Top 5 Holiday Decorating Ideas
It may only be September but before you know it we'll be eating turkey and waiting for ol' St. Nick. It's never too early to start planning for the holidays. Between shopping for the perfect gift, preparing the holiday menu and baking up batches of Christmas cookies, the holidays can get crazy in a hurry. But what about decorating? It's easy to get lost in the aisles of new Christmas decor, especially since the stores start putting it out earlier and earlier every year. But don't fret. We've put together the top five holiday decorating tips you just can't ignore.
Stay With One Theme And Style For Your Decorating
When it comes to seasonal decor, less is often more. Sticking with simple decorations and one theme will save your time and money. Plus too much decor can compete for attention. Pick an area of focus, like a mantel or dining room table, then build from there. For a traditional Christmas theme, try evergreen wreaths, red poinsettias garlands, and gifts wrapped in festive Christmas paper. Or embrace the long winter with a White Christmas theme. Start with a foundation of a green tree, wreaths and garland, then add snowflakes, icicles, silver stars and gold balls. Wrap the kids toys and family gifts in white, beige, gold and silver to complement your decor.
Choose Two To Three Colors For Your Holiday Palette
Each year, designers, department stores and catalog vendors all seem to promote a new set of colors and trends for the holidays. Rather than get caught up with the annual holiday hoopla (and the expense!) form your own personal decorating strategy. So take it easy and go simple. Whether you choose the traditional Christmas colors of green and red, a woodsy arrangement of green and brown, or a retro combination of bubblegum pink and purple, once you pick your colors, stick to them. Looking for more inspiration? Here are some fun and festive Christmas color schemes.
Bring The Holiday Celebration To Every Room
Set a festive mood throughout your house! Add a creative centerpiece to the dining room table. Deck out the fireplace with garlands, wreaths and twinkling lights. Create a welcoming entryway table by swapping out year-round photos, figurines and knickknacks with framed Christmas cards, cheerful snowmen and festively wrapped boxes. Make your kitchen more inviting by replacing traditional kitchen curtains with a seasonal valance. And don't forget the powder room! With holiday guests and company dropping in, give the guest bathroom a quick once-over. Stock up on toilet paper, soap and clean towels. Add a seasonal figurine, scented candle or decorative dish of holiday soaps to your existing bathroom decorations for a special touch.
Use Lots Of Candles
There's nothing like candlelight to make a room feel warmer and more inviting. Simple tea lights are an easy way to dress up any occasion. Arrange them in glassware, on a long tray, or in empty jars. Of course scented candles are a wonderful addition for every room, and they'll fill your home with all the memorable aromas of the holidays. The scent choices today are endless: choose evergreen, cranberries, sugar cookies, gingerbread, peppermint, pumpkin pie and more.
Create A Welcoming Dining Table
Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry! Since many holiday gatherings revolve around the dinner table, it's a good idea to get your dining room into the spirit. Candlelight, tableware, festive accessories and pretty linens all create an instant holiday makeover. Dress up place settings with a pine cone or other natural elements. Or add a wrapped gift to each plate as a party favor. Make centerpieces as elegant or as simple as you like. You can even look around the house to create a pretty centerpiece in a hurry. Stack bowls filled with small ornaments, nuts, or berries for a festive design. And remember, the holidays are the best time to break out the good china and crystal stemware. Save the disposable silverware and paper napkins for those upcoming January football parties. Need more ideas? Here are some more tabletop ideas for any holiday.
When you're ready to decorate for the upcoming holiday season, don't forget to relax and have fun while you're trimming the tree and decking the halls. Turn on some holiday music, sip some eggnog, and enjoy the time with friends and family. You'll be a lot less stressed and you'll enjoy your decorations even more when they're finally done. Be sure to shop our extensive holiday section for ornaments, decor, linens and more.
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