Personable and Personalized
From snowflakes and icicles outside to glittery Christmas ornaments and sugary treats awaiting inside, Christmas is the season of sparkle and sheen. Our allen + roth™ Christmas decor mixes frosty, shiny finishes with classic red and silver hues and sophisticated touches of black. Plus, the black pieces have a plain chalkboard finish that lets you personalize them with your own designs and messages, making this elegant look feel friendly and approachable.
Give guests a frosty, festive, and friendly reception. Deck the front door with a frosted wreath (#674151), flank the entry with a pair of fully decorated artificial Christmas trees (#674086), and add live garland on the railings. For a whimsical touch, station lighted deer (#677463, #677462) on the steps.
Spread good cheer as soon as guests walk in. Create an entry-table array by hanging a frosted wreath with an attached chalkboard (#674151) on a handsome DIY stand made from a table leg, a deck post cap, and a peg. Add an easy-to-make card holder with the same black finish and a trio of votive holders (#675022). Use the card holder year-round for art, photos, mail, or books.
Set up a full-size Christmas tree (#688922) in a high-profile spot -- like this foyer with staircase -- and go to town. Start with silvery picks (#677469) as a tree topper and loops of crystal garland (#674213), then add Christmas ornaments, including traditional balls (#674137) and wispy white see-through shapes (#674215). Decorate the railing with live garland embellished with sprigs of greenery, crystal garland, and ornament balls. Top the post with a ribbon bow, a personalized black allen + roth™ ornament (#677391), and a red stocking (#674126). Amid the gifts, group allen + roth™ mercury glass-look trees (#674206, #674205) with an allen + roth™ frosted holly ball set in a shiny metal bucket (#674152).
Bookend your hearth with Christmas trees in white and silvery tones. Then top the mantel with elegant DIY mirror tiles. Personalize plain black deer (#677353, #677354), and black Christmas ornaments (#677391). Add bursts of red with stockings and pillows (#674122).
Chalkboard-finish allen + roth™ nutcrackers (#677360) come with a plain black finish that you can customize again and again.
It’s fun to personalize chalkboard-paint finishes with your own messages and designs. Here are some tips:
- Use a computer to find and print letters, shapes, and clip art to copy by hand. Fonts like Wingdings offer a variety of ornamental characters to incorporate into designs.
- Sketch out designs on paper first to gauge the size and spacing needed to make everything fit, especially when doing letters and words.
- To get a bright white, dip the chalk in water before drawing and keep it wet. For crisp lines, sharpen the chalk tip in a small pencil sharpener (not electric).
- Inexpensive chalk works fine, but for larger and more ornate designs, consider using chalk pencils, pens, or markers with different tip sizes.
- Fix mistakes and smudges with a damp cotton swab or the tip of a wet rag.
- If you wish to preserve chalk designs, apply a clear fixative spray from an art store. Some chalk artists swear by ordinary hair spray.
Poinsettias and amaryllis are favorite Christmastime blooms, but for a different look this year, try paperwhites. This beautiful and fragrant variety of spring-flowering narcissus bulbs can be easily “forced” to bloom indoors for the holidays.
Dine in sparkle and shine. Hang clear Christmas ornaments (#674211) from a crystal chandelier (#589389), and adorn the table with tree-shape LED candles (#674209, #674210), glowing mercury trees, red ribbon (#585718), and assorted ornaments.
Embellish a lighted wreath (#351563) with red balls (#674110), silvery picks, snowflakes (#674212), and crystal garland. Then hang it in the window.
Red ribbon and snowflake “bows” (#674212) give chic LED candles (#674208) extra holiday presence.
Add a few tasteful holiday touches to a guest bedroom. Ornament-trimmed greenery and festive pillows (#674123) put guests in the spirit. Anchor any size bed with a DIY paneled headboard.
Turn drawer organizers, a dowel, and a finial into a dresser-top caddy for guest amenities. A chalkboard finish lets you add a message for the holidays.
Set off the guest bedroom door by hanging a striking stylized wreath (#674153) sprinkled with crystals and berries.