Ok, first things first: how come it’s nearly this time of the year again?! Where did the year go? Time truly does fly… Right, that’s that out of the way.
The festive season is nearly upon us and with it the time to add a few decorative touches to our homes. When I say “a few”, I am of course fully aware that many of us will probably concentrate most our efforts on the main “Christmas rooms”, i.e. the living and dining room. Since these are the places where we are most likely to welcome and entertain our guests, this does of course make complete sense. Unfortunately this can occasionally lead to some rooms being over-decorated (if there is such a thing) whilst others have seemingly been forgotten.
Here then some of the ideas I found that will give you that festive feel no matter what room you’re in.
Let’s start with the obvious, the entrance. A fresh wreath is one of those staples that just say “welcome” to guests even before they step into our home. It’s one of those beautifully traditional decorations that work really well outside, no matter what the weather is doing.
For something a little more fun that will make people smile, why not “gift-wrap” your front door with a big “bow”? Depending on the colour of your door, you could either go for very traditional red or even a sparkly gold. The only thing I would say is that you might want to “work around” your letterbox in order not to miss out on any Christmas cards.
Stepping from the door into the hallway, the staircase will often be right in front of our eyes. I always thought that there’s something about stairs that is perfect for decorations.
Adorning the entire banister with paper garlands is a modern and fun take on traditional decorations and. If you have small children you might like to go with a green/red/white colour scheme, but I really like the more elegant gold/silver/white combination.
Another beautiful way to decorate the banister is with a real or fake garland of seasonal greens, small lights and Christmas stockