Holiday Cheer – Top 10 Tips for Holiday Home Decorating

Green and White: The right touches can turn any home into a winter wonderland.

Traffic and cool weather. Yes, the holiday season is definitely among us. In between the shopping, card signing, phone call making and balancing of all the visitations with family and friends, spare time must be found for pulling out the holiday decorations and strategically placing them around your already-disorganized home. However, with a little imagination and some inspiration, your guests can delight in your abundance of holiday cheer without a lot of hassle on your part.

Adding a holiday touch to your home is a part of the season. So, whether you aim to be the envy of the neighborhood or just a step above the Grinch, here are our top 10 tips for decorating your home for the holidays:

1.  Determine Your Needs – First and foremost, you want to plan your décor in advance. You will need to determine if you a holiday gathering or other activity may be in your near future. When the picture is clearer in your mind, you’ll know what you need. Advance shopping may save you stress that is common during the holidays.

2. Make an Entrance – Decorating your entryway for the holidays will cause your guests to glow with anticipation before entering the holiday wonderland that awaits inside. In addition to stringing sparkling holiday lights, a natural wreath will provide the sight and sent to set the mood. You can also add a whimsical touch to patio planters. Just use painter’s tape to guide you in painting alternating red and white stripes. The result? Your planters will look like candy canes that came straight from the North Pole.

3. Fresh Green and White – Fresh white flowers and assorted greenery make a surprisingly wintry effect, minus the chill. Placed throughout the home, green and white colors provide a sense of the season—even if you’re based in the tropics.

4. Pinecone Branches – The beauty and variety of pinecones make them a welcome addition to the home. Display your favorite finds as you would a cherished collection of rocks or seashells. Embellish a window frame, mirror, plate rack, or any other place in your home where you can tuck a branch of pinecones.

5. Holiday Card Display – Cards you’ve received can quickly double as decorations. Center a length of thinner ribbon on some wider ribbon and sew across the top and secure. Next, sew holding clips (found at office-supply stores) to the ribbon, allowing space in between each for a card. Then hot-glue buttons to the ribbon near the clips, add a bow at the top, and hang from a door. Instant decoration.

6. Less is Always More – If you’ve been collecting holiday decorations for more than a decade, you’ve probably got a parade of 18-gallon plastic bins that come down from the attic. Don’t feel like you have to display every decoration every year. Choose and use your favorites and leave the rest in storage. Next year you’ll likely have different favorites. Chances are, you’ll feel like you have fresh decorations every year and the process won’t feel so overwhelming.

7. Keep Them Together – If you’ve got a mixture of small trinkets, try displaying them as a group instead of placing them randomly around the house. Clear a space on a bookshelf or tray and place them in an interesting grouping. Look for similarities in color, size, or category and put them together for a bigger impact. 

8. Tea Time – Everything looks more festive under the soft glow of tea lights. Arrange them in a set of glassware, a grouping of empty jars, in a line down a skinny tray, or in paper luminaries. The best part: they are incredibly inexpensive to buy in bulk.

9.  Check the Yard – If you’re sparse on decorations, you don’t have to look much further than your own backyard for inspiration. Clip some branches from a low-hanging tree and arrange them in a tall vase for a centerpiece. You can even paint them a festive color for added impact. A shallow bowl or basket full of pine cones looks beautiful next to the fireplace. Try adding some cinnamon sticks for a great aroma.

10. Tree Health – Buying a live Christmas tree? Be sure to check for freshness. If the tree is fresh, its needles should be hard to pull off. Also, the bottom of a fresh tree is sticky with resin and doesn’t shed many needles when tapped on the ground. Keep your tree away from heat sources like fireplaces, vents and radiators. Monitor the water level and keep the tree stand filled. Put the tree up in a place that doesn’t block a doorway and won’t get bumped into.

  • User Gravatar Calypso Bay
    December 7th, 2010

    Some great ideas you’ve posted. We also love getting our pets into the festive spirit!

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