With the holidays just around the corner, it is time to think about decking the halls around the home. The process can be overwhelming with so much to consider. The best way to enjoy the decorating process during the holidays is to have a plan, start early, and follow these tips for a stress free holiday season.
Begin planning as soon as the displays go up at the department stores and malls. The earlier the plan comes together the less stressful holiday decorating will be. A solid plan allows for a cohesive look that carries throughout the house. Decorating without a plan only lends to a chaotic look and increased stress. Gather holiday décor pieces together and decide what this year’s holiday decorating will look like. Pulling ideas together will help to create a seamless and cohesive look.
When gathering ideas, start with pieces already owned and avoid adding unneeded items every year. For example rather than purchase new glass jars or decorative bowls to display ornaments and pine cones use bowls, vases and baskets already in use or stored for the right occasion. It takes very little to be creative and discover new ways to display items collected over the years. This also saves money and keeps the budget in check.
Unless everyday accessories are part of the plan, opt to store items instead before putting out a treasured collection of snowmen or vintage ornaments. Holiday décor placed alongside everyday décor will quickly overrun tabletops and bookcases. Instead, start with a blank slate and create cheerful holiday display. Swapping out the usual décor for holiday pieces will open up the space allowing for a more pulled together look. Replace the bowl on the coffee table with apothecary jars filled with vintage glass ornaments; hang boxwood wreaths over the fireplace or replace family vacation pictures with family holiday pictures from seasons past.
It is easy to go overboard collecting a range of styles that lend to an inconsistent holiday look. It can be difficult to settle on one look, but, be smart and pick one style to build on. For a country Christmas, opt for hand-made ornaments, natural elements and needlepoint pillows. If a glamorous look is preferred use mercury glass, Swarovski crystals, and faux fur pillows and throws.
While the focal point of the family room decorated for the holidays is the tree, other rooms need a little holiday cheer too. Weave holiday décor into all areas of the home. A small tree placed in the entryway, holiday themed bedding in the bedroom, or holiday scented soaps in the powder room all add a festive feel to the entire home.
Don’t forget the front door, it sets the tone for holiday décor. Welcome guests with a simple festive wreath. While framing a door in garland and hanging lights goes the extra mile, keeping it simple keeps costs and stress low. The front door will be amazing yet understated with just a touch of holiday cheer.
These simple strategies will make holiday decorating a breeze and allow for more enjoyment of what really matters, friends and family.