HOLIDAY DECORATING IDEAS: 10 STEPS TO THE PERFECT HOLIDAY HOME
DECORATE LIKE A PROFESSIONAL WITHOUT SPENDING A FORTUNE
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The Holidays are officially here! This is one of my absolute most loved times of the year. I adore the smell of gingerbread, hot chocolate, and peppermint coffee. Bundling up by the fire, wearing my boots and snuggling up with a magazine are just a few of my favorite things. There’s definitely nothing I love more than decorating my home for the Holidays though, of course! It’s so exciting to think of all of the gatherings with family and friends, hosting great parties, and eating lots of cookies. Then as thoughts of sugarplums are dancing through my head, I stop to think of how I’ll be decorating the house for all of the entertaining I’ll be doing this year? I wonder how I will be able decorate my home to look as beautiful as the featured homes in magazines or in my favorite Pinterest Photos without spending all of the money i’ve saved for gifts?
I’m sure the same thought has popped into your mind as it has for many of us. We’re trying to figure out how to get our homes to look like the beautiful editorial shoots that we love. We want holiday chic instead of Santa’s Workshop. How do we do that without spending a fortune?
The good news is you’re not alone in your search for the perfect Holiday home . There are many of us who have a desire to decorate like real design professionals for the Holidays without spending all of our hard earned cash.
The good news is in this post I’ve sourced some of the best products and DIY decor advice that will make it all possible for you to get designer style that’s easy on your wallet. I’ve made sure to include the answers to the most challenging design dilemmas, and I’ve broken the design process down into 10 simple steps. Once your done with this guide, you’ll be ready to confidently decorate your home like a pro for the Holidays.
The best parr is ,It’s easy and fun, and in this post I include pictures, and a shopping list, to help make the process as easy as possible. So whether you are hosting family gatherings this year, or entertaining a few guests, this Guide will show you how to wow all that enter your Holiday domain.
Now without any more hesitation here are the steps for you
1. Try to implement as many natural elements as possible.
Implement natural elements like real wood branches, wreaths, and real green garland.
Bringing the outdoors in always adds a beautiful and interesting element . The great thing about adding natural branches, pine wreaths, and garland is that it’s not only beautiful, but the lovely smell from the natural pine is wonderful. Although there are great options out there that are not the real thing like wreaths and garland. Many times if you can implement the natural elements in your design it just adds an extra touch of fun and rustic beauty.
Photo courtesy of better homes and gardens big.com
2. If you can, stay away from things that look fake, such as fake flowers, and cartoonish accessories.
In almost all cases I am sure that we would all agree that the real thing looks better than fake things. This is true when it comes to garland, wreaths, pinecones, and lips! The good news is that often times it costs less money for the real thing and something that looks better than that of something that’s fake. Think of seeing the natural beauty of real Douglas fir garland matched up next to the stiff scratchy garland. It’s an easy choice when comparing the two.
On the flip side if you are going to opt to add in a few of the fakes here and there ( I always do) a good example of some of these items that look great and are popular this year are bottle brush treess and felt wreathes and garland.
Better Homes and Gardens Magazine says it best here;
“Take your cues from Mother Nature’s palette and pair rich textured brown pinecones with natural greenery. It is the holidays after all, so add a bit of sparkle and shine to the organic tones with hints of silver. Mercury glass decorative balls add shimmer without being too flashy, while gifts wrapped in kraft paper seem just right for this woodsy scheme”
Photo courtesy of better homes and gardens
And here are some fun accessories that are a bit novelty, but are fun and popular this year!
joann.com (has great options for bottle brush trees)
3. Choose one theme and try to stay close to that theme throughout your home
(e.g. winter wonderland, can flow into a woodland theme, but maybe not lots of Santa everywhere.)
Choosing one theme and trying to stay close to it is a common rule that I often suggest many design enthusiasts follow when they say that they want a consistent look to their design, and need help achieving that. Whether its for the holidays or not this is a helpful hint. A big problem that many of us have is wanting to use everything that looks pretty. This sometimes leads to things looking cluttered and like you have a little bit of everything going on instead of a defined style. The thing I like about having a theme for Christmas Décor is that It’s fun and a bit more modern than doing just a lot of Christmas everywhere, which is also not an issue if that is what you choose to do. However when you stick to a theme and display it throughout your space it creates a cohesive design. This will also help to carry the Holiday spirit all through your home, without looking to novelty. I would say a greatly under appreciated rule in design is that editing out certain décor pieces is just as important as adding things to your design. White space is equally as important as a decorated space.
target.com (Classic Christmas Collection)
4. Choose three main colors and carry 2 of those colors throughout your design in each room.
By choosing three main colors and then carrying two throughout your design (matched with a third color of your choice), you will create a cohesive look in your home without being too matchy-matchy. The biggest problem that many people run into when decorating their homes is keeping the décor consistent without creating the same type of style over and over in their homes. By carrying two colors throughout in your design with pieces such as art, pillows, etc. You can create a cohesive space without recreating the same room. Remember you can have a different color in each room as long as you implement the same two colors in your design in the rest of your rooms (this is not a hard and fast rule, it will just give your design a more cohesive look).
