Top 10 Holiday Decorating Tips

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Are you ready for the holidays? Try to carve out some time to decorate your home so that you and your guests can experience the warmth and spirit of these very special days all through the holiday season.

Here are some time-tested tips for getting your home in holiday shape:

1 Get creative with your outdoor decor.
Outdoor lights and accessories add a holiday touch appreciated by not only your family and house guests but also your neighbours and passers-by. Choose a theme or color scheme that gives you the opportunity to create a unified yet festive look. String lights around your eaves, windows, fences, trees and bushes, and add accent pieces to your front porch, balcony and yard. Consider solar LED lights to do your part for the environment.

2 Welcome guests with holiday cheer.
From the wreath on your door to your festive entryway, guests will feel the warmth of the holidays the moment they step through your door. Suspend a garland or birch branch adorned with ornaments at varying heights in your entryway for a unique holiday touch, or place a small wreath with a hurricane candle center on your entryway table.

3 Showcase your decorations in fresh new ways.
Fill clear vases or a glass hurricane candle holder with ornaments to decorate your dinner, entryway and coffee tables.

4 Develop a theme.
The better coordinated your decorations are, the easier it will be to pull together a cohesive holiday look throughout your home. Take stock of the ornaments and other decorations you have and decide if you can build a theme around them (or develop a variety of themes, room by room). This doesn’t mean sticking to strictly matched pieces. Feel free to decorate with a mix of old and new, and shiny and natural pieces. The secret is to balance your look so that there is a sense of peace and warmth rather than a circus-type ambience.

5 Take care in decorating your tree.
If a Christmas tree will be a central element of your holiday decor, begin with a high-quality tree and make sure you water it daily. Choose a gorgeous tree topper and then  decorate from top to bottom. Remember that the tree needs to look beautiful from every angle, and that green floral wire makes much nicer hangers than mismatched strings or hooks. If you have gaps between branches, try filling the spaces with wide ribbon garland. 

6 Beautify your staircase.
Twist pine garlands, perhaps accentuated by twinkle lights, holly and small ornaments, around the banister of your staircase. If you have children, consider hanging colorful stockings as well.

7 Add sparkle to your dining room. 
Suspend clear or silver ornaments from your chandelier to pick up the light and lend a warm glow to your home. Use a coordinating, holiday-inspired ribbon to hang them.

8 Trim your dinner table.
When entertaining, incorporate some of your favorite ornaments into your table setting. You can use ornaments as place card holders, or wrap them around your cloth napkins with ribbon. Be creative, and you’ll find that your dinner table sparkles with holiday elegance.

9 Consider adding a second..,
third or fourth tree. Spread Christmas cheer throughout your home by decorating full-size or miniature trees in several rooms. If you have children, include them in the decorating fun, allowing them to decorate their own mini trees to brighten up their bedrooms.

10 Remember your mantle.
Adorn it with a small decorated tree, holiday photos and figurines, or the kids’ Christmas stockings.