In Part Two of our Perfect Holiday Season Series, we’re offering you some easy-peasy Christmas decorating ideas and clever home accents to help you make your house a cozy place to spend your December. If you missed Part One, you can read it here.
For many of us, Christmas is the busiest time of year. We find ourselves rushing in and out of shopping malls, making appearances at multiple holiday events, and visiting one relative after another. Home becomes a place to sleep and shower in between activities, making any holiday decorating seem superfluous. What’s the point of decking the halls when you’re just going to run in, grab a jacket, and run out again?
Although holiday decor may be the last thing you’re thinking about right now, keep in mind that the atmosphere you create in your living space sets the tone for the entire holiday season. Your house is not only the place you’ll entertain; it’s where you’ll return after every gathering, shopping excursion, and errand. It’s the place where you’ll recuperate from each day’s stressors and find solace in a quiet cup of tea, perhaps a few pages of a book. For the sake of your sanity, it should be a place that makes you look forward to going home.
The upcoming hustle and bustle of the holidays makes it all the more important to start thinking about your decor as soon as possible. A cheerless living space will only increase the stress of the season, magnifying the weight of each task. Conversely, a pleasant, well-decorated home will promote a more positive attitude as you check everything off your Christmas list.
Don’t feel like you need to turn your home into something out of an extravagant spread in an interior design magazine. There are plenty of easy, affordable ways to brighten up your home for the holidays. With a few simple yet effective touches, you’ll have your place looking cozy and cheerful in no time.
Here are some Christmas decorating tips from ArtPix 3D.
Tip #1: Pick a Christmas color palette.
The most difficult part of decorating for the holidays is knowing where to start. A great way to narrow down your options from the get-go is to select a color palette. This will help you hone in on the mood you’re trying to create; for example, a red and green color palette may inspire you to adopt a festive and traditional look, while a white and gold palette may have you shopping for more subdued and modern decorations.
Whatever Christmas colors you choose, consistency will not only make your life easier, but it will also give your home decor a polished, professional appearance.
Tip #2: Christmas ornaments aren’t just for the tree.
Nothing says Christmas like the glimmer of red and gold glass ornaments hung carefully from the tree. However, you can use these versatile decorations to add a little Christmas cheer almost anywhere in your home. They’re inexpensive and easy to find both in stores and online, which means that you can collect enough to deck out your whole house in colorful glass baubles. Try giving your chandelier a festive makeover, as suggested in this post by Aunt Peaches. You can also turn your holiday ornaments into a charming centerpiece by placing them in a glass container and putting it on display, a decor idea from Traditional Home.
Tip #3: Decorate your nightstand.
When decorating your home for the holidays, it’s tempting to ignore rooms that won’t be seen by guests. However, part of the point here is to create a pleasant space for yourself throughout the holiday season. That means bringing some holiday cheer into your bedroom, even if you’re the only one who’s going to enjoy it. Place a holiday-scented candle, a bit of festive greenery, or a Christmas-themed vanity tray on your bedside table. It’ll make you smile when you wake up each morning, fortifying you against the busy day ahead.
Tip #4: Dress it up with a scarf!
Nothing brightens up a room like a splash of color. Table runners are a simple way to liven up the tables and shelves in your living space, but it can be expensive and time consuming to find an elegant set that matches. An easier, more affordable solution is to decorate these surfaces with an assortment of mismatched but complementary plaid scarves. This creates a cozier, more lived-in look. Plus, you can find cheap plaid scarves at a wide variety of stores. If you’re interested in trying this tip for yourself or wondering about other ways to incorporate this multi-purpose accessory into your home decorating, check out this post from City Farmhouse.
Tip #5: Display your Christmas albums.
Part of what makes Christmas the most wonderful time of the year for so many of us is creating a festive soundtrack with our favorite holiday tunes. Whether you prefer traditional Christmas carols, jazz classics, or rock covers, show off your music taste this holiday season by putting your favorite Christmas albums on display. If you have vinyl records, take advantage of their creative cover artwork and line them up along your shelves or mantel. You can also decorate with CDs if that’s what you have. Looking to expand your Christmas music collection this year? This article from Rolling Stone has some great suggestions.
Tip #6: Ribbons and Bows
If you’re looking for simple ways to spruce up your home for the holidays, you’re knot going to want to skip this ingenious decorating trick. (See what we did there?) Spools of ribbon are inexpensive and easy to find in an expansive variety of colors and patterns. Plus, they can be fastened to almost anything inside or outside your house for an instant dash of Christmas cheer.
Tip #7: Light it up!
In many parts of the world, the only downside to the holiday season is that it coincides with winter’s extended darkness. Incorporating lots of bright lights in your Christmas decor can help you create an uplifting atmosphere in your home. Hang Christmas lights all around the house, and get a few strings of battery operated lights to brighten up shelves and table dressings. If you happen to have a 3D photo crystal from ArtPix 3D, we recommend displaying it in a prominent place with a light base to beautifully illuminate the engraving within. For inspiration, check out our shop.
