Last updated on May 3rd, 2017 at 04:39 pm
Holiday décor plays a huge role in adding to the festivity of the season. It’s amazing how quickly sparkling white lights and an evergreen scented candle can create an aura of good cheer. This year, whether you favor sleek elegance or traditional trinkets, fill your home with decorations that warm your heart and bring joy to all who enter. Follow these five tips, and turn your home interior into a wonderland of holiday decor.
Before the decorating gets underway, pick a color scheme. Pick three main colors to incorporate throughout your home’s holiday decor. Red, white, green, gold and silver are all examples of seasonally-inspired tones, any combination of which would make for a cheerful and festive design scheme. If you choose red, green and gold, that doesn’t mean you’re limited to those colors – but they should be dominant. Tie these tones into ribbon, tinsel, table settings and other decorations.
Whether outdoors or indoors, wreaths make beautiful accent pieces for a well decorated holiday home. Adorn your front door with an oversize wreath, dressed with elegant ribbon of bright red, gold, or a rich maroon. Consider adding a few more wreaths to front windows. Choose smaller variations for this approach, tying the theme together with uniform decorative bows. Indoors, add a wreath above your mantle, or as a welcome-piece in your front entryway.
Garland, instills a natural sense of holiday delight. If you have outdoor stair railings, consider draping them with garland intertwined with white lights or festive ribbon. Indoors, the opportunities to take advantage of garland are endless. Whether it’s over your mantle, arranged as a dining room table centerpiece or wrapped around your banister, garland is a simple, inexpensive decorating tool that lends itself to multiple uses.
Candles are a key ingredient in holiday decor. Place them on windowsills, creating an illuminated street-front facade. Dress up your tabletop with a selection of red and gold candles of varying height, which will serve as a beautiful focal point, as well as a source of vibrant dining decor. For a slight variation, place scented holiday candles in bedrooms and bathrooms. Choose scents such as cinnamon or evergreen. These holiday fragrances will fill your home with a delicious aroma of the season. Just make sure to remember to blow them out before leaving the house.
Strings of sparkling lights are essential for fully capturing the spirit of the holidays. Don’t feel the need to go overboard and bedazzle your entire house, but do allow yourself creative license: After all, decorating should be fun. Outside, wrap your shrubbery in strands of shimmering light. Trees are another wonderful idea, but could require some professional help, as the height and level of difficulty may prove dangerous or unmanageable for a lighting novice. Consider stringing lights around doorways, window frames or even your fireplace. Just make sure they are unplugged when you leave the house, as you don’t want to create an unintentional fire hazard.