Christmas is about warmth and welcoming, and nothing says “hello holidays” quite like a festively decorated home. Every surface is a new opportunity for decorations – a plain fireplace transforms in the presence of garlands and candles, and a plain old door becomes a winter wonderland with a wreath of berries and boughs. Open the door, and the scene is set with scented pastries and candied fruits, while a Christmas tree twinkles in the background. What guest wouldn’t like to arrive at a scene like this? Simultaneously, it can seem like a tall order, but help is at hand. Let’s see how you can make your home Christmas-ready!
Start with what you already have
There is no rule that Christmas decor can only ever be green and red. Any colour scheme can work, as long as you create a cohesive theme, your look will be solid.
Many people are already in possession of Christmas tree decorations and ornaments that they have collected over the years, and by all means, waste not, want not – if you already have them, use them!
But if you are hoping to create a new look for your Christmas tree, you can still use what you have. How? A lick of paint and a few embellishments are the quickest way to get a brand-new look out of what you own right now.
If you are starting your collection afresh, you will have to decide whether you prefer shiny ornaments or a more matte finish. This totally comes down to personal taste and preference. Many people find very shiny ornaments a bit gaudy, and opt for matte to create a more subdued festive look.
Take it up a notch with metallics
There are very few decor schemes that are not improved by the addition of metallics. Silver and gold remain popular, which includes their sub-categories, like rose gold and platinum. Metallics are the ideal way to elevate an otherwise basic look to new heights!
Don’t be scared to mix colours and textures to create your own palette. Experimentation is key, and you will be surprised at how much you will discover simply by trying out different shades and combinations in building your colour palette.
There has to be light!
Christmas lights on a Christmas tree go without saying, but do you really know your LED from your incandescent?
LED has become a more popular choice in recent years due to its energy-saving capability, but there are even more great reasons to opt for LED. Firstly, your connection capacity is far greater. Because they use relatively little power, you can expand the number of strings in your display without causing a significant overload on the source, where incandescent lights use far more power, which limits the expansion of a system of that type. To give you an idea, you can connect nearly ten times as many LED strings as incandescent ones!
They also last far longer than incandescent lights do, outlasting that type by approximately three seasons! This makes LED by far the best choice for Christmas tree decorations – they are safe, as they do not heat up as much as incandescent lights, their colour is much more vivid, and their running costs are up to 90% less.
Keep an eye on the overall appearance
And this is not just for the tree, it applies to the entire decorating process. It is easy to micro fixate on one aspect when you get really into something. The best advice is to step back often and look at the overall progress. Adjust things as you go to ensure that all is equally balanced and distributed across the areas you are decorating.
A bit of imperfection in your decorations will create visual interest and charm. Cookie-cutter perfection is boring to look at, so don’t stress too much about creating symmetry. A Christmas display should have soul, and this is why handmade items work so well for Christmas tree decorations.
Then add the rest
Once the lights are up, the rest of the decor can follow – and this is true for the tree and the house alike. Your choice of decoration will be up to you, based on what you like (or not!). When making use of ribbons and garlands, don’t underestimate the value of some thin wire to help your decorative creations keep their shape!