Nothing can spark those nostalgic and fuzzy holiday feelings more than a warm, well-decorated home. From Christmas wreaths adorned with ribbons and ornaments on the front door to the festive displays and string lights sprinkled throughout your living room, there’s no shortage of ways to capture the magic of the season. Here are a few ideas.
1. Choose a Theme
Starting with a theme can be a great way to frame the inviting atmosphere you wish to create. You can stick with traditional ones including a winter wonderland or a theme with a red and green palette. Experimenting with various colors and textures is also warranted.
2. Have the Right Décor
When it comes to decorating for the holiday season, certain items are a must-have. Ornaments, lights, and wreaths are obvious staples of a festive home. But here are other items, accessories, and ideas that you’ll need to add to your list, according to American Freight:
- Window Dressings: your window can turn into a festive display with string lights, wreaths, and hanging ornaments
- Staircase Garland: to stir a sense of majesty among visitors traveling up and down the stairs, wrap the railings in garland, lights, ribbons, and baubles
- Festive Tablescapes: themed tablecloths, runners, and centerpieces are great for adding to the intimacy of a holiday dinner
- Holiday Vignettes: miniature trees, snow globes, nutcrackers, and other vignettes are simple additions to spaces in your home that need more of a yuletide feel
- Outdoor Décor: make a great first impression with holiday-themed doormats and vibrant lights along your roof
3. “Cozify” Your Living Room
Your living room is a space that is likely to capture the holiday spirit the most, not only because it’s typically where festive trees and decorations are placed but because of how it’s arranged. To create a welcoming environment for guests, you’ll need to move sofas and chairs to encourage conversation, bringing in additional ones if you need to. A small station for holiday treats, coffee, or hot cocoa is also a great way to set the mood.
4. Modify Your Entryway
Your entryway is the first thing visitors see when they enter your home, so it’s important to make a good impression. Make sure they have a place to put their shoes, hang up their coats, and set down other items they might have with them. Storage baskets, small rugs, and shoe racks should do the trick.
5. Keep Your Home Toasty
A warm home is vital to celebrating the holidays comfortably and there are several ways to do it. According to Better Homes & Gardens, permanent measures include installing new windows and checking your attic’s insulation. Quicker and more inexpensive ways include purchasing door draft stoppers or letting the sun’s warmth in when the sky is clear and blue. You also might consider installing a programmable thermostat, making sure heating vents are open sealing your windows, and even turning on the oven to bake some treats.