The holidays are the best time to tap into your interior decorating skills and get into the festive spirit. Putting up holiday decorations is a great wintertime activity to do with the family and leaves lots of room for creativity and expressing your style. With lots of themes to choose from, here are our ideas for bringing the holiday spirit into your home.
Take advantage of shelf space
If you’ve got lots of storage space or shelves around your home, this is a great place to highlight and display some of your favorite holiday decorations. These little corners or wall spaces are great real estate for setting up themed displays.
Displaying your holiday village is a great way to bring the holiday spirit into your home and give your guests something fun to look at. If you love collecting little holiday village decorations, consider upping your display this year and bringing this miniature set the attention it deserves.
Another idea is strategically displaying your holiday collectibles. Whether it’s your favorite holiday signs or images of your family from previous holidays, shelf space is a great way to display some of your favorite holiday memories and decorations in different corners of your home.
Decorate your kitchen
Your kitchen is the heart of your home, and you’ll likely spend a lot of time there cooking during the holidays. Whether it’s just for you or you plan on bringing guests to your home for holiday parties, decorate your kitchen to evoke the festive spirit whether you’re cooking or eating.
You can get holiday-themed kitchen decorations or functional pieces to use in your kitchen. Consider getting a cookie jar, adding snowflakes to your windows, miniature Christmas trees, special plates and cutlery, wreaths, and themed table runners to get your kitchen ready for the holidays. If you recently went through a kitchen renovation, adding in some holiday decor will give you the perfect Pinterest-worthy holiday kitchen.
Get your fireplace ready
If you have a fireplace, this is one of the most classic areas to spruce up in preparation for the holiday season. If you celebrate Christmas, string your stockings across your fireplace’s mantle. Collect different stockings to reflect each of your family member’s varying personalities, or get them all in the same style with each person’s initials for a more cohesive look.
On your mantle, you can also display other classic holiday decorations. For example, if you’re Jewish, you may choose this area to display your menorah. Whatever holiday you celebrate, your fireplace is the epicenter of your home during the holidays, so decorate it to the fullest to bring the holiday spirit into your home.
Switch up your throw pillows and blankets
The winter season calls for coziness inside even when the weather outside is frightful. You likely bust out different blankets and pillows in preparation for the colder months, so why not invest in some holiday throw pillows and blankets?
While the pillows may be mostly for decoration, you can find some fun festive throw pillows with your favorite holiday imagery and phrases embroidered on them. As for blankets, there are tons of different patterns and color combinations that can help you add festive touches across your home. Pillows and blankets are an easy way to bring some holiday spirit into your home while also maintaining functionality.
Change up your wall decor
Your walls provide you with a ton of open real estate for holiday decorations. Your walls have the power to completely change a space, making your home the perfect winter oasis. We mentioned displaying your favorite images on shelves, but consider hanging some of your favorite images with family and friends onto your walls as well.
Your wall space is also a great place to put up some of your DIY decorations. Consider making your favorite festive phrases into wall signs. If arts and crafts aren’t your thing, don’t fret, you can purchase holiday wall decorations to fit into any budget. You can hang up holiday wreaths, a hanging advent calendar, stockings if you don’t have a fireplace, collages, or whatever your heart desires. So get creative and come up with the perfect holiday theme for your walls.
Put up some Mistletoe
We love us some mistletoe! Mistletoe is an established classic holiday decoration bringing kisses to all guests who find themselves underneath it. Mistletoes traditionally represent romance, vitality, and fertility, which may be why we bring them into our homes during the holidays.
Some mistletoe is a great way to bring some winter greenery into your home. Consider displaying it as part of your table centerpiece, on the ceiling to promote some holiday smooches, on your fireplace mantle, in your holiday wreaths, or anywhere you want to bring some romance and plant life.
If you’re a big fan of DIY decor, mistletoe is a beautiful and economical material to use in some of your projects.
Use Smells to Bring in the Holiday Spirit
Some of the best parts about the holidays are the smells. In between all the cooking and baking occurring during the end of the year, your home will smell amazing and engage all of your senses.
If you want your home to smell amazing, consider investing in some holiday-scented products like candles and essential oils in peppermint, pine, gingerbread, fireplace, cinnamon, apples, or roasted nuts to bring some warm scents into your home. For an alternative, you can also look into different simmer pot recipes on your stovetop and use spices and fruits to have your home smell great all day long.
If candles, essential oils, and simmer pots aren’t your thing, you can bring some awesome smells into your home the old-fashioned way, by baking and cooking. Get some holiday cookies and sweets going to get some natural scents into your home.
Home for the holidays
While the holiday season may be busy, it’s important to invest some time into bringing your festive spirit to your home. If you love the end-of-the-year season and want to show it through your home decor, try out some of these ideas to get into the winter spirit!