• Sun. Sep 19th, 2021

Freshen up your holiday decorating with these tips

Since you’ve been spending so much time homebound, you’re well ahead on your holiday decorating, right? Well, maybe not. Maybe you are in such a funk that you are having a brain freeze on thinking about the holidays. Or, perhaps you do have that decorating pretty well planned out, or even much of it done, but are still looking for a fresh idea or two. Here are a few tips.

First of all, it’s always a good idea to focus on the spaces that count the most. A foyer, if you have one, sets the stage — make it fabulous. Then concentrate on the living room, kitchen and dining room. While this isn’t to say your other spaces can’t be spruced up and decorated, these main spaces are likely where most of the hosting and holiday activities will take place.

Candles at different heights can add visual interest.

The holiday season can be thought of as two distinct periods: Autumn and winter. For many, the decorations from fall to the snowy season are a dramatic change, but decorating those main spaces can be easier if you choose a transitional color palette from the start. Red, gold and silver are all great colors that can be incorporated at the beginning of the season and last until spring. 

Red, gold and silver can be transitional colors that work from autumn to winter. And, sometimes simple fits your style best.

Don’t overlook smaller places that can have an added touch for the holidays. Replace that display of family photos with some holiday details. Windowsills, armoires, and yes, even bathrooms deserve a little touch of holiday magic. And, don’t forget to add some holiday spice to the guest room.

The color theme on the tree is extended to the other decorative touches making for an elegant coordinated look.

Shine, glow, sparkle and shine

Greeting cards you’ve received can add to a mantel arrangement.

Accessories are the jewelry for your interior decorating, even more so during the holidays.

Ornaments aren’t just for the tree. A simple holiday accent can be created by placing ornaments in a crystal bowl or glass urn. Round glass balls can even be used as table place cards when you write each guest’s name on them.

Soft glowing light is complementary to you and your holiday guests. Once you’ve turned the lights down low, bring out the candles by the boxful. From tall and tapered to short and stout, candles set a celebratory tone. Grouping candles in odd numbers and varying heights can add interest, or consider displaying them on a silver platter for even more light and shine.