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Dare to be different this christmas 2: modern black & white

Use a black and white design and trimmings to accent your festivities this holiday season, welcoming a change from the traditional red and green colours. Your home will be beautifully cast for parties and family gatherings when draped with bold hints of Christmas in a dramatic new fashion. Holiday Dinner Extravaganza Be the talk of the town with a dynamic mixture of modern and classic as your guests are taken aback with your bold new festive twist. Instead of the normal twinkling lights and shining gold-plated accessories, tone down the elements with black and white, bringing about a mellow, alluring atmosphere.

Begin with black curtains swagged against the windows, dripping with silver angels, along one side. The table is the perfect spot for a rich white silk runner or tablecloth, splashed with black festive designs of sleighs, Christmas trees or ribbons. Black taper candles in clear crystal holders, three or four, placed in a straight line, down the centre of an oblong table, will add depth without interfering with the meal. If you feel a little more dressing is in order, choose a black matte, or pewter Christmas centrepiece.

Use white China for plates and cups and tall-stemmed crystal drinking glasses. Your table will look incredibly inviting and leave your guests wondering what will be next. Additional Charming Elements Poinsettias do not have to be left out of your traditional Christmas spirit, but instead of settling for red or pink solid colors, special order a few Poinsetta plants that have been Fantasy Colored. Perhaps you could select marbled white and deep purple plants for an interesting background, or white flowers with tips of burgandy.

Place on tall planters in corners of the room or group together on a side table. Bring the entire room home with your choice of gorgeous, large rugs that leave the area under the table swimming in softness. Luxurious black pile, fur, or shag, can complete the dreamy feeling of intimacy and pleasure and your guests are seated. Use a large area rug for under the table or two smaller rugs, placed side by side, to extend the length of the room.

A mystical fantasy of awe and pampered welcome will be the result, with the area complete. Black and white is an interesting way to create a formal décor to ring in the holiday season. With some simple planning, a few updates to a tired-looking table and chairs, and the right accents in curtains and plants, your guests will feel special. Add a terrific meal and the occasion will be one that is remembered by all.

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