December has just arrived, which means that the Holidays are just around the corner! If you are like us, this is your favorite month of the year. You now have the power to decorate your entire property with plenty of lights and ornaments, making the entire month as festive as possible.
As you prepare for the holidays in earnest, you might get an overwhelming feeling. Decoration seems like a lot of work, and not only that, most people do not know how or when to start. However, take it from us – the process moves along much faster than you expected once you get started.
The question is this: How can you get organized and what should you get before you start setting everything up for the holidays? Home advisors like us have the answer! Right now, we will discuss our favorite tips and tricks for making your home the envy of the neighborhood during the most beautiful time of the year.
The first thing you should do before decorating your house in any way is to set a date. When do you have the time to go out and buy everything that you need? Moreover, when do you have the time to fully decorate your home? Our recommendation is to choose one weekend to do all of this, that way you have two days to get everything done.
Many homeowners have expressed regret trying to decorate during the week. Sometimes, things were left unfinished for the entire season as other holiday responsibilities are added onto the to-do list. There is nothing more unsatisfying than seeing your holiday decorations incomplete, and that is why you should have more than a day to give your house that holiday spirit. If you’re strapped for time, try inviting your friends and family to help out!
Once you set a date, start choosing the colors. Some people feel comfortable with the traditional holiday color scheme – red, white, green, and gold. But if you feel more daring, you can play around with different hues.
Some non-traditional holiday colors we have come to love recently are purple, blue, silver, and even pink! Regardless of what you decide to do, make sure you feel comfortable about how the color palette looks around your house.
Remember – tableware is also important! If you are hosting a Christmas, Hanukkah, or New Year’s Eve party, make sure that your tableware fits with the overall decor of your home. Our advice is to always use neutral colors for your plates, such as white, silver, or gold. These three colors act as the perfect match for the rest of your holiday decor, no matter what that might entail.
Candles arguably provide the greatest amount of holiday ambience. Finding the right ornaments and pieces to place around the house is one thing, but it is another thing entirely to make it feel as cozy as possible. Holiday-themed scents play a big part here.
You can go to your favorite candle store or online retailer and start picking out a small selection of candles to use during the holiday season. We love scents that remind us of the things that we love the most about the end of the year. Pine trees, gingerbread, and candy cane mint are three popular options!
Try to include some natural decor around the house. It does not matter if it is actually fake, but a few items like this will help prepare your family to welcome the holiday spirit. First of all, you should get your Christmas tree! Having a tree in the house will make your space light up with joy and hope for the following year. Plus, the little ones love to help with decorating as well!
Don’t forget – there’s more to natural holiday decor than just the tree! You can make wreaths out of pinecones, use flowers like poinsettias to liven up the dinner table, and of course, plant a mistletoe in an inconspicuous place for some holiday matchmaking. As you create beautiful decorations with these pieces, let your imagination fly and see what you are capable of doing.
Last but not least, light up the exteriors with holiday lights! This step is where you can get insanely creative, because there are hardly any limits to what you can do or how far you can go with the lighting. Candles also count as lights, so if you want a more conservative look, place them strategically in the windowsills to make your home shine.
The holiday season is stressful for a great many homeowners, but home advisors like us see no need for it to be that way! Mix and match each of these tips and tricks in whatever way you choose, that way your home’s decorations for the rest of the year will remain unique and full of cheer.