Tips for Decorating Your New Home for the Holidays

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” — Norman Vincent Peale

More people than ever will be staying home this holiday season as traveling isn’t an option for many.  For that reason, making your home as festive and fun as possible this holiday season is more important than ever!  Here are some simple holiday decorating tips to make the most out of your new home this year! 

Stick to a festive yet simple color palette.  For a consistent and cohesive look, choose one or two festive accent colors or shades and find simple ways to tie them in with your existing decor. You can accomplish this with ribbons, winter flowers, scented candles, patterned pillows, cozy blankets and Christmas stockings.  This is an inexpensive way to create a festive feel without breaking the bank; especially if you’ve recently purchased new furnishings and décor for your new home!

Baby it’s cold outside!  So, bring in all things warm and cozy!  To turn your home into a cozy and inviting refuge try burning wood-scented candles and using warm, dim lighting. For a larger makeover, replace your lightweight linens with chunky textures, such as knits and velvets, and gather fleece throw blankets to keep guests warm. Consider rearranging your furniture to face your Christmas tree or fireplace to create a warm and welcoming gathering spot for winter entertaining.

Over time, most people collect more ornaments than a single tree could possibly hold. Instead of cramming them all on your tree or packing them away indefinitely, place those bright-colored balls and bulbs in clear hurricane glasses and apothecary jars of different heights around the house. You can even stack extra shiny and colorful ornaments in a bowl, cake stand or serving dish with boughs of evergreen, pine cones and white string lights for a simple centerpiece using items you already own. Want an easy and decorative holiday window treatment? Attach a faux green garland to the top of your window pane and tie extra ornaments to it with ribbon in varying lengths. 

We are willing to bet that almost everyone can associate the smells of Christmas to a fond holiday memory.  Why not incorporate that into your new home’s Christmas appeal?   The smell of the outdoors always sets a festive, wintry mood. Try adorning your holiday table with a variety of boxwood cuttings, evergreen sprigs and fresh-cut white hydrangeas to add texture, color and fragrance. You can also attach fresh holly and magnolia leaves to napkin rings or place cards for a green and sophisticated touch. Don’t have time for a nature walk? Set the mood with a Frasier fir-scented candle!  There is nothing like settling in to your new home during the holidays especially when it looks, feels and smells as festive as yours will!

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