Since you have been spending so much time homebound, you are well ahead on your holiday decorating, right? Well, maybe not. Maybe you are in a funk and having a brain-freeze on thinking about the holidays. Or perhaps you have your decorating ideas pretty well planned out or much of it done but are still looking for a fresh idea or two. Here are a few tips.
It is always a good idea to focus on the spaces that count the most. A foyer, if you have one, sets the stage---make it fabulous. Then concentrate on the living room, kitchen, and dining room. While this isn’t to say your other spaces can’t be spruced up and decorated, these main spaces are likely where most of the hosting and holiday activities will take place.
The holiday season can be thought of as two distinct periods: autumn and winter. For many, the decorations from fall to the snowy season are a dramatic change but decorating those main spaces can be easier if you choose a transitional colour palette from the start. Red, gold, and silver are all great colours that can be incorporated at the beginning of the season and last until spring.
Don’t overlook smaller spaces that can have an added touch for the holidays. Replace that display of family photos with some holiday knick-knacks. Windowsills, armoires, and yes, even bathrooms deserve a little touch of holiday magic.
Shine, Glow, and Sparkle
Accessories are the jewelry for your interior decorating, even more so during the holidays.
Ornaments aren’t just for the tree. A simple holiday accent can be created by placing ornaments in a crystal bowl or glass urn. Round glass balls can even be used as table place cards when you write each guest’s name on them.
Soft glowing light is complimentary to you and your holiday guests. Once you have turned the lights down low, bring out the candles by the boxful. From tall and tapered to short and stout, candles set a celebratory tone. Grouping candles in odd numbers and varying heights can add interest, or consider displaying them on a silver platter for even more light and shine.
Mirrors, picture frames, and metallic vases will help your room sparkle and shine.
When choosing plants to help add holiday cheer, think beyond the traditional poinsettias. Fill vases with bouquets of fresh flowers in addition to the usual holly. Or choose beautifully shaped topiaries covered with red pepper berries. Or how about draping your dining room chandelier with a pine garland or holly.
Set Your Own Style!
Above all, make your holiday décor reflect your family’s personality. Try incorporating your passions into your holiday tree design and other aspects of your decorating.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to give your festive decorating an unexpected feel, a unique feel that relates personally to those who will use the space.
Amandeep Brar (Ritu)
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