A dreary year has left us all looking for some good cheer, and what better way than decorating for the holidays.
A 2020 holiday trends report by Modsy, an online interior design company, finds more people than ever plan to have a home-decor blowout this year.
Texas came in second, just after Illinois, in a ranking of states where residents plan to go above and beyond when decorating this holiday season. At least 70% of Texans surveyed said they plan to decorate more this season than ever before.
In the survey of 2,000 people from all over the United States, about 69% of respondents said they will go all out to make holiday décor fun and festive amid a uniquely bleak year.
Rounding out the top five over-decorating states is Washington in third, followed by Pennsylvania and Ohio.
“It makes sense many people are putting extra effort into their holiday decor this year so they can make their homes a place of joy and delight since they’ll be spending so much time there this season,” says Alessandra Wood, VP of Style for Modsy.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some people are changing up how they decorate. Just for fun, about 31% of respondents said they would be open to a COVID-themed Christmas tree or other holiday décor.
Nearly 60% of individuals said they are placing an emphasis on their home’s entryway to help maintain sanitary areas and help keep the germs outside.
Modsy offers some simple tips to make holiday decorating impactful:
1. Make the design your own. Try picking a unique theme for your tree or décor. If using the same traditional decorations, change it up with a new color or material – like tulle or tinsel.
2. Work with what you have. If space is tight and there is no room for a tree, try hanging ornaments from the windows with different lengths of ribbon. A simple wreath on the front door and strings of garland along the entryway, staircases or the mantle can create holiday magic without taking up space.
3. Create a focal point for the décor that family can gather around. For many, the main focus of the holidays is the Christmas tree or fireplace mantle. However, there are ways to make eye-catching displays in other ways. Create a tablescape or tiny winter village, which will draw interest. These creations can be placed anywhere in the house, but the living room tends to be the best place.
For those who may not be natural home decorators, Modsy offers a 2020 Holiday Décor Lookbook for ideas and inspiration.
And finally for those who just do not have the time or patience to decorate this year, Modsy has downloadable Zoom backgrounds that can make it look like you created your own winter wonderland.
See their full 2020 Holiday Trends Report at: https://blog.modsy.com/uncategorized/modsy-2020-holiday-home-trends-report/
Claire Kowalick, a senior journalist for the Times Record News, covers local government, military and MSU Texas. If you have a news tip, contact Claire at [email protected]
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