This is the biggest Christmas decor mistake you can make – say experts Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent

The design duo sits down with H&G to help dress your home for the holidays – and there's one thing they want you to know

Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent
(Image credit: Courtesy of Nate Berkus & Jeremiah Brent / Behr Paint)

Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent are renowned for creating spaces that are functional but indisputably stylish. Together, they front TLC's Nate & Jeremiah by Design, and recently partnered with Behr Paint and The Jennifer Hudson Show to surprise a deserving veteran family with a home makeover.

But how do they approach Christmas decorating – and how does it differ from their usual pared-back but comfortable design aesthetic? 'I’m really into Christmas and go all out,' says Jeremiah in an exclusive interview with H&G. 'My husband, on the other hand, counts down the days until all of the decorations can come down.' 

And what, in their eyes, is the biggest festive decor mistake most of us make? 'People often feel obligated to use everything they've gathered throughout the years and place each item in the same exact spot,' Jeremiah says. He does, however, have a simple fix that doesn't involve us buying a whole new set of ornaments every year.

mantelpiece decorated for Chrsitmas with greenery and vintage baubles

(Image credit: Tamsyn Morgans)

'I'd encourage doing something more unexpected and reimagining the decor each year to keep it looking fresh. The good news is brands make such chic holiday decor now, so there's no need to sacrifice style or shortage of opportunity to get creative,' elaborates Jeremiah.

This, of course, can mean anything from using Christmas tree decor for a pretty display on a festive mantelpiece (above) to positioning a staircase garland along the center of your Christmas table (below). But Nate is keen for us to switch our color schemes away from the traditional reds, greens and golds, too. 

'People think because it's the holidays, they need to stick to a traditional red and green color palette,' he says. 'Instead, reach for metallics, gold, and silver. Paired with greenery from the garden, it's one of the easiest and chicest ways to make a room feel festive.'

Christmas table garland with foliage , candles, tableware

(Image credit: Lavender Green)

So, according to the design duo, it's all about paring back that color scheme, leaving those red and green ornaments in storage but showcasing the metallics you already have boosted with Christmas foliage. We can get on board with that message.

On the subject of a pared-back color scheme, Nate and Jeremiah are experts. So much so, in fact, that they recently paired with Behr to help transform a deserving family’s home. 

The designers selected paint colors Tranquil Gray DC-007 (opens in new tab), Even Better Beige DC-010 (opens in new tab), and, naturally, Behr’s 2023 Color of the Year, Blank Canvas DC-003 (opens in new tab). They are all shades from the BEHR® Designer Collection (opens in new tab) palette for a neutral space that will struggle to go out of style, no matter the time of year. 

Megan Slack
News Editor

Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.