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December 1, 2016

 

How To Decorate Your Home For Christmas

Do you love Christmas? Are you interested in spicing up your room for the holidays this season? Well then this article is just perfect for you! Read below to find out how to decorate your room for Christmas! There are three ways you can simply and effectively do this; 

 

Method 1 - Adding Trees, Lights & Garlands.

  • Add a Christmas tree. Christmas trees come in all shapes and sizes, but a smaller one might look more proportionate in a bedroom. You might also want to get a fake tree as opposed to a real one. They are less likely to shed leaves and do not need to be watered.


  • Add a small craft tree if you have some desk or shelf space. Art and crafts stores often sell mini versions of Christmas trees, ranging between 8 and 12 inches (20.32 and 30.48 centimetres). You will also find mini lights and ornaments in the same area.


  • Get a 2 to 4 foot (0.61 to 1.22 meters) tall tree if you have a larger room or not a lot of furniture. You can stand the tree on a small table, a stool, or even a crate to give it extra height.


  • Get a "pencil" tree if you have a small room or a lot of furniture. Pencil trees can range from 3 to 9 feet (0.92 to 2.74 meters) tall, but they can be as narrow as 8 or 20 inches (20.32 or 50.8 centimetres). They don't take up a lot of space width-wise, and are perfect for corners.


  • If you yearn for that pine-scent, consider hiding a few real pine branches in your tree. You can also use a pine-scented spray as well.


  • Hang pine branches if you don't have room from a tree. If you don't have much floor space, you can hang pine branches from the ceiling in the corner of your room. You can also dress up these branches with mini battery-operated Christmas lights, tinsel, and ornaments. It might be a good idea to use plastic ornaments instead of glass ones, however.
     

  • Make sure to thoroughly rinse the branches so you don't bring home any insects.
     

  • Drape some pine garlands around your room. You can even decorate the garland with mini battery-operated Christmas lights, tinsel, and ornaments. Great places to hang such garlands include above your bed, over your window, around your ceiling, and draped over your bookshelves.


  • Decorate your tree, pine branches, and pine garlands. Find some ornaments, lights, beaded garlands, and tinsel. Drape these around your tree, pine branches, or pine garland. If you are hanging your branches or garlands, consider using plastic ornaments instead of glass ones.


  • Mini Christmas ornaments might look better on pine garlands. You can find them in art and crafts stores, in the same section that sells mini/craft Christmas trees.


  • If your tree is less than 3 feet (0.92 meters) tall, use mini battery-operated Christmas lights. The plug-in lights might be too long for smaller trees.


  • Hang up some tinsel. If you can't find any (or don't like) pin garlands, you can hang up some tinsel garlands instead. Great places to hang them include above windows and around ceilings. If you use tape to hang the garlands up, be sure to use clear tape. It will be less visible.


  • Put up some Christmas lights. Great places to hang up lights include above your bed, over your shelves, and around your window. You can get ones that plug into an outlet or battery-operated ones. If you use tape to hang up your lights, try to use clear; it will be less visible on your wall.


  • If your room has white walls, try to get Christmas lights with white wires instead of the traditional green ones. They will blend into your walls better and clash less.


  • Unless you are putting them up in your window, avoid getting blinking or flashing lights; those can be very distracting after a while.


  • Consider matching the lights to your room and decorations. For example, if your room has a lot of cool colours, try getting blue or clear lights. If your room has a lot of warm colours, try getting white or multi-coloured lights.


  • Consider putting "icicle" style lights in your window.

    Method 2 - Bringing The Festive In


  • Switch out curtains, blankets, bedspreads, and pillowcases. You don't need to use curtains with Santa’s and snowmen on them, but red ones might look more festive than pink ones. Here are a few ideas to get your started:


  • Use colours such as red or green. Darker shades might look better than brighter ones.


  • For a rustic cabin feel, switch out your throw or blanket for a cosy quilt or sweater/knitted blanket. Anything made from plaid flannel will also work.


  • Make an easy sweater pillow by slipping a square-shaped pillow inside a bulky sweater and tying the sleeves in the back.


  • Buy scented candles, wax melts, or potpourri. If you can't put up a lot of decorations, you can still make your room feel more festive by bringing in scented candles, wax melts, or potpourri. You don't even have to light candles; many scented candles are potent enough on their own. If you are getting candles, consider displaying three different-sized ones on a red, green, gold, or silver candle charger/plate. Listed below are a few Christmas scents:


  • * Gingerbread
    * Peppermint and Candy Cane
    * Winter Wonderland
    * Fireplace
    * Pine, Spruce, Balsam, and Cedar


  • Bring out snow globes, nutcrackers, and figurines. Shelves, dressers, and desks are great for displaying trinkets such as snow globes, nutcrackers, and figurines. If you already have some on your shelves, consider switching them out for Christmassy ones instead. Here are a few ideas to get you started:


  • If you like nature, put up some pine tree or reindeer figurines.


  • If you are religious, put up figurines related to the Nativity.


