Tuesday, 28 November 2017
Designing your home for the Christmas holidays can be exhilarating, but it can also be difficult to do it "just right" so that your home doesn't look gaudy or tasteless. To create an atmosphere of sophistication and grace, you really should have a plan before you begin. The Christmas holiday season brings wonderful gifts and gatherings, along with one very unwelcome guest - holiday stress. This year, bypass the usual Christmas home design with some simple, easily executed ideas that can make a home look festive without exhausting the host and hostess.
Tie up Christmas with Bows
That's right; a big batch of ribbons and bows can turn any room into a holiday wonderland. Many designing bows come pre-made with wire ties to make them easy to display. Don't limit colors to red. Choose bows in hues and patterns that complement your home's decor. For example, a gold and purple color combination looks stunning with many traditional home designs, and it gives some out-of-the-ordinary interest. Or choose a homey pattern such as red-and-green plaid ribbons for a home with a Cottage Country scheme. If nothing else works, bring out the metallics; gold, silver, red and green foil ribbons will give plenty of Christmas sparkle to any room.
Tie the bows and ribbons to the backs of chairs, on candlesticks, on the handles of baskets, or even hang them from doorknobs. Attach them to evergreen wreaths, garlands and swags, or wire them to picks and stick them in indoor plants. Look for rugs for sale in colors to complement the bows in order to carry the theme throughout the home décor.
Set out Holiday Tableware For A Whole Season
Celebrate the season for more than one day. For example, in the United States, annual festivities begin with Halloween on Oct. 31, go through American Thanksgiving in late November and continue through Christmas and New Year's in December. In Hindu countries, the celebration of Holi, the festival of colors and Diwali, the festival of lights, go on for days at a time. Other cultures also have extended holiday seasons. So make every meal a feast of the season by setting out holiday tableware.
These settings don't have to carry the traditional motifs of the season. Any festive-looking dishes from the cupboard can serve the purpose. However, many homeowners like to collect a set of holiday dishes, so choose holiday tableware that coordinates with everyday china. That way, the holiday collection will look great from the moment it's begun. Expand the collection by purchasing new settings each year, and soon there will be a complete holiday tableware set.
Set the Mood With Candlelight
Lots of candles around the house are a quick and easy way to design for holidays. Place groups of candles in the living room, dining room, bathroom, and guest bedroom - any place to create a mood. Even if dinner consists of leftovers, dining by candlelight will make it special. If there are children in the home, always be sure an adult is present when the candles are lit. Also be sure to keep the candles away from any area rugs to avoid fires.
Arrange or Hang Seasonal Plants
Bringing nature inside the home is a beautiful way to celebrate holidays. Even in countries where Christmas comes in the summer, wreaths, swags and garlands still convey the holiday mood, just in different seasonal plants. Artificial wreaths can save money, but a fresh plant decoration with an enticing aroma can make some real Christmas memories.
Hang wreaths on all doors and front windows
If you are a creative kind of person, you can make your own wreaths using all sorts of elements around you. Pine cones, holly leaves, cinnamon barks, bows, flowers, small bags of potpourri, baubles, candy, or perhaps berries are inexpensive and you can easily find them everywhere. They also make your wreaths unique and cheerful. Unfortunately, some of the materials are not meant to be kept for long-term storage. It is great if you have artificial wreaths which can be stored and reused for future Christmases. You can redecorate them every year to get a different look.
Place ribbons in every corner of your house
Ribbons tied into bows can add a cheerful mood to your home. Tie bows on your dining chairs and table, stairways, plants inside and outside the house, silverware, or anywhere you can think of. Red and green are the basic Christmas colors, but you can use others as well. Gold, silver, as well as floral patterned ribbons work well for creating a festive ambiance. Untie the bows and store the ribbons properly after the holiday is over so that you can use them again for future celebrations.
Install colorful lights to enliven the mood
You can create a more festive mood by putting on some colorful lights, whatever your Christmas home design style is. Christmas lights come in many shapes and colors. Combine icicle lights, string lights, rope lights, garland lights, or net lights for indoor and outdoor decoration. To save the energy, choose LED lights for your home. They can save up to 90% of energy compared to conventional lighting. LED lights can be used for up to 200,000 hours, and they save you a lot of money.
Let music fill the air.
Play the Christmas CD collections on your stereo set. Although most Christmas songs might not be altered much for several decades, you can never get bored of them. Many versions of Christmas songs are available to create different moods for different occasions. Cheerful, upbeat songs are perfect for children or welcoming guests.
Creating Christmas scenes such as the Nativity or a Christmas Village on tabletops or other larger flat surfaces will draw your guests to them. You can also have "theme" areas in your home, such as Santa and his elves with a waiting sleigh and reindeer, a miniature "skating pond" using a mirror and artificial evergreen trees, or old-fashioned Christmas carolers with Christmas music playing. If you have small children or animals, you do need to be careful where you place these things, especially if they are valuable or fragile.