5. Include handmade, and sentimental pieces wherever you can.
This should go without saying, but when including handmade and sentimental items throughout your designs, you will not only add more visual interest to your design, but this will make your space very personal and unique to you. Handmade and sentimental items are not only beautiful to look at, they hold memories. It means so much more when there is a story to your accessories than having everything bought off of a store shelf somewhere. One of my absolute favorite Christmas accessories is a delicate stroller ornament that my mom received from one of her friends when she was pregnant with me. When you look at the bottom of the ornament in tiny little writing it says baby’s first Christmas. This is not just something that is pretty to look at, it evokes a feeling and has a story to go with it. Try to fit as many stories into your Christmas décor, or on your tree where you can. Even those ugly little macaroni ornaments we made for our parents in grade school can find a place in your Christmas décor.
Photo courtesy of nobiggie.net
6. Stick with paper, fabric, glass, and real foliage when possible.
We’ve all seen it time and time again. You know that fake flower arrangement in grandma’s house, it looks really pretty, but just so fake. There’s nothing wrong with fake, but when you are committed to using the fake stuff, try to be sure it has a handmade looking element. This is why plastic flowers for example aren’t very appealing, but people love paper flowers. This is because one is trying to look like the real thing, and the other is just an artistic expression of the real thing. This actually makes a big difference in your design being “chic” and “having a designer feel” rather than looking a bit novelty and cheesy. Sometimes if it looks like a DIY that’s usually not a good thing. Paper Fabric, glass, and real foliage also add a beautiful element of texture to your design. Our eye is used to natural beauty and is always sensitive to something that is not quite right. Bringing in natural and rustic elements gives a great layering of texture and a beautiful appeal to your home.
Below we see the use of some of these elements in a Christmas party. You can see that the use of paper cups, burlap, and wood trays against the backdrop of beautiful evergreens. Notice the interesting texture and beautiful appeal it adds to the photo.
7.Don’t do too much. (In this case being selective is best, don’t get crazy with the ornaments and decorations. Remember you want to add to your regular style. Not re-create Santa’s workshop)
I know that we’ve all heard the saying that less is more. This is often the case when decorating in general and also goes for Christmas. Pick a few places where you want to set up some vignettes (small grouped designs,can be themed) and then throughout the rest of your space subtly add in your holiday décor. For example, switching out some of your regular art with printable Christmas art. Or changing up your mantle with winter wonderland accessories, and adding some Douglas fir garland to your stair banister. These are all good examples of making small changes that make a big impact without going overboard. I would also strongly suggest moving and storing some of your regular décor items and swapping them out for your Christmas décor.
Kara from Karasparty ideas writes about her tree
“I absolutely love all the rustic decorations on and around my farmhouse + cabin tree.” @karaspartyideas.com
Below is a photo from Karas Party Ideas Blog where she uses her christmas theme beautifully!
Photo Courtesy of Karaspartyideas.com
Often times trying to layer your Christmas décor over your regular decorations just ends up looking too cluttered and doesn’t leave enough white space for your eye to take in the overall appeal of your design. Stay true to your style by adding your personal touch to your tree and changing out some of your normal accessories for your favorite Christmas decorations. Destiny from Just Destiny Magazine gives great advice in her holiday post below
“I know it’s not realistic for you to go out and purchase an entire new tree with all the trimmings every single year so I encourage you to use some of the same items from last years tree and still have a fun new look! For example, instead of striped ribbon like last year you can use a buffalo check ribbon or garland like the one here. It’s all about mixing and matching and staying true to your style!”
Photo courtesy of justdestinymag.com
8.Use texture to add interest to your design (furry pillows, big fluffy throws, burlap ribbon etc.)
Using texture in your design will not only add visual interest, but using textures such as chunky knits, and furry throws will also feel great to the touch and give a lovely cozy feeling to your design. Another great way to add texture to your design is by incorporating different fabrics to your tree, and holiday decor, such as burlap, fur and flannel materials. The eye naturally picks up the difference of reflection and grade of things, so adding dimension with something that is not flat gives your eyes something to focus on.
Below is a photo from The Tomkat Studio blog where the use of texture is used brilliantly, note the big fluffy pillows, furry ottoman, and fur stockings!
Photo courtesy of thetomkatstudio.com
9.Definitely invest in some cool printable art to change out with some of your normal framed art.
There’s great printable Christmas art on Etsy that can fit anyone’s style. I LOVE PRINTABLE ART. Using printable art in your Christmas décor is not only fun and affordable, it gives a polished and complete look to your design, and it is literally instant! Placing your printable art in a gold or silver frame adds another boost to your Holiday design.
easy.com (printable wisdom shop)
10. Use Metalics the right way
(Think candle holders, ornaments and picture frames instead of lots of tinsel, aluminum garland, and shiny trees.) Metalics are a trend that have been popular for a while now and are only getting better. A modern way to use metalics is to add gold accessories and then enhance your design with your normal Christmas décor. There are some beautiful options out there right now. Look at some of Target’s Christmas décor collections. They have a few of my favorite accessories such as gold antlers, gold table runners, and ornaments. Worldmarktet is another of my favorite places for beautiful gold décor and entertaining pieces. They have some wonderful gold dipped whine glasses and gold serving trays for the Holidays.
Hope you enjoyed this post! Please click the link below for the shopping list
Holiday Shopping List