Festival of Brights: Jewel-Tone Christmas Decorations

Lights, ornaments, action! 'Tis the season to add pops of rich colors to every room in the house.

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Way to Glow

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A bed of fresh-snipped greens is way more modern than a fabric runner. Lay clippings neatly down the center of the table, then line up a dozen or so glass and ceramic candlesticks. Use both tapers and pillars in colors of your choice—we like purple, green, and gold, but any combination of three shades will work. The idea is to mix up napkin, plate, and place mat shades, keeping the tones compatible. A glass ornament with a name tag at each place setting lends a finishing touch.

Assorted metallic ribbons, michaels.com for info

Assorted solid jewel-tone ribbons, midoriribbon.com for info


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In a Twinkling

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We're dreaming of a green Christmas with a stunning artificial flocked tree that can be used over and over. It comes covered with lights, which means no labor-intensive stringing and lots of bling for the buck.

Because faux trees have sturdy branches and can support ornaments big and small from top to bottom, placement is a breeze.

Flocked fir tree, christmascentral.com

Cool Yule ornaments, Shiny Brite by Christopher Radko, christopherradko.com


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Sparkle Plenty

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Think of a plain evergreen wreath as the little black dress of holiday decorating—in other words, you can accessorize any way you like. For a hit of glamour, nestle glittery fern and feather picks in the branches. Choose a palette in keeping with the jewel-tone tree ornaments, and cluster picks so that foliage peeks through.

Glitter picks, michaels.com for info


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Light Fantastic

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Turn an ordinary chandelier into a little night magic by draping glass garlands and brilliant ornaments over the arms and neck. You can also use foil tinsel or tree decorations. It's a quick and simple way to deck the halls.

Manoir 4-light chandelier, shadesoflight.com

Assorted garland, mwcbk.com for info


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Star Power

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Create a florist-worthy arrangement with a bunch of inexpensive carnations. Choose rich, dark hues and cluster the blossoms tightly in a pretty vase.

Originally published in the December 2010 issue of Family Circle magazine.

This piece was accurate at publication time, but all prices, offerings, and styles are subject to change.