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As we are nearing the end of the year, the holidays are approaching fast. It is a time where you gather with all your closest family members and enjoy good food and each other’s company. Maybe you do a lot of hosting with your friends. Either way, you are going to need your dwelling to get into the holiday spirit with decorations.
Not every house has to be decked in holly, the colours red and green and smell like a cinnamon apple. It is ultimately up to you how large or minimal you want to go. Whatever you do make sure you start early so you can enjoy all the holiday festivities without the added pressure of getting your ducks in a row.
If you are looking for simple tips that will help spruce up your home for the holiday, these steps will have your home looking tastefully ready for the holiday season.
Decorate The Tree
The tree is typically the focal point of any house or apartment that is in the holiday spirit. The great thing about interior design is that it is very personal and it is up to your own style. You do not need to rush out and purchase a real 7-foot-tall tree to get the same effect. The trees also do not have to be specific to one holiday. You can get a tree for Halloween or Thanksgiving too. It is ultimately up to you.
You can go for a nostalgic tree decorated with your family’s homemade ornaments you have accumulated over the years. It is ok for the decorations not to match. It is ok if there is no theme. It is ok if it does not go with the rest of your holiday decorations. It is about fun for the kids.
On the other hand, you could go for an aesthetic tree. Think glitz, glamour and unexpected colours. You could also opt for the two-style method in which one half of your tree matches on them while the other side of your tree matches another. There are plenty of ways you can decorate your holiday tree, it all depends on what look you are shooting for.
Set The Table
Your dining room table is usually an overlooked area for decoration, but keep it in mind. Those small details could tie a look together. You want to make sure that you have a great centrepiece that is a statement. It will be the focal point of your entire dining room, so basing your decorations off of that centrepiece would be the best way to go. Keep in mind the kind of colour palettes you want to use. The colour palettes tell a story about the vibe you are trying to create.
For the most put-together look, it is recommended that you pick at least one but no more than two base colours. That way your decorations keep their cohesiveness. Add some spice with flowers and foliage as a centrepiece and you will not regret it.
Another added detail worth paying attention to is the types of fabric used on your tablecloths and napkins. The right kind of fabric can tone up or down a well-decorated room. It depends on the pattern and kind of fabric. You can find your perfect fabrics and all your dinner table needs at an online homeware stores.
Serve Up The Food
The best part about the holidays is the food. Though there are some traditional dinners that are served during the holidays, you do not have to follow tradition. You can create your own.
Instead of having a turkey on Thanksgiving, maybe you have a crab boil instead. As long as it is home-cooked you are good to go. You could also put your own design on a holiday classic, which will have everyone at your holiday party talking.
Your Plates And Cutlery Are Important Too
Plates, forks, spoons and knives are the details that really tie a look together. After all, people will be paying attention to it while they dig into the delicious food you cooked. You want to make sure you are putting your best foot forward. Your plates can either match your centrepiece perfectly, or the plates themselves can be the talk of the town. Either way, you want to have plates that add to your decorations. The same can be said for cutlery.
Do Not Forget About The Fireplace Mantle
The mantle is prime real estate for all your holiday decorations. Adorn it with foliage that brings you holiday cheer, typically with red stockings and holly.
On the other hand, you can go with a more modern look. Instead of dressing your mantel with holly, decorate with holiday knick-knacks and a hanging wreath overhead. Your possibilities are never ending.
Outdoor decorations are a crucial part of decorating your house for the holidays. You could hang a wreath on your front door. You could even hang lights. Do you want to stay kid-friendly with your decorations, meaning multi-coloured and nostalgic? Would you rather go with a certain theme and keep it throughout your outdoor decorations?
All of these questions are important to answer because they will help you better understand what type of decorating you want to do. It all works together to create the perfect holiday cheer for your home.
Details Are In The Gift Wrapping
The finishing touch to your holiday decorations is the gifts that will sit under your tree or around the house. You can go over-the-top, with an eccentric gift wrap. Oppositely you can go with the less-is-more approach and only sticking to the bare minimums when it comes to gift wrapping paper. Remember that your gifts will be sitting under a tree, so you want to make sure that it complements the rest of your home decorations. You could opt for super festive gift wrap or you could do the brown paper option. Either way, it is going to look fantastic.