How To Decorate Your Home For Halloween, Harvest & Holiday
Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are so close together. Even homeowners who enjoy the challenge of decorating for the holidays can get a little exhausted trying to plan out their homes with fresh decorations three months in a row. Thankfully, there are ways to make the transition less frustrating so you can focus on other important holiday preparations on your to-do list. It's easier than you think to transition your indoor and outdoor decor from Halloween to Thanksgiving to Christmas. Check out these time-saving decorating tips before your start shopping for seasonal decorations.
When To Take Down Halloween Decor
Don't be so quick to remove all your Halloween decorations. Many of them can be repurposed for the harvest season leading up to Thanksgiving. Pumpkins, gourds and acorns are perfect for Halloween and harvest. You could even round up the smaller natural elements you have left to create a cornucopia for Thanksgiving. Also, popular floral touches like sunflowers or mums can be added to generic Halloween decorations to give them a harvest feel, and don't be afraid to leave up a few Halloween-specific decorations if they fit your harvest color scheme and style. You could even reuse certain characters like jack-o'-lanterns, crows and scarecrows all season.
Fall Decor For All Seasons
It's hard enough to redecorate during the holiday rush. One easy way to make sure your holiday decor is up to date is to invest in decorative items that were meant to be switched out for every seasonal shift. Interchangeable designs like yard stakes or garden flags, reversible door wreaths or garlands can save you time, money, stress and storage space. You also can't go wrong buying decorative items that have a generic harvest look. Rustic decor for the front porch can be put to use with Halloween or Thanksgiving fillers, while harvest accents designed for the fall season have a broad enough appeal to work with family-friendly harvest or scary Halloween scenes.
Decorating For Christmas
While moving from Halloween to harvest can be fairly easy with some preparation, making the switch from harvest to holiday can be much more difficult. The biggest issue is the difference in color scheme. Halloween and harvest share a similar palette, but Christmas stands on its own in festive colors and materials used. It's not just the colors that drastically change from harvest to holiday, but also the symbols. You're going to have to wait until the winter transition to feature your snowman door hanger. The trick is to keep things neutral. Neutral isn't a synonym for dull. Festive items like tea light candles, natural wood elements or pine cones work well throughout the holiday season.
Holiday And Harvest Scents
Many of us get caught up trying to decide on the perfect look for our holiday decorations. It's easy to focus on the eyes and forget about other elements that create the holiday atmosphere, such as smell. Keeping your decor neutral allows you to spice up your design with small accents that are specific to the different holidays, and the perfect scent can bring it all together. Though your Christmas decor might not be so different from the decorations you started putting up for the harvest season, adding a Christmas scent has the power to change the entire feel of a room. Paired up with small touches of Christmas or winter themes, the scent you choose can make all the difference.