If your interiors sport a lot of red, you’re in luck once Christmastime comes; you can get some “instant” holiday spirit with just a few additions to what’s already a bright, cheery base. In a paneled den with rich red curtains, hang wreaths or “snowflakes” on the window; stars can flicker from a chandelier, a garland grace a mantel, and special Yule rugs grace the hearth. Red ornaments and green garlands look stunning against a modern white fireplace — or, conversely, very few things are cozier in a dignified antique-filled room than a fragrant evergreen trimmed with red ribbons and bows! A red dining room looks especially festive with a bowl of evergreens, Christmas roses, or holly as a centerpiece; if you have a fireplace, a special seasonal screen can give the room a whole new look.
One great natural “pairing” with red is gold: a tree with gold garland, sparkly mirrored ornaments, gold-frosted snowflakes, and shiny satin ribbon lights up an entire red room. Another natural is white or cream — dress up a red kitchen with candy-cane-striped towels or curtains, or put a tiny cream-colored Nativity set on a vanity in a sumptuous red bathroom. Finally, for the third ideal pairing, there’s always green: a loop of lush evergreen, spruce, or balsam, or an arrangement of pine cones and branches, can dress up mantels or tabletops in a cranberry-colored sitting room. The good news is whether they be poinsettias or snowflakes, beads or crystal, the interplay of special Yule touches with red hues already on your walls or windows can make easy, quick holiday cheer.