This cozy Christmas tour features shades of bronze, copper, and caramel, creating a warm and inviting holiday palette.
It’s here! My biggest tour of the year, and the one I’m most excited to share with all of you! I’ve spent the better part of the last three weeks decorating the living and dining rooms and it’s finally done. This year’s Christmas tour is full of lots of warm shades of brown and I’m loving the result!
Not only does it feel cozy and inviting, but it’s something I’ve never done before!
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I’ve always been a bit of a neutral girl when it comes to holiday decorating, though I did do a year where I used blush pink and another tour featured French blue.
However, for the most part I’ve stuck to neutrals like white and silver and I’ve loved that, but I was really ready for a change this year. So a palette of browns was born!
During the last month I was searching everywhere for the right shades of larger bronze and/or copper ornaments and couldn’t find them anywhere! I found some pretty ones for the family room, but they were a little too small for this large tree. It was surprisingly hard to find them!
So I finally decided to take the matter into my own hands and paint them. I took some silver mercury glass ornaments I already had, spray painted them black, and then painted them in metallic paint in shades of bronze and copper.
I used this bronze metallic paint and Rub n’ Buff in Copper for the base of the ornaments, and antique gold Rub n Buff for the tops.
And they turned out so well! I was able to create the perfect coppery color and they were in my garage all along, haha!
The wreath is one I already owned, I just added some pinecones and a camel velvet ribbon and voilà, it’s a new wreath!
I love to buy neutral greenery. That way I can easily add whatever color or extras I want without changing wreaths every year.
The mantel is decorated with not one, but five garlands! I love a lush looking mantel so I combine a few to get the look I want.
I start with a ‘cheapy’ one to create the shape, I then add a pine garland, then my favorite cedar garland (this one or this one are great options, too), and then cut up and add pieces of a eucalyptus garland to finish it off!
For more details, you can see all the steps on how to create a lush Christmas mantel here.
More brown velvet ribbon was added to the mantel, along with some vintage-style brass bells. These brass bells are one of my absolute favorite things to decorate with at the holidays! They work on a wreath, a mantel, or even a tablescape.
I love the European vibe they bring and how versatile they are!
This year I used two garlands on the tree – a chunkier natural wood bead garland and then a smaller gold bead one. I love the contrast they create, plus they add a lot of detail and interest to the tree.
On the coffee table I combined some white roses, eucalyptus and St. John’s wort in my favorite French Mason jar. I love adding some white to my holiday decor, and flowers are always a go-to!
More bronze and caramel ornaments gathered in a vintage French urn add some color to the coffee table. I love scattering ornaments around everywhere – it’s such an easy way to bring holiday cheer to any area!
A combination of brown and green velvet and cream linen pillows continue the warm and cozy palette on the sofa. I love the look of the green with the browns!
In the entry way, I added some faux paper whites to my favorite terracotta pots for a French-inspired take on the season.
On the dining room table, I created a vignette with brass candlesticks.
I surrounded the brass candlesticks with bits of fresh pine and eucalyptus to create an easy and fresh centerpiece on the table.
On the sideboard, I combined some faux branches mixed with fresh greenery in a terracotta vase along with bronze and copper ornaments in a vintage wood bowl.
Apparently, the new brown palette is “Hudson approved”!
I hope our cozy Christmas tour has inspired some of your own holiday decorating! If you’re looking to recreate some of this look, I’m linking much of what I used below.
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And stay tuned next week for our holiday kitchen as well the porch all decorated for the season!
If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out more holiday decorating ideas and inspiration below:
Hi, I love the larger gold embroidered pillow on the couch. Is it pottery barn? Love everything so much! I followed your mantle tutorial this year ~ stunning!!
Hi Susie! Thanks so much – and I’m so glad you found the tutorial helpful!
That pillow is a few years old and was from Home Goods, but I’ve found a very similar one below:
Hope that helps!
Sheila, your home looks stunning for the holidays. I love that French Mason Jar with the roses. Just may need to treat myself to one after the holidays. The swag garland looks beautiful on the mantel and loving the velvet ribbon with a simple bow tie. Less is more and to me it’s elegant and timeless. Beautiful colors with the bronze and copper mixed with your creams.
Aww thank you Tammy – I so appreciate your kind words!
Happy Holidays to you!
P.S. Yes, treat yourself – you’ll love the vase! 🙂
Reda Morgan Carmon says
What brand and where did you purchase your sofa.
I believe it’s linked in the post – it’s from Pottery Barn. Here is the link below:
Hope that helps!
Thank you so much for the detailed instructions on how to put up the garland on the mantel. I have always admired the swag garland in other homes and you made it easy for me to finally have my own! I’m so pleased that I was able to do this project without great expense. I really enjoy your e-mails! Have a merry Christmas!
Oh I LOVE hearing that Glinda! Hearing that truly made my day!!
Thanks so much and Merry Christmas to you too!
Linda Frey says
Beautiful tree and beautiful home. Am seeing so many people make metallic ornaments but don’t really like the trees with those ornaments on them. I love yours! Am remembering how much I like actual blogs.
Aww that’s so kind! Thanks so much Linda!
Absolutely stunning, Sheila … I’m Pinning away. This is exactly the look I’m going for in our great room. So much beautiful inspiration! xo
Aww thanks Juliet! And yay- love that your pinning – so appreciate it! 🙂
Lynn Forbes says
Lovely! How do you attach the garland to the fireplace mantle? I do not want to create any holes or permanent marks.
Hi and thank you Lynn!! I use command hooks! I have a whole post with all the details for re-creating my mantel garland here:
Hope that helps!
Teddee Grace says
I really like this theme. Very peaceful. I love green and white and the touches of brown and brass are very tasteful.
I so appreciate that – thank you Teddee!
Happy Holidays to you!
Cheryl Fox says
Where did you purchase the Be Merry seafoam colored pillow. I need that!!!
Hi Cheryl! That was from Target a few years back. I’ve looked on Ebay but was unable to link one for you – but if you keep checking you may find it there!