Interior Designer Shares Tips for Winter and Holiday Decorating

Whether you’re planning one or several gatherings in your home this holiday season, or just want your home to be extra warm and cozy for you and your immediate family, Gia Rose, ASID/IIDA/AIGA, lead interior designer and showroom manager at Designer’s Market, has your back. And it won’t cost you a lot of money or time.

One of the biggest trends this year, especially for the winter, is faux fur.

“Faux fur is a real easy element to add to the décor to make it extra inviting,” she says. “For a guest room, for example, the addition of a fur throw and/or pillow will make it feel warm and cozy. And now, these come in all colors, including pink, and all different shades of colors, as well as ombré, which is the gradual blending of one color hue to another, usually involving tints and shades from light to dark.”

Ribbons and bows can also go a long way to spruce up just about anything, she says. “Place a bow on a chair back or wrap a pillow like a present. These are fun tricks that take little time and money.”

Rose also points to a recent paradigm shift in color selection when it comes to decorating the Christmas tree and the home’s interior for the holidays.

“Color is a new, big factor that has been coming into play in holiday decorating in recent years,” she says, noting that today’s color palette moves beyond the traditional green and red and gold and silver. “People are using colors like teal and purples and yellows. They are reaching outside the box and having fun,” she notes.

“Tree and garland ornaments, for instance, are now available in a rainbow of colors—purple to black, you name it,” she says, noting that even the artificial trees now come in many colors other than green.

For those who consider themselves “design-deficient,” Rose suggests maybe sticking with one or two new colors rather than many.

And, she notes, ornaments aren’t just for trees, garlands and wreaths anymore.

“You don’t have to have that decorative gene to find different colored ornaments and place them artfully in a bowl,” Rose says. “You can place them around the home or sprinkle a few in a tray. You could even hang oversized ornaments from a chandelier or other area to add sparkle and color.” She says with a little extra effort, one can achieve a great look by threading garland through the chandelier, then adding ribbon and ornaments. “This adds a real over-the-top look in say, a dining room, where you may not have a lot of room for decorations.”

“There are lots of things that people can do that are easy and add a touch of the holidays,” Rose concludes. One of her favs is to take a hobby chalk board and write fun holiday phrases or slogans on it. “You can put them on an easel, a counter, or trade out wall décor – and it’s simple to do. The bonus? You can erase your message and change it up as much as you like.”

For those who prefer to let the experts help them do their house up right for the holidays, Rose invites them to visit Designer’s Market, 11900 N. Santa Fe, Oklahoma City, which has a bountiful selection of winter and holiday decorations. (To sweeten the deal, now through Christmas, all holiday décor in their showroom is discounted 75 percent.)

With 20 + years of experience in interior design, Gia Rose brings her expertise and sense of design style to every project. She holds dual bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University, in both interior and graphic design. Her career achievements include a feature on HGTV, local News Channel 9, as well as recently winning the coveted “Best in Show” and “Designer’s Choice” awards at the IIDA Fashion Show.