You don’t have to be a fancy interior decorator to make your home festive for the holidays. A few touches here and there and some personal flare will make your home feel warm and bright this season. Today we’re sharing 14 simple ways to make your home festive for the holidays.
String Twinkle Lights Indoors: Lighting up the outside of your home is lovely but you spend most of your time inside. String holiday lights around banisters, your fireplace or other family spaces where you gather often to brighten your indoor décor.
Change your Linens: Make everyone’s beds with holiday sheets during December. If you’re so inclined, use holiday quilts or comforters as well. Alternatively, simply add a decorative holiday pillow to the mix for a more festive bedroom feel.
Countdown to the Holidays: Buy or make a countdown to the holidays display such as an advent calendar. This is a fun way to get everyone in your family excited for the approaching holidays.
Fill your Home with Holiday Scents: Holiday spiced candles fill your home and nose with beautiful festive scents. Or use fresh spices by tying ribbon around cinnamon sticks or creating satin bags with holiday spices including nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and ginger.
Bake your Favorite Holiday Treats: Another way to make your home smell like the holidays is by baking. Create a baking list and tackle new recipes as a family every few days. This is a delicious way to get into the holiday spirit!
Wishes Wreath: Encourage everyone in your family to write down wishes on small cards. Then create a wreath using everyone’s holiday wishes that you can display prominently in your home.
Play Holiday Music: Nothing makes you feel the holidays from head-to-toe and in your soul than some good holiday tunes. Fill your home with festive music and dance your way through December.
Frame your Doorways: Welcome the holidays by framing your doorways using holy, garland, paper chains, popcorn strings or anything that strikes your fancy. As you enter each new room you’ll feel the warmth of the season.
Use Holiday Table Settings: From flatware and glasses, to plates and placemats, keep your home feeling festive with seasonal table settings. Add a warm centerpiece and every meal will feel like a holiday meal.
Display Holiday Cards: Share the cheer that others send by displaying the holiday cards you receive. You can pin them to a bulletin board, clip them to a string or prop them along your mantle so you’ll get a glimpse of them throughout the season.
Decorate your Plants: If you’re not into having a big Christmas tree, decorate your house plants with small ornaments, candy canes and lights. This is also a fun way for each member of your household to have their own “pallet” to decorate as they please.
Make Holiday Crafts: Get crafty as a family and fill your home with your creations. Challenge your kids with different arts supplies and encourage them to decorate to each space you want to fill.
Serve Holiday Accessories: Another simple way to make your home festive for the holidays is by placing holiday accessories in dishes, vases or glasses throughout your home. You can use ornaments, garland, holly, tinsel, tissue paper, candies or any other holiday-themed items.
Display your Presents: Once your presents are wrapped, leave them out for everyone to see. This way you can build anticipation for gift-giving and receiving and decorate your home.
We hope you enjoy these simple ways to make our home festive for the holidays! From our family to yours, Happy Holidays!
Sources: Real Simple, Interior Decorating About.com, and The Inspired Room