3 Tips For Decorating Your Home During The Holidays
December 7, 2016 · By Orchards Walk
It’s that time of year again! You know the one. Where we dig out those christmas boxes from storage, bring home the smell of fresh pine and cozy up by the fire over hot cocoa. Aside from the usual decorations, why not try something new this year to spruce up your home holiday decor? Here are 3 easy tips when designing your living space for the christmas season.
1. Choose a colour palette
One of the easiest mistakes to fall into is buying decorations without a plan. Sure, it seems like a good idea at the time because you really like that item, but a smart decorator will identify if that goes with the overall “theme” they’re after. “How do I create a theme” you may ask? Start with colour. Choosing 2-3 colours that will compliment each other and your existing home decor style is the easiest place to start designing your holiday theme. A general rule of thumb is choose a bright (red, green, blue, pink, purple), a metallic (gold, silver), and a neutral (white, grey, cream).
For a classic look, avoid pairing too many brights or metallics in one space. Metallics like gold and silver are always good investments as they are timeless and can be paired with almost any of the brights. Neutrals are like your secret weapon – they are great technique for adding more without overwhelming your space and avoids clashing. Pick your 3 palette swatches ahead of time for easy decorating and shopping!
2. Compliment with textures
Paying attention to your existing home decor is essential for tying in your holiday items. Is your style modern? Rustic? Shabby chic? Contemporary? French colonial? After you identify your design style, make note of what textures are most commonly found in your home. For example if you have a large rustic wooden dining table, using wood textures in your decor items (perhaps a wreath or “countdown until christmas” blocks) in the same or adjacent space will help bring everything together. If your home is more modern, consider decorations with smoother lines and simple textures.
3. Keep it simple
We’ve all been to that one person’s house during the holidays and thought, “did christmas explode all over this living room?”. There’s a giant santa in the corner, stuffed animals by the fireplace, a tree with popcorn strings, candles in every colour of the christmas rainbow, and much, much more. Cluttering your space with absolutely every decoration you have will not only make it feel small, it will also feel tacky and not quite put together. Think about your main entertaining areas – the kitchen, the living room, the dining room. Now choose 3 places within those spaces to decorate. You may want to put away some of your regular decorations to allow for the holiday ones to avoid clutter. Less is more when it comes to creating a polished holiday look, or as Leonardo da Vinci said it best “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”.