Tip #8: Ugly Sweater, Beautiful Decor
Christmas sweaters are notoriously tacky, which can be a plus in some situations. One of those situations is when you’re looking for creative home accents for the holidays. Hanging a collection of colorful Christmas sweaters on a laundry line is a fun and festive way to liven up your decor with some holiday humor. You can also use ugly sweaters as tree skirts, table decorations, or couch accessories.
Tip #9: Gift Tags
No one can resist the charm of rustic Christmas decorations. A crafty trick that will add a lot of personality to your holiday decor is to hang cute gift tags around your home. It’s easy to find inexpensive gift tags with adorable designs in stores or online. If you’re feeling ambitious this year, you could even make your own!
Tip #10: Wrap It Up!
Yes, literally! Wrapping paper is colorful and festive enough to decorate your Christmas gifts, so why not use it to decorate the rest of your house, too? Turn plain-looking home items into holiday centerpieces by covering them in Christmas wrapping paper. This decorating tip can be used to liven up almost any space without damaging it; simply wrap your flower pots, lamps, and other everyday home accents as you would wrap a present. Just be sure that your guests don’t get confused between your decorated home items and their gifts!
Now that we’ve covered these useful tips and tricks to help you simplify your Christmas decorating, it’s time to get started! Here are some great, easy-to-use tools and products that will make your home look effortlessly stunning this holiday season.
A Light Curtain
There’s nothing quite like the warm glow of Christmas lights during the holidays. Gorgeously illuminate any room in your house with this Twinkle Star 300 LED Window Curtain from Amazon. You can hang it alongside your curtains, drape it against a blank wall, or affix it to a door frame for an enchanting entryway.
Small details go a long way toward making your home cozy for the holidays. This Pink and White Lollipop Pick from Michael’s is a simple Christmas decoration that highlights the sweetness of the season. It can easily be added to a bouquet, displayed in a glass container, or even incorporated into a potted plant to make it extra festive.
One of the easiest ways to decorate during the holiday season is to strategically place a few statement decor pieces around the house. Investing in some decorative centerpieces will help you turn a plain space into a Christmas fantasy. This Vintage Milk Jug centerpiece from Wayfair blends holiday elegance and rustic charm, bringing a pop of color and some holiday cheer into your home.
A 3D Crystal Iceberg
If you’re looking for a unique Christmas centerpiece to brighten up your home this holiday season, Art Pix 3D has you covered. Our 3D Crystal Iceberg beautifully showcases your favorite photos in elegant crystal art that evokes winter’s glacial beauty. Illuminate this custom made crystal with a light base for stunning Christmas art that will steal the show.
A simple, cozy way to decorate a bedroom or guest room for the holidays is to add some festive quilts and blankets. This Reversible Quilt Set from Wayfair incorporates classic Christmas colors and prancing reindeer into an adorable design that makes any space merry and bright. You can also use it as a throw blanket to cuddle up with on the living room couch.
If the holiday season has you rushing around on a strict schedule, you’re going to want to maximize your home for comfort to help you relax at the end of each day. Stocking up on holiday pillows and pillowcases will not only make your sofas and chairs extra comfy but extra festive as well! This Merry Lumbar Pillow Cover from Pottery Barn turns an ordinary pillow into a tasteful Christmas decor piece that goes with any furniture.
The snow outside may be cold and disagreeable, but this snowflake-shaped Winter Coaster Set from Etsy is a delightful decor piece that protects your table while you warm up with some hot cocoa. It’s perfect for entertaining guests or just enjoying a holiday beverage on a chilly night.
Tiered Cake Stand
If you’re entertaining this holiday season, odds are you’ve put a lot of effort into creating a delicious Christmas menu for your guests. Give your holiday treats the presentation they deserve by serving them on this festive Twas the Night 3-Tiered Stand from Williams Sonoma. As the snacks disappear throughout the evening, they’ll reveal a delightful illustration of Santa and his reindeer.
If you’re looking to add a little old-world charm to your Christmas decorations this year, try hanging up some vintage postcards around the house. This book of Old-Fashioned Christmas Postcards from Amazon is full of unique vintage illustrations that are easy to pop out and display on your refrigerator, mantelpiece, or even your Christmas tree.
If you want to make your Christmas decor sparkle this holiday season, confetti makes a great finishing touch. This Christmas Confetti Decoration Set from Amazon is full of festive shapes that you can sprinkle on any flat surface in your home for an extra dash of holiday cheer.
We hope these simple tips, tricks, and home accents inspire you to get creative as you decorate your living space this holiday season. Stay tuned for the next post in our Perfect Holiday Season Blog Series; it’s all about stocking stuffers! Until then, you can find great ideas for Christmas gifts, holiday photos, and more from ArtPix 3D here.