No matter how you choose to decorate your home during the holiday season, the end goal is always to embrace warmth, coziness, and comfort in an effort to create an inviting space. Whether you’re preparing to hunker down for a few months with loved ones or planning to entertain family and friends, you can easily elevate your space with some fresh Christmas decorations that transform your living space into a true winter wonderland.
If you’re seeking some inventive ways to decorate during the holidays, you have options galore. From adding some unexpected colors to the mix to incorporating both new and vintage elements into your home décor, here are some suggestions to make your festive visions a reality this season.
The spate of red and green everything is difficult to ignore — it’s everywhere you turn! There’s no doubt that adding a few of those traditional hues to your living space is an easy way to turn up the holiday charm. Christmas ornaments in customary colors instantly boost spirits. But don’t stick strictly to those colors when you have so many alternatives.
Think neutral if you want to create a new look in your home this season. Lighter shades, like snowy white, crisp silver, or warm gold, all convey a sophisticated quality that’s perfect for complementing other elements in the room. With silver, you can more easily incorporate a color like navy blue into your layout. With gold, colors like fig and berry are fresh alternatives to classic crimson. White, of course, is the ultimate starting point for an array of shades. It’s easy to feel festive when you’re surrounded by the right colors.
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.
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.
This might sound like a pretty typical holiday decorating tip but bear with me for a minute. A lot of families use lights on their trees and on their homes, for the holidays. Lights are a beautiful symbol of Christmas, so it makes sense, but have you ever used small lights within your Christmas displays? If you have displays of any kind, around your home, you can add small strands of battery-operated lights to really dress up your decor. You can get these small strands of lights at retail stores for a few dollars. The difference strand makes, though, (especially in the evening) is pretty amazing.
Another way to add light, and a wonderful smell, to your decorations, is with a holiday scented candle. Of course, you probably don’t want to put candles unattended within your displays (especially with kids and pets around), but you could use the candle to decorate your kitchen counter–and just light it at night. It’ll smell amazing, and you’ll love it even more if you have an artificial tree because it’ll give off a real tree smell if you use an evergreen scented candle.
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.