It doesn’t matter if you are stressing over the Christmas holidays or looking at an Easter get-together with the family. When it comes to decorating the home for any kind of holiday it can take a certain amount of planning to pull it off successfully. Now, unless you are spending the holidays in a dreary location such as in an offshore oil rig living quarters, you should be able to follow these little tips and tricks to make your home holiday friendly.
Don’t Limit Your Holiday Colors
While the knee-jerk reaction is to use only red and green for Christmas and purple or pastels for Easter, there is no reason you have to stick to these exclusively. In fact, it is when you move beyond the traditional palette of decorating colors that you can really begin to explore some interesting and innovative ideas for holiday decorating.
The same goes for summer or fall parties and spring or winter get-togethers. But Christmas is by far the one where we tend to paint ourselves into a corner about choosing a color scheme. If you really want to stick to the traditional colors for any kind of holiday decorating, why not mix them up with touches of gold or silver to make a bit more elegant a look for the home?
No Last-Minute Decorating
All too often we wait until right before a holiday to pull out the boxes of holiday decorations. This kind of rushed setting up of the glad rags of the holidays can often leave us with a hodgepodge of different styles because we haven’t taken the time to think it through. Always take your clues from retailers in your area. If they are putting up the Christmas décor in the store, even if you think it is a bit early, it means it is time to start thinking about it.
Pull those holiday décor boxes out and go through them, giving yourself the time to rethink that door wreath or maybe even make a new one. You may find that you will have a more cohesive look to your decorating schemes when you take the time to plan them out with thought and care.
Watch the Budget
While it is tempting to go all out and buy new items every year, it really isn’t necessary. This is so true when it comes to Christmas as we often find ourselves walking through aisle upon aisle of cool holiday decorations that entice us to spend beyond our means. It can be a simple thing like seeing a new holiday decorating trend on Pinterest and wanting to just chuck over our shoulder what we already have on hand.
But while it is fine to add a new note or two, there is no need to redo everything every year. Sometimes a simple thing like having a collection theme, such as Christmas Santas or Easter bunnies, can take care of that urge to buy new each year. And don’t forget, thrift stores are full of unique and interesting items for that collection at a fraction of new store prices.