With less than two weeks to go until Christmas day, many of you will probably be thinking about getting the decorations out of the loft and making the house feel warm and festive! Although many of us will be very familiar with this age-old tradition, those of you who have only recently become a homeowner will likely be looking for ideas or inspiration.
That’s why we have put together the following blog, all about the ways in which you can go about creating a suitably seasonal atmosphere in just a few simple steps…
Choose a theme
Before you start physically decorating your house, one of the first things you should always do is decide on a theme. Whether this relates to the use of colour or era that you are looking to capture, all these decisions will form the basis for your choice of ornaments and trinkets.
When it comes to colour scheme, the most common/traditional combinations have always been red and gold. But, in the last few years, there seems to have been an increase in the popularity of more minimal colour schemes. More specifically, the frequent use of blue or black tones can give your ornaments a sleek and contemporary look.
It’s also important to consider what style of trinkets you want to use. If you are considering going for a classic décor, then you will want to keep it simple and buy lots of traditional items such as tinsel, baubles and wreaths. However, if you want to go for a more modern look, keep it simple and only use these classic items sparingly.
Get creative with your displays
Another recent trend in seasonal decoration has been the presentation of festive items such as greetings cards, stockings and food. More specifically, unorthodox or imaginative displays have become increasingly popular in recent years and can help to bring a fresh look to some of your classic ornaments.
For instance, by simply running a piece of string or ribbon across the wall, you can create a unique and practical display for your cards. Alternatively, you can make use of pegs or paper clips to attach them to other decorative items such as a wreath or length of tinsel.
Customize your decorations
If you are looking to decorate on a budget or simply want to create a custom look for your home, there are several DIY options available to you. Firstly, if you have the time and inclination, you can get creative and build your very own personal trinkets.
Don’t worry, you can keep this simple and combine any spare ornaments (i.e. tinsel, baubles and garland) with some rosemary plants and a clear pot to create a festive centerpiece. Alternatively, you could also recycle any old jam or mason jars as tealight holders to add a warm and seasonal feel to your home.
Finally, to really personalize your decorations, you should incorporate family photos and custom name tags as much as possible.
Insulate your home
It’s also important to remember that December coincides with much colder weather, and the placement of your decorations can help to minimize the amount of heat that is being lost from your home.
There are a couple of quick and obvious things you can do to keep your home warm and festive, the first of which would be to light your fire. If you have an open-log fire, this is a great way to save on heating bills all whilst staying festive and toasty. You could also lay a festive rug down to help retain some of this heat and add to the established theme of your decorations.
You can even line some of your windows or doors with festive wreaths and tinsel to help your home retain its warmth. By limiting the amount of cold air that is entering your home, these decorations will act as provisional draught excluders.
Don’t forget the garden
If you really want to spread that seasonal cheer throughout the neighbourhood, you should also spend some time making the exterior of your home look suitably festive. There are many ways to do this, but one of the easiest is to line your hedges and/or trees with a variety of fairy lights (provided that they are water-resistant and connected to a weatherproof electricity supply). These are a Christmas staple and will instantly make any garden look more festive and jovial.
If you want to go more traditional, you can even add a wreath or garland to your door and welcome your guests with a seasonal entrance. For the full effect, make sure to line the path with some of the lights and add a few outdoor ornaments at regular intervals.
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