Well, we’re close, folks! Thanksgiving is just over a week away, and I want to make sure you stop by on Friday for TONS of resources to help you out with your plans for the big day! But, since we’re pretty close to another holiday soon after, I wanted to whet your appetite for a little bit of Christmas, too! So when Marie Nieves contacted me and asked if she could share some tips on prepping your home for Christmas, well, that was just perfect! So, here she is!
Ho ho ho! Christmas is getting seriously close – are you ready for it? I don’t mean getting your holiday groove on – is your HOME jolly enough for this jolly occasion? You don’t want to disappoint Santa when he walks in for his milk and cookies! It is about time to decorate your home for the holiday, and that venture should go way beyond simply decorating the Christmas tree, while not crossing the line of over-the-top holiday kitsch. Instead of mixing all the sparkly things together, for years back, I have two basic colour palettes for Christmas which I never combine: blue-silver and gold-red. Here are my tips to make your home welcoming this holiday season.
This is just like spring cleaning with an extra dash of joy. There is no need for emptying the closets and rearranging the clothes. Just make sure you clean the carpets and the floors, to give them a fresh look. If you have the opportunity, try to give the walls a new coat of paint, just what it takes to go into the next year as new. Opt for some winter colours, such as white, silvery grey or powdery blue.
Updating the Furniture
Of course, there is no need for purchasing whole new furniture. It will be enough to breath in new life into your old pieces. You can do that by painting the wooden and metal pieces, or even intentionally wearing out wooden items to give them vintage and rustic appeal. Covering the couches and chairs with bright red/silver/blue covers will add lifelines into your home. For an extra holiday cheer, add cushions with winter and holiday ornaments (snowflakes, snowman, Santa Claus, golden or silver details, etc.)
To keep it toned-down, but still joyful, you can keep the furniture and walls decoration to minimum, while adding some extra colour and sparkle with accessories. For instance, I have recently covered my staircase with red runner rugs and railings with green garlands decorated with red and gold bows. You can step up the game with decorative curtains with gold/silver bows, and equally astonishing chandeliers, or similar pieces.
A Dash of Christmas in Every Room
Christmas in the bathroom? Why not? I love to put, if just an air freshener that smells like Christmas (pine tree, chocolate, chestnuts, cinnamon, etc.) and holiday-inspired hand towels. Dress up the fireplace mantle in the living room with stockings or statues of Santa (do not do both, if you do not want to go overboard). Put scented candles into your bedroom and guest bedrooms. Sparkly placemats will bring the holiday cheer right into your kitchen. The important thing is to put something that reminds you of Christmas in every room.
Decorating the Outdoor
This is the part everyone gets excited for. Still, try not to make it too sparkly. You want your house to seem welcoming, not blinding. A couple of rows of neutral colour light bulbs, green garlands at the porch and the door, and one blow up Santa or Snowman will be enough.
I hope these tips will help you to spend a merry and stylish Christmas!
About the author
Marie Nieves is a student and a blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and to surf the Internet. Her favourite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. Marie loves to share her experiences and talk about practical solutions. She is an avid lover of photography interested in interior and exterior design and regular author on Smooth Decorator. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and G+.
Thank you so much, Marie! I don’t know about you, but I’m totally inspired! Did you get some good ideas for your home, too?
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