Tips for Decorating Your Home for the Holidays

Posted: November, 20, 2023 | Categories: Buyer Resources | Lifestyle | By Melanie Fonville

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Decorating your home for the holidays can be a fun and festive way to get into the holiday spirit. No matter the holiday, here are some general tips to help you create a warm and festive atmosphere in your home:


Clean and Declutter

Before you start decorating, it's a good idea to clean and declutter your space to provide a clean canvas for your holiday decor. Swap out some of your year-round decorative elements with holiday versions so as to not clutter up your space with additional items. 


Plan and Theme

Establish a theme or color scheme. This will help create a cohesive and appealing look throughout your home.


Gather Supplies

Make a list of the decorations and supplies you'll need. This is a good time to sort through your old decorations and determine what needs to be replaced or mended. You may also need craft supplies for DIY decorations.


Focus on Key Areas

Start by decorating key areas of your home, such as the front door, the living room, the dining room, and the kitchen. These are often the spaces where you'll entertain guests.

Ideas for Key Areas  

  • Outdoor and Entryway: Decorate your home or fence with outdoor lights and put out a lawn decoration or two. Many landscapers offer permanent light installation. Greet your guests with a festive wreath or a seasonal doormat and consider adding luminaries to create a welcoming entrance. 
  • Fireplace Mantel: Decorate your fireplace mantel with garlands, stockings, or candles. You can also place holiday-themed decor on the mantel, like figurines or framed holiday art.
  • Staircase Banister: A great place to hang garlands and really make an impression when guests walk through the front entrance. 
  • Table Settings: Set a festive table with holiday-themed dinnerware, tablecloths, and centerpieces. Consider using candles, napkin rings, and place cards to add extra elegance.
  • Window Decor: Add window clings, snowflakes, or wreaths to your windows, or place a single candle in every window for that classic New England look. 


DIY Decorations

Get creative with DIY projects. Make your own ornaments, wreaths, and holiday crafts to add a personal touch to your decor. This can be a great activity to do with the whole family. 


Holiday Scents

Take your decorating up a notch by using scented candles, potpourri, or essential oils to infuse your home with the scents of the season, such as pine, cinnamon, or gingerbread. 


Enjoy the Process

Most importantly, have fun while decorating and involve family and friends if possible. It's a great way to spend quality time together and create lasting memories.


Whether you prefer a classic, minimalist, or over-the-top holiday look, the key is to create a space that makes you and your guests feel the joy and warmth of the season.



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