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Decorating your home for the holidays

‘Tis the season for holiday lights and decorations. If you are hosting a festive meal during the holidays, you will want to have your home decorated in a warm and inviting way. We have a few holiday decorating tips to make your holidays merry and bright.

Stick to a simple and festive colour palate

For a consistent and cohesive look, choose one or two festive accent colours, or two shades of the same colour, and find simple ways to tie them in to your existing décor. You can accomplish this with ribbons, winter flower displays, patterned pillows, cozy blankets and Christmas stockings. If you’d like to stick to the traditional red and green, try incorporating different hues in the same colour family for an elevated and modern look.

Bring in the warm and the cozy

To turn your home into a warm and inviting haven, try lighting a Christmas scented candle and using warm, dim lighting. You can also replace your lightweight linens with chunky textures, such as knits of velvets, and decorate with warm, fleece throw blankets to keep your guests warm. Rearrange your furniture to face the Christmas tree or fireplace to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere during the holiday season.

Put extra ornaments to good use

Over the years, people can collect more Christmas ornaments than one tree can hold. Instead of cramming them all onto your tree, try using them as tasteful decorations in your home. Place brightly coloured balls in a large apothecary jars of different heights around the house. You can also stack shiny ornaments in a bowl with boughs of evergreen, pinecones and a white string of lights for a beautiful centerpiece. As a decorative window treatment, attach a faux green garland to the top of a windowpane and attach extra ornaments.

Incorporate natural fragrant greenery

The smell of the outdoors can set a festive, wintry mood. Try decorating your holiday table with boxwood cuttings, evergreen sprigs or a poinsettia for texture, colour and fragrance. Attach fresh holly sprigs and magnolia leaves to napkin rings for a sophisticated table setting. Holiday candles can also help set the mood. Why not give a fir-scented candle a try?

Store bought is fine

It is not always essential to have a real tree. Store bought accessories and faux greenery can be perfectly acceptable. Try dressing up your stairway banister with a simple, store-bought garland and weave in some ribbon. Add another across a doorway, mantel or bookshelf and decorate it with holiday cards and photographs. If you would like to add some pizazz, you can upgrade your store-bought wreath with a bow and inexpensive decorations.

By following these simple decorating tips, your home will be beautifully adorned for the holidays.

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