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Designer Karin Bohn shares her tips for getting this non-traditional but oh-so-festive black, white and metallic holiday look at home.
When you think of decorating for Christmas, a few things probably come to mind: wreaths and garlands, red and gold baubles, and above all, a big evergreen tree. Though a traditional holiday look is always appreciated, there’s much to be said for taking an unconventional approach—which is exactly why we love this black and white Christmas style from interior designer Karin Bohn.The House of Bohn director wanted to give her home a festive look for holiday entertaining, and had been set on using black holiday decor since seeing a black Christmas tree last year. “We wanted to create a glamorous Christmas with lots of drama,” she says.Bohn, who will complete the renovation of her new townhome in 2017, had a blank canvas for this year’s holiday look. To start, she painted the entire space a bright white and installed a Jonathan Adler chandelier. Then it was on to the tablescape, where Bohn used a mix of different plates, cutlery and glassware to create a more unique, personal look. “I made sure to add a winter element in the florals,” she adds.But it’s the black Christmas tree where Bohn’s originality truly comes through. “The black tree gave us a perfect backdrop for white, gold and silver ornaments to really shine,” she says. The use of metallics, geometric designs and layers of multiple patterns ties the look together throughout the space.
“Don’t go overboard with an array of different colours. This can actually make your table look really messy and cluttered, instead of polished and pulled together,” says Bohn. Instead, choose just one or two base colours—like the black and white here—and build up your design around them.
Silver, copper or gold—any metallic tone goes. “I’m a firm believer that you need to use some kind of metal to really add a glamorous touch to your decor,” says Bohn. “Try sticking to just one tone if you’re a little unsure about what you’re doing, or mix metals if you’re a little more daring. Either way, the result will be beautiful!”
“Just because it’s Christmas does not mean you should be pulling out Santa and Rudolph paraphernalia,” Bohn advises. It’s possible to create an elegant, festive look without theme-based additions—just a touch of sparkle and some seasonal florals will get the job done.
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