  • If you like the classical look put up a snowman, a Santa Clause, or even a nutcracker.


  • If you don't want to put away any of your existing decorations, consider decorating them instead. For example, if you have a figurine of a cat, try putting a little Santa hat on it.

 


  • Hang some decorations from your window, shelves, or walls. If you don't have a lot of room for a tree, you can hang small decorations using thread or clear thread/fishing line instead. Here are some ideas to get you started:


  • Candy canes and jingle bells can be slung over doorknobs or strung from ribbon.


  • Christmas cards can be clipped to yarn, jute cord, or ribbon using wooden clothes pins.


  • Christmas stockings can be tacked to your wall using nails or thumbtacks/pushpins.


  • Ornaments, plastic icicles, and snowflakes (plastic or paper) can be suspended from thread. They'll look delightful against a wall or window.


  • Set up a Nativity or Christmas Village scene. If you like to collect things, setting up a Nativity or Christmas Village scene on your desk or dresser can be just the thing for you. You'll have lots of fun buying figurines and arranging them. You can find them at most arts and crafts stores.


  • You can also make a Nativity scene at home using popsicle sticks, straw, and wood or clay figurines.


  • Spray some fake frost onto your windows. Try to spray the frost towards the bottom corners of your window to make it look more realistic. Fake frost usually comes in a spray can, like spray paint, and washes off your window with soap and water. They are great for those who don't get snow for Christmas.


  • Make your own Christmas decorations. Not all Christmas decorations have to be store-bought. Homemade ones can have their charm too. If you don't have a lot of money to spend, or just like to be crafty, you can make some of your own decorations and display them in your room. Here are a few ideas to get you started:


  • Find some pinecones outside and paint them with acrylic paint or glitter and display them on your windowsill.


  • String cranberries and popcorn into thread to make garlands.


  • Make some paper chains using construction paper.


  • Cut out some paper snowflakes from white printer paper.


  • Make a gingerbread house and display it on your dresser or desk.


  • Cut out some letters from glitter paper to spell "Merry Christmas" and tack them to your wall.

    Method 3 - Finding Inspiration


  • Choose a colour scheme that matches your existing room decor. There are many colour schemes that inspire Christmas, but not all of them might work with your room. For example, if your room has a lot of pink and white, the traditional red and green might clash. Red and white might be more suitable. Here are some common Christmas colour schemes to get you started:


  • * Red and green
    * Red, green, and white/gold
    * Blue and white/silver
    * Blue, white, and silver
    * White/ivory and gold
    * Red and white/gold
    * Green and white/gold


  • Decide on a theme. Sometimes, having a set theme can help you choose which decorations to put up. It can also help your room look more unified and less cluttered. As with colours, choose a theme that matches your room. For example, if your room has a lot of heavy, Victorian-era furniture, a rustic or nature theme might clash. Themes that are more Victorian or ornate might work better with your room decor. Here are some common Christmas themes to get you started:


  • 1900s, Charles Dickens, Victorian era, and Vintage inspired
    Rustic, woodland cabin inspired, with lots of gingham, knit, wood, and burlap.


  • Nature, with lots of snow, pine trees, pinecones, reindeer, and woodland creatures.


  • Traditional/classic with lots of red and green, snowmen, and Santa Claus.


  • Fancy/royal with lots of silver or gold, ornate scroll patterns, and lots of rich brocade.


  • Winter wonderland, with lots of blue, silver, and white, snow, snowflakes, icicles, and pine trees.


  • Go window shopping. Look at how stores step up their displays. If you see any you like, try to copy them. Take pictures, write down what your see, or make a quick sketch. You don't have to copy the display exactly; you can just use elements from it, such as silver ornaments and glittery snowflakes.


  • You can also get ideas from a nature walk as well.

 


  • Consider having some background noise while you work. If you have a laptop, radio, or TV in your room, consider playing some Christmas music or a Christmas movie. They might inspire you or get you into the Christmas spirit.

 


  • Work with your existing room decor. Sometimes, what you already have in your room might inspire your Christmas decorations. For example, if your room has a lot of wooden furniture in it, you can decorate it with some rustic Christmas decorations to make it look like a cosy, woodland cabin.
    Keep the size of your room in mind. If your room is very small and cramped, it might not be a good candidate for a Christmas tree. Some pine garlands, however, would be perfect for it.

 

  • Look around your room for blank spaces. If you don't know where to start decorating, take a look around your room. See if there are any blank spaces or surfaces, and start decorating there. For example:


  • Is there a bare wall in your room? If so, consider decorating it with some paper snowflakes or Christmas cards.


  • Is there a blank corner on your desk or dresser? What about on your shelf? 

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These places are great for displaying mini trees, figurines, and scenes.


  • Curtain rods and doorknobs are great places to hang decorations from.


  • Windows are great places to hang decorations, such as lights and ornaments, from.

 

But most importantly, Christmas is a time for people - so fill you house with friends, family and special ones because love is one trend that´s always in Vogue!

 

Best, Andrew & Alan x

 

 

 

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