Most people pick their decorations FIRST and THEN try to make them fit the room, which is why many find it hard to achieve "the look" they are after. The key is in working with the scheme that already exists in your room and selecting the right accents to switch out.
I'll agree... my semi-monochromatic bedroom palette, may make it a bit easier. But by removing a few accents and replacing them with something that coordinates, and yet adds a touch of Christmas, you can convert just about any room in the house so that it has a holiday feel.
The Master Bedroom
Here's a "before" and "after" side-by-side photo so you can see what the room typically looks like and how it looked afterward (at least the bed, anyway).
I only did 4 simple things that impacted the room in a B.I.G. way.
1) I switched the one accent pillow from a tan plaid to a solid red pillow. Actually, it's not even solid red. Look at the back of the pillow...
I picked this up at T.J. Maxx for next to nothing! (This was the only money spent on the room other than the plants - but those don't count, do they?). After bringing the pillow home, I tied a ribbon around it to make it look like a package. (Perhaps I'll use the other side for Valentine's Day?)
3) I added some greenery to the antique watercolor above the bed.
4) I switched out the flowers on the night stand, adding the red Poinsettia and red foil paper.
That's it. Nothing more. Can we all agree that this is simple?
Later I did add some greenery and a couple of things from around the house to the dressers. Oh, and the antique angels of my grandmother's.
Again, the key here is two-fold...
1) Be willing to remove some items so as to keep the room from becoming crowded or cluttered. This also helps eliminate items that will distract from the holiday accents you are adding.
2) Be willing to match the accents to the room, not force holiday decorations that you "like" into a room where they won't work well.
Apparently our little friend, Tiki (visiting for the week), liked the rooms, too.
Okay, so maybe it was really just the soft bed and the fact that SHE got to get up on it!