to the space but also gives my clients options, whether they are traditional, modern or transitional in their design scope.

The navy, barrel back swivel chairs added a pop of color against the neutral wall shade. These became our statement pieces for the room: rich in texture and design but also inviting. The oversized gold mirrors became the focal point on the main wall, which defined the space and reflected the beautiful entry piece and art across the room. The carrara marble coffee table with gold accents pulled the space together with blue and white accessories and the client’s personal touches. We added vivid patterns and texture with the burned-out velvet Schumacher trim along the drapery panels. The long-haired wool bench and pillows brought in a touch of fun and drama for the space.

Darcy Bass and her husband have lived in the Woodlands with their daughter for almost 10 years. In the fall of 2009, she founded Bass Interiors, a Woodlands-based design firm that creates classic spaces that are functional, friendly and timeless. Darcy enjoys giving back and spending time in her community by volunteering for several local charities and organizations. bassinteriorswoodlands.com