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Holiday Decorating Guide

Turn Your Home Into A Winter Wonderland

holiday decorationsTis the season for decorating, no matter what your style! This time of year you can really let your creative side show. Decorate your house with not only store-bought items, but with homemade decorations as well!

There are so many ways to add holiday cheer to your home this season. Whether you are preparing for a party or just for your own personal enjoyment, here are some tips to help get your home in full season spirit!

Decide On An Overall Look And Feel

Choose a classy holiday look, a funky theme, a kid-friendly atmosphere, or another style this year. If you have a plan in place and colors in mind before you set out shopping, you are sure to have a more cohesive and attractive holiday display without buying extras that don't fit in. Here are some examples:

  • Traditional
    • Colors: Red and green
    • Decor: Ornaments, lights, stockings, wreaths, snowflakes, poinsettia, stripes, candy canes, tinsel, garland
  • Classy
    • Colors: White/off-white and gold/silver
    • Decor: Candles, ornaments, white lights, vases, ribbons, simple wreaths, stars, bells, glitter
  • Country
    • Colors: Deep green, rustic neutrals, deep red
    • Decor: Fabrics, evergreens, pinecones, candles, wooden ornaments, anything earthy or weathered
  • Kidsy
    • Colors: Red, green and everything in between
    • Decor: Holiday characters, garland, multi-colored lights, blinking lights, candy canes, homemade ornaments
  • Funky
    • Colors: Dark blue, pink or purple
    • Decor: Solid colored lights, polka dots, sparkles, big ribbons, fun patterns

Decorate Within Your Personal Style

Just because red, green, and glitter are the holiday norm doesn't mean that you have to abandon your personal taste. Put your own twist on the decorations that adorn your home for the holidays. Feel free to use colors that work with your furniture and home decor, colors that coordinate with the wrapping paper you love, or simply colors that appeal to you.

Don't Go Overboard

There are so many ideas and decorations to put up, but do not try to do them all! It can be tempting to cover every inch of your house with tinsel and lights, but you must resist. Decorating with less instead of more leads to a classier look. Pick something to be the focal point of the room and then decorate around it. A good way to avoid the cluttered look is to stick with a single theme for your house or for each particular room.

Involve Your Kids

Trimming the tree is not the only time to get your kids involved. Let your kids make decorations for your home! You can save them and use them year after year. Need ideas? Here are some quick kid-friendly holiday decorating projects to try:
  • Make snowman cut-outs to string as garland
  • Customize porcelain ornaments from a craft store
  • Create a wreath using evergreens and old ornaments
  • Assemble a felt wall hanging with a holiday theme
  • Use pinecones to create fun and thrifty holiday centerpieces
  • Decorate a festive photo frame to surround a holiday greeting or song lyric

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