Oh yes, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. The time when families come together from near and far to celebrate the holidays. And after what was a stressful 2021, creating a warm and inviting space that stimulates joy and togetherness, with simple comforts and heartwarming family traditions is what we all need to round up the year. Here are a few ideas to give your home a cozy and festive glow.
Indoor Christmas Decoration Ideas
In preparation for inviting friends and family into our homes once more, the foyer sets the stage. Even if your entryway is a small space, it is an area where Christmas decorations can have a substantial visual impact. Make it magical with ambiance lighting and carefully placed holiday decorations – especially your most treasured holiday decorations. A well-selected garland for your front door-facing stairs will add a touch of texture and warmth. For some originality, add your favourite vintage Christmas ornaments to a mini tree placed along the entryway. Add some blush and burgundy silk flowers to a french-style vase to complete the theme.
Don’t overlook smaller places that can have an added touch for the holidays, like armoires, guest-accessible washrooms and window sills. What looks good on a window sill? Start by choosing a theme. Are you looking to go old-fashioned with red and white ornaments, maybe you want to feature gold, or perhaps you’re looking to recreate the entire nativity scene. Whatever you desire.
Particular attention should be placed on where the family gathers most which is usually the living room. Make sure the room is cozy with lots of seating options that promote opportunities for conversation. Take decorative liberties with surface spaces, like mantles, ledges and fireplaces. Although your kitchen is the heart of the home for most of the year, during the holidays, the living room takes precedents. Check out these 36 best living room decorations from Elle Decor.
When it comes to decorating, the most common question during the holidays is how should I dress my dining room table for Christmas? The best thing to do is to drape the table with festive holiday linens. The centrepiece should be unique but low-profiled as you don’t want it to detriment the conversation. Candlesticks are perfect. Mixing and matching your china and silver pieces can be a charming and eclectic way to enjoy those special heirlooms.
Outdoor Christmas Decorations Ideas + lights and candles
Of course, one of the most popular decorations is outdoor Christmas lights. So popular some choose to leave them up all year long. Another popular choice is the Christmas door decorations. Liven up your door with a wreath made of pinecones and tinsel, or go for a traditional style made of cedar.
Decorate with soft glowing light to complement your outdoor holiday decorations. From tall and tapered to short and stout, candles set a festive ambience, great for inside or outside the home. Grouping candles together and varying height can add interest, or consider displaying them on a holiday-themed platter for even more meaning.
Homemade Christmas Decorations and Decorative Accessories
Decorative accessories are the jewellery for your interior space. During the holidays, decorative accessories are what make your decorations stand out.
Mix it up, try combining some of your favourite home accessories with traditional holiday décor. You can even incorporate homemade Christmas decorations into your home decor too. Try decorating your mantle with the collection of Christmas cards received this year. Or family picture frames interspersed with colourful ornaments displayed on a decorative mirror will help add even more holiday cheer.
Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas
Is it a merry Christmas without a Christmas tree? Absolutely not! Check out House Beautiful’s guide to 55 Decor Ideas That'll Seriously Upgrade Your Christmas Tree.
The Christmas tree isn’t the only plant you can incorporate. When choosing plants to help add holiday cheer, think beyond the traditional poinsettias. Fill vases with bouquets of fresh flowers or choose beautifully shaped topiaries. Now that your holiday decorating is complete put on your favourite holiday music and get ready to enjoy your home for the holidays!
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