Top 10 Tips for Holiday Decorating

Are you in camp No Christmas Decorations Allowed Until After Thanksgiving, or do you start dragging out boxes of seasonal décor the moment you throw out the jack-o-lanterns? Either way, the holidays are upon us, and having a plan in place—or at the very least a few inspirational ideas—may help you rediscover your holiday mojo and actually delight in decking your halls. Take a look at our ideas for making a space merrier!

1. Set the Mood With Lighting

One of the most impactful ways to create a cozy ambiance is with lighting. Consider swapping out harsh white bulbs for warm, soft-glowing lights. Add strands of twinkling, fairy lights, and strategic candle placements for an enchanting atmosphere that captures the spirit of the season. Don’t discount the use of battery-operated candles until you’ve seen some of the newer models available, some of which flicker just like real candlelight and come with remote controls and timers. It’s hard to tell the difference!

2. Incorporate Natural Elements

Embrace the beauty of Colorado’s winter landscape by incorporating locally sourced, natural elements like pinecones, branches, and greenery in your design. Mixed with metallic accents and classic holiday hues, these elements can create a harmonious balance between nature and festivity, and many can be found in your own back yard.

3. Design With a Color Palette

Select a consistent color palette to create a cohesive, professional-looking holiday design. Stick to a classic combination of red, green, and gold, or dare to be different with cool silver, blues, and whites for a serene winter wonderland. Some designers opt to use colors taken from the room itself—whether “Christmassy” or not. A tree and mantel decorated in colors matching the sofa and window coverings makes a unique style statement.

4. Showcase Sentimental Keepsakes

Let your personal holiday memories take center stage by displaying cherished ornaments, family heirlooms, and other sentimental treasures that tell your unique holiday story. If your home is large enough to accommodate two trees, consider decorating one with sentimental ornaments and the other with a more upscale, stylized theme.

5. Dress Up Your Entryway

Your home’s entryway makes the first impression for holiday guests. Decorate it with a fragrant, fresh wreath, well-chosen lighting, and a colorful doormat that welcomes friends and family into your festive abode. Garlands swagged on the stairway handrail with swathes of jewel-toned ribbon create a cheerful welcome, as do glass ornaments hanging from chandeliers.

6. Integrate a Variety of Textures

Mix and match various textures for a luxurious, layered look. Combine knit stockings, plush throw blankets, and faux fur accents for a warm and inviting holiday atmosphere.

7. Make Use of Vertical Space

Don’t neglect your home’s vertical spaces. Hang garlands, wreaths, and cascading ornaments from ceilings, chandeliers, and stair rails to create a dynamic visual display.

8. Update Your Table Settings

Elevate your holiday dinners with updated table settings. Incorporate your chosen holiday color palette, napkin rings, and stylish charger plates to anchor your table design. Add festive stemware and sentimental place cards to personalize the experience for your guests.

9. Embrace Aromas of the Season

Captivate the senses with the scents of the holiday season. Light candles or diffuse essential oils with notes of cinnamon, vanilla, and evergreen to evoke memories and create an inviting aroma.

10. Display Collections

Collections make more of an impact when displayed together than when spread throughout a room. If you have even a few favorite snowmen, ceramic houses, or Santa Claus figurines, create an arrangement using all of them together rather than tucking one here and there.

At Sheffield Homes, we recognize the importance of celebrating the holiday season in a home that reflects your taste and values. Wishing you a joyous and memorable holiday season from our Sheffield Homes family to yours!


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