Clear away clutter, dust off the shelves and unearth your favorite heirlooms or traditional pieces; it’s time to celebrate the winter holidays through decorating. As you transition your home from fall to winter, focus on refreshing a little something in each room. It’s easy to make small changes, such as switching out hand towels or bedsheets.
1. Make the entrance spectacular.
The holidays are about hosting parties and welcoming guests, so add extra decorations to your front entrance. The front door can get a quick makeover with a simple wreath or bough. If you have a bannister railing in your front entrance, spruce it up with greenery or ribbon.
Pro Tip: Have a sturdy rug for wiping wet or muddy shoes. Not only will it trap dirt, but it will also help your floors stay in good condition.
2. Add a little décor to each room.
Placing small decorative touches in each room can make the entire home festive. In this bedroom, greenery and flowering amaryllis dress up the top of an armoire, while a traditional Christmas poinsettia blooms in the corner. Just a few small touches in unexpected areas of the home can help create a merry mood throughout the home.
3. Decorate the deck or patio, too.
Even the back patio or deck can get a winter redo. As we spend the winter looking outside, placing winter decorations outside our windows can bring a dressed-up touch to our outdoor spaces. These homeowners chose to make their back deck cozy for the winter by decorating the mantel and adding a warm throw blanket.
Pro tip: A crackling outdoor fire can warm you up, but keep furniture, cushions and blankets at least 3 feet from the fire.
4. Change your indoor scents.
An easy way to make your home smell like winter is to create a room atomizer. Just add five to 10 drops of your favorite holiday essential oils to a small spray bottle filled with water. In the kitchen for a long time? Place a pot of water filled with cinnamon sticks, cloves and orange peels on a low simmer, or plug in a 1.5-quart slow cooker with the water and aromatics. (But don’t leave a pot on a stove unattended.)
Pro tip: Change out your cleaning products for easy, nontoxic cleaning recipes. When cleaning floors or counters, add a few drops of pine or cinnamon oil to a mixture of vinegar and water.
5. Feature soft, illuminated light.
A holiday refresh calls for twinkling lights and candles. They cast a warm and flattering light into our rooms and add a cozy glow. Strings of holiday lights can be used all over the home, including the kitchen and bathroom. When decorating your tree, use more lights than you think you need, and place them from the trunk to the tip of the branches for the best effect.
Photo Credit: 1. NorthEnd Holiday by Minor Details / 2. Lake Oswego Tuscan by Riverland Homes / 3. Lake Oswego Tuscan by Riverland Homes / 4. NorthEnd Holiday by Minor Details / 5. NorthEnd Holiday by Minor Details