The use of white as the predominant color in holiday decorating can lead you in divergent ways. An overall design graced with lace, florals, and ruffles will create a soft, Victorian-inspired look. In a different direction with crisp white linen, spare florals and accents of silver, gold or mirrors and you will create a decidedly contemporary look.

For the Victorian-look, use lace tree skirts on your large and tabletop trees, and use lacey cloths on tables, bookcases, and upholstery.

Lace-accented pillows and light, romantic scents in potpourri and candles will add to the mood. Greenery will play off well against the white, and a garland using sheer white ribbon, white flowers and evergreens will add beauty and texture.

For a contemporary look, layer crisp linens on tables, and cover sofas and chairs with white chenille blankets. Add comfort with plain white pillows. In the dining room, create a simple centerpiece using an urn and pearlized white ball ornaments glued into an upside down cone-shape (tree-shape). A white runner accented with silver or gold threads will dress-up the dining table, and can also be used to dress the mantle.

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