The holiday season is filled with different activities that only come around once a year. Decorating for the holidays should be fun, not a chore. Keep the following tips in mind when decorating your home for the festive season!
1. Don’t procrastinate: The longer you wait to get your decorating complete, the less time you have to enjoy your hard work. Don’t spend more time planning and shopping than you actually do decorating. An abundance of planning and shopping makes you tired before the real work even starts. Don’t over think your decorating plan, this type of decorating is temporary. Make your life easy, don’t take it too seriously and have fun! Make putting up and taking down holiday decorations a family affair tradition. Things will get done faster. When families accomplish tasks as a team, it brings them closer.
2. Focus: When decorating, start with a focal point. Rooms naturally have an area that is seen first by viewers due to architectural details and their locations. Larger rooms can have more than one focal point. When you begin, start with decorating the room’s natural focal point (for example: the fire place, windows, and built in bookcases with decorative moldings). Keep in mind that the whole room does not need to be decorated. Focus on what people notice and spend your time on those areas. Don’t create too much work for yourself!
3. Get inspired: Holiday color schemes are not restricted to the typical red, white and green. Use creative color schemes using bright colors in combination with a metallic color such as silver and/or gold (for example: green, purple and silver). Fresh new looks are exciting and notice-worthy. Have some fun and take some risks!
Qualify Rooms: There is no need to decorate every inch of your home for the holidays. Only decorate rooms that entertain guests. There is really no need to decorate bathrooms or bedrooms. Save your self some time and money by only decorating rooms where family and guests gather.
Tasteful Not Tacky: It is easy to go overboard with holiday decorations. Avoid looking tacky by using white lights that do not blink. Large decorations (like large blow up lawn ornaments) should be used in moderation. Greenery with contrasting, intertwined ribbon looks very tasteful when combined with white strands of lights.
It’s “HOLIDAY” Season: Don’t get caught up with perfecting your holiday décor; remember it’s only temporary. Spend less time decorating and spend more time on holiday activities with family and friends. Take some time to holiday and relax a bit. You will remember joyous memories with loved ones; not what the house looks like. Keep in mind what is really important and what the holiday season represents.