Accessorizing your home for the holidays doesn’t need to be a chore. While advertisements often stress the importance of having matched sets of Christmas decorations spread throughout your home, a better solution is to create small vignettes of Christmas decor. This allows you to explore slightly different aesthetics in varying areas of your home. It also ensures that you can use items that you already have without having them look out of place.
Start at the Front
The front door is often the most important part of any exterior Christmas decoration plan, but keep decorations in this area simple for best results. If you like the traditional look, take your cue from the Christmas decorations spotted in old New England homes. Most of these homeowners hang a freshly cut wreath on the door and aim a spotlight at the door. This method highlights the wreath but also provides extra light for holiday guests.
Many different religious groups use candles to celebrate the holiday season. If you belong to a religious group that uses ceremonial candles, highlight them in a prominent place. If you’d like to keep the decor more secular, try heavy white pillar candles on a bed of garland and pine cones.
Single Out Ornaments
Special ornaments can often get lost on a tree. Try picking out a few of your favorite ornaments and suspending them with fishing line from the ceiling to hang in front of a window or over a table for some simple accessorizing in an empty space.
Pick Everyday Objects in Festive Colors
Red or green towels in the bathroom or red glassware in the kitchen is an easy way to accessorizing for the holidays without descending into a kitschy Santa Claus and reindeer. This works particularly well for homes that already have a very minimalist decor.
Buy Fresh Garland
Even if you purchase an artificial Christmas tree, you should strongly consider live garland. The smell of pine or another evergreen is better than any scented candle. Better yet, this holiday accessory can be discarded with no regrets after the holidays are through. Most towns will allow you to bring your garland and live Christmas tree to special waste stations after the holidays are over to be made into mulch.
Think About Edible Decorations
Gingerbread cookies and candy canes are hallmarks of the holiday season. Be sure to hang these treats in unexpected areas in your home. Also consider seasonal candies in bowls throughout the house to encourage holiday guests to help themselves.