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Decorating tips to create stylish home

The fall and winter season of indoor entertaining is nearly upon us, so now is the time to spruce up the home for your invited guests.

Sharon Grech, a colour and design expert at Benjamin Moore, says there are  simple steps anyone can take on to  achieve a more stylish home.

Grech says for a sleek and modern festive colour scheme, choose a grey such as Thunder as the dominant shade. Designers find this popular colour is the perfect foil to most accents.

For a current look, pair with Spring Dust or Wythe Blue. Sparkling accessories like silver napkin rings, glass candlesticks and chic white dishware will add to the modern feel.

For a more traditional holiday colour palette, use a variation on the red, green and white palette.

Grech says maroon is a hot colour in fashion this season and in a dining room can evoke a nostalgic, joyous mood.

If you aren’t prepared to paint the walls, try painting a large canvas with a solid coat. Place it slightly above the buffet or mantel to create a colourful statement.

Bring in shades of green with the vivid Agave and layer your table with lots of natural linen and bronze accessories for an update on the classic look.

A tall clear vase filled with long branches is simple and rustic. Evergreens, pine and colourful baubles can be gathered and used on tabletops as a seasonal touch.

Chalkboard paint adds a fun twist to kitchen décor. Share your holiday glad tidings by scribing happy sentiments and warm wishes on a surface painted with chalkboard paint.

Your wall or pantry door becomes a menu for all guests to see and the children’s painted tabletop and a bowl filled with chalk keeps kids busy and adults free to mingle at holiday gatherings.

A few quick swipes of this transformative paint create endless design possibilities.

For a less permanent option, grab a smooth wood board that can easily be propped on a wall or moved around to suit your kitchen’s design.

The trend experts share more ways to prep your home and kitchen for the holidays on Twitter, @BenjaminMooreCA.

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