It’s the most wonderful time of the year, which means it’s time to start thinking about how to decorate our homes to match the festivities. There’s something about the chill in the air and the memories and traditions associated with the holidays that gets us in the mood for some holiday decor. Take a look at some of our top tips for decorating your homes during the holidays!
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A great first step to making the house feel more festive is to incorporate some holiday colors and textures. Luckily, holiday colors are gorgeous, and during the holiday season, it’s impossible to mismatch them. Some holiday color favorites are red, blue, white, green, gold, and silver. Take down some of your usual home decor items and replace them with some that come in these festive colors to bring some added holiday cheer into your home.
We love the look and texture of frosted decor in either gold or silver. It will feel like the beauty of winter is inside your home without all the cold. When choosing your Christmas decorations this year, enjoy combining and contrasting some of your favorite holiday colors.
It’s a holiday tradition for many families to bring in a Christmas tree for the holiday season. But adding rustic and natural accents to your living space doesn’t have to end with a tree! Especially if you and your family do not celebrate Christmas, bringing in these natural items can still bring in some outdoorsy holiday cheer without the tree.
Christmas wreaths are a classic holiday tradition and can bring not only aesthetic charm but also the lovely smells of winter into your home. Go beyond the wreaths and explore adding other evergreen accents and additions to your family’s home. We also love the look of evergreens lining the mantle above the fireplace or wrapped around the banister. Add some lights or candles to brighten up the space and show off that lovely deep wintergreen.
Another rustic accent we love to make the home feel more festive is to bring in some birch logs next to the fireplaces and string them with holiday lights. This simple yet aesthetically pleasing addition is a lovely and unique way to add a natural appeal to your space for the holidays.
One of the easiest ways to decorate the house for the holiday season is with lights. Christmas lights, tea lights, candles, and any other soft and mood lighting are excellent and simple ways to dress up the house for the holidays. String some lights along the mantle pieces to light up your family’s personalized Christmas stockings. Lay the dinner table with red and spicy smelling candles set in holders surrounded by evergreen accents.
Go the extra mile and decorate your front porch, stoop, or entrance with outdoor-grade Christmas lights to light up the outdoors, too. Whether you’re going for clear bulbs, a single color, or multicolor, string lights are fun for the whole family and go a long way when it comes to holiday decorations.
Holiday decorations don’t have to end with cute accents and additions to your home’s regular decor. Make holiday decorations go a little further by swapping out your usual bedding and living space props for some holiday-themed ones instead. Make the nights before Christmas even cozier with Christmas flannel sheet sets the whole family is sure to love. Also, be sure to put some Christmas duvet covers on your duvets to stay ultra-cuddly on those cold winter nights.
Swap out your usual living room throw pillows and throw blankets for something a little more festive for the holidays. Christmas throw pillows could be all you really need to bring your living room up to speed with the holiday season. Bring in some warm and festive throw blankets to snuggle under while sitting by the fire or opening gifts. These small little updates to your home go a long way without too much effort.
We love our selection of bath towels, and we think that we offer an assortment of towels to fit anyone's needs and budget. From the elegant Supima towels to our sturdy Essential towels, we've got you covered. Setting out towels in seasonal colors is a great way to start adding some accents here and there to get your kitchen and bathroom looking more festive. Plus, you can always invest in some monogrammed towels or towels embroidered with seasonal images for added holiday flair.
Sight is not our only sense, and you’d be surprised at how the right scents and sounds can do wonders to make your home feel even more like the holidays. Be sure you have all your classic holiday and Christmas music downloaded so you can play your favorite holiday tunes easily. Christmas music will quickly shift the mood in the house from plain old winter to happy holidays at the click of a button.
Holiday smells are another easy way to make the home feel more festive. Bring in some spiced holiday candles to make your house smell warm and fragrant. If you are sensitive to scented candles, go the old-school route instead. Boil a big pot of water with a handful of cinnamon sticks, apples, oranges, cloves, and some nutmeg, and let the smells permeate your home. The perk here is, you can also drink this lovely concoction with a little honey or maple syrup for a great warming holiday-themed treat.
It’s Christmas tree season, and that means adding a little bit of that earthy beauty to your home. But if your goal is to change things slightly this season, don’t be afraid to experiment with something other than a green tree. Shades like white, pink, and teal are surprisingly chic and sleek, and they easily change the vibe of your living space. Add a pretty Christmas tree skirt in a solid color or an eye-catching pattern to complete the look.
Then consider your ornaments. By all means hang up those sentimental accents — the beauties that your children made years ago, the one you purchased on an overseas excursion, the special ornament you’ve had since you were a child. Anything that holds meaning is important.
If you opted for a tree of a different color this year, though, consider changing up your ornament game just a touch and swapping the usual suspects for others that complement the new tone. It’s an easy way to introduce something unexpected to your home.
It’s impossible to ignore the impact of fresh plant life on your home. Studies have shown it’s more than just eye-catching décor. It has the potential to lift your spirits and even clear the air of harmful impurities. You have tons of options where holiday-friendly plants are concerned. Hang a Christmas wreath on the front door and incorporate a few throughout the house. Drape a garland over the mantle, the staircase, or even the headboard.
Different flowers and plants also add a festive touch to the home. Add an amaryllis or poinsettia to the entryway, for example, or brighten up the bedroom with an arrangement of red roses and white poms — the effect is crisp, refreshing, and reminiscent of peppermint. Have a little fun with the look by nestling the plant or flowers in a metal container for a farmhouse-chic design that’s right on-trend.
Okay, so maybe not technically an element of décor. But few things get us in the holiday spirit better than pulling out those festive Christmas sweaters and feeling all warm and cozy again. We're not talking about those tacky sweaters that win you a prize at your office party, but real classics. Timeless designs like Fair Isle, bold stripes, chunky cable knits. You'll feel in the spirit in addition to looking great!
Where else would our favorite stockings go on this list than the very top? Nothing says Christmas quite like a row of needlepoint Christmas stockings hung on the mantel (with care). You may want to get a stocking for every member of the family and get their name monogrammed for added personal touches. Once they're hung and stuffed with gifts and goodies, it's sure to be a merry Christmas for everyone.
Now is also a great time to update your porch. Festive accents instantly elevate your home’s curb appeal and bring a little extra touch of that seasonal spirit to your abode. So what’s the best way to bring it all to life? It’s all about the details. If room allows, add a rocking chair or two and place a festive holiday throw pillow on each.
Take your cue from the wreath on the door, too. If it features pine cones and berries, use those colors elsewhere on the porch to create a cohesive and inviting look throughout. You could even add a small tree and a vibrant striped rug to your patio. Toss a soft throw blanket on your furniture and turn up the patio heater as you entertain friends and family and show off your decorating skills. Don’t forget the tasty treats — a vintage tin full of freshly baked cookies or chocolate bark is the perfect finishing touch.
It’s easy to upgrade your home and transform it into the envy of the neighborhood with the right colors and accents. Once you start, you won’t know where to stop — that’s just part of the joy of making your home a true winter wonderland.
Enjoy this most wonderful time of the year even more by decorating your home for the holiday season. You can even make it a fun tradition for you and the whole family to enjoy. Happy Holidays!