Deck the Hall Decorating 101 - The Great Room

Deck the Hall Decorating 101

It’s that time of year again and thoughts are getting warm, fuzzy and festive and you want your home to share those feelings. The goal is to create an inviting place for friends and family to enjoy the holidays. Sit back, relax and think before adorning that hall, wall, window or whatever. If a professional holiday decorator is not an option, here’s an opportunity to show off your decorating talents. Think about two things before randomly setting out any holiday stuff: your décor and color schemes.

First of all, consider your home décor.

Is it sleek, modern and minimalistic? You may want to restrain your decorating frenzy and keep that minimal as well. A few strategically placed pieces may be all you need. Large wood block letters that spell a one word holiday greeting on a mantel or shelf accompanied by a grouping of candles might be enough. Decorate a small, skinny artificial tree with simple ornaments. Hang a pine branch on a wall hung with cut out stars made from heavy craft paper. The simpler the decoration, the more impact it will have.

Is your home cottage or country, or craftsman style? These homes can become even more charming with rustic or vintage styled decorations. Inexpensive flea market finds can be dressed up and set out. Even plain ol’ mason jars filled with holiday candies, ornaments or fruit and nuts then wrapped with a ribbon can bring out the holiday cheer. Make your own ornaments from paper, felt, popsicle sticks or whatever floats your boat.

A traditional formal home can be overdone with lots of glamour and glitz. Think lots of shiny, sparkly ornaments on your tree and on your mantel with some pine branches and ribbons, even on evergreen garlands draped along your staircase banister. Chandeliers and wall sconces can be given the same treatment. Instead of evergreens, use vines of ivy with arrangements of citrus fruits and nuts. Arrange ribbons and greenery around mirrors or swags on a window. Add a string of battery operated LED string lights for some extra pizzazz.

Next think about the color palette of your room.

Is there a color that pops out? Find ornaments that match or compliment. For a neutral color scheme with tones of gray, taupe, white or cream add silver or gold decorations for a glitzy yet understated look. A new color can be added to a room simply by changing out throw pillows and match your decorations to the new color. You can go with the classic reds and greens or do a nontraditional color. A white Christmas tree with pops of bright cobalt blue or hot pink ornaments in a white on white room can be a fun temporary change. Vivid orange or yellow ornaments would bring a gray on gray room to life for the holidays. Another easy trick, coordinate your gift wrap to the colors of your decorations.

Think outside of the holiday gift box!

Give your home decorations a theme. There are countless to choose from. Whether it’s a winter wonderland, gingerbread men and candy canes, displaying a Santa or nutcracker collection, your theme can stay in one room or spread throughout your home.

There are so many easy and inexpensive things you can do to bring in holiday spirit. Set a large decorative bowl on your coffee table and add ornaments and pinecones. Your beautiful Christmas cards shouldn’t be hidden away. Display them on a wall in the shape of a tree using tape that won’t damage the painted surface. Spray bare tree branches and pinecones with silver or gold paint or spray on snow displayed in a clear vase filled with shiny ornaments. Your wrapping paper can be your holiday decoration. Keep it simple with craft paper tied with sprigs of greenery with burlap ribbon. Wrap up small boxes in glitzy foiled paper tied with satin or velvet ribbons and set out on side tables. You can even wrap the table itself up like a gift using wide ribbons and large bows. Make garlands or banners spelling out holiday greetings. Get the kids involved and keep them busy with a craft project. Origami bird ornaments, paper chains, cut out snowflakes, or other paper crafts are just a few activities children will enjoy.

Do something different with your Christmas tree. Add faux flowers like magnolias or poinsettias. Spray paint the tree in an unusual color. Keep it natural with decorations made from nature like pine cones, seed pods, nuts and feathers. Adorn it with edible ornaments like cookies or pomander balls of oranges studded with whole cloves and popcorn garlands. Use giant ornaments to bring out the holiday cheer, or keep it personal with photo ornaments.

Don’t forget to adorn your dining area. Remember to keep your theme and color scheme in mind then go as simplistic or ornate as the rest of your decorations. One easy idea is to make boughs of fragrant herbs, coniferous greens and berries tied with festive ribbons for your table decorations. Use small ones for napkin rings, tie larger ones to the back of your chairs and weave greenery around your chandelier. Make a centerpiece with greens, small wrapped packages or miniature poinsettias; add votive candles or battery operated fairy lights. However you deck out the table, the idea is to create a mood for a wonderful dining experience.

Have fun with your holiday decorating and remember the main mission and that is to create a magical, festive space for your family and guests, make wonderful memories of your time together and most importantly show your love for them.

Happy holidays from the Blindsaver family!

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