Old-fashioned lighting, metallics trend in holiday décor

By: Sarah Wojcik | Shelby - Utica News | Published November 30, 2016

 People can coordinate their Christmas decorations with their existing colors and fabrics.

People can coordinate their Christmas decorations with their existing colors and fabrics.

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METRO DETROIT — ’Tis the season for marquee lights and large, colored bulbs to make a comeback.

Corie Conroy, president of First Impression Home Staging, said this season’s holiday decorating trends focus more on lighting than in previous years, with a heavy emphasis on metallics.

“People are doing things like taking their Christmas lights — bigger-bulb Christmas lights — and spray-painting the base of the lights a metallic color for a little sheen, and metallic bulbs,” Conroy said. “Marquee lights and marquee signs are popular, either hanging on the wall or marquee letters lit up on the mantel.”

Candleholders full of glimmer lights used in combination with a battery-operated candle provide a unique flair for bright and cozy lighting, she said.

She said she always recommends that people coordinate their Christmas decorations with the interior fabrics and colors already existing in their homes, so they all blend together.

“It’s good to take red and green, the traditional Christmas colors, and tone them down by turning them into metallics or something to match what you already have in the house,” she said.

Conroy said she has seen a lot of metallic wreaths, and many people are opting for “designer” trees in shades other than traditional green, such as white, for a more contemporary look.

“In my home, I have a tree that coordinates with the colors of my great room décor, and I have a tree on which I put all the Christmas ornaments my family and I have collected in a different room,” she said.

Other popular holiday décor, she said, includes faux fur — blankets, throw pillows and faux fur-lined stockings — and traditional garlands outside.

Cindy Roback, owner of Young’s Garden Mart and Christmas Fantasy in Warren, said that she has definitely noticed an increase in retro lighting this year.

Many people, she said, are trying to get their outdoor decorations finished now before the weather turns cold and bitter.

She said she is selling a lot of the old-fashioned C7 and C9 Christmas string lights, the chase lighting popular in marquees, and old-fashioned icicle lights.

“It’s still popular for people to do their light-up villages,” Roback said. “We have all kinds of village homes and accessories.”

Roback said a fun idea for children during the holidays is to erect a small Christmas tree — about 3 or 4 feet tall — in their bedrooms.

Matteo Parrinello, president of Falm Tree Farms, said live trees and greens are an environmentally friendly and traditional option that will always be popular.

“Firs are probably the most popular (Christmas tree we sell), probably because they’re very hardy and the needle holds up well after they’re cut,” Parrinello said. “This is the third generation of tree-growers. We have a small farm up north.”

Falm Tree Farms has two locations offering Christmas trees, wreaths and garlands — one at First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham in Birmingham and one at Christ Our Light Catholic Church in Troy.


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