It’s almost time to celebrate the holidays and settle down with family and friends. Have you decided how to decorate your home? Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia blog has plenty of ideas for getting your space ready for a holiday gathering. There are tips for decorating the tree, adding texture, and incorporating fun, holiday decorations. Here are a few ways to design your abode for the holiday season.
How do you want to remember the holidays?
The holidays are all about making memories. The folks over at Magnolia say it’s important to decide what your vision is for the holidays before you start decorating. How do you want to remember the holidays? Will it just be a quiet time at home with your loved ones or do you want a festive atmosphere? “Your home is the backdrop for the memories that will unfold this season, so whether you want to go all out or tone it down with your decor, there’s no wrong way to celebrate,” say the Magnolia team.
Consider these three categories
On the Magnolia blog, readers are directed to think about three important categories before beginning a holiday decoration project. “There are three categories to consider when it comes to pulling together a holiday look: the look and feel of the tree, the textiles, and the supporting decor. Breaking down these three elements in advance can help you take stock of what you already have and want to reuse as well as any new pieces or colors you want to incorporate this year.”
Find a focal point and design your space accordingly
For the Magnolia folks, the Christmas tree is always the focal point. They suggest having ornaments, a garland, berry sprays, a string of lights, and a tree topper on hand for decorating the Christmas tree. The decorations you use for the tree will serve as a guide for how you plan the design of the entire space. “The colors and textures you incorporate onto your tree will influence how you decorate the rest of the space,” say the Magnolia editors.
If you don’t plan on having a tree in your home, find another item or space to decorate that you can spruce up with some holiday cheer. Perhaps a mantel or your dining room table can become the focus of your design efforts.
Don’t forget texture
Pay attention not only to colors but also texture. This helps keep things visually interesting. One decoration they suggest is a bottle brush tree. They’re cute and they have a design that makes you want to reach out and touch them. They also suggest incorporating candlesticks of different heights and taper holders:
What you choose for your supporting decor can really bring the space to life, especially in a more neutral scene. For the mantel, we infused a bit of color with these bottle brush trees. They’re such a simple way to add whimsy to a space—we can’t help but put them everywhere! Adding taper holders and candlesticks in varying heights and colors creates even more interest. When it comes to greenery, draping a piece of garland across the mantel is a good start, or you can do what we did here and insert pine picks into the stockings while they’re waiting to be filled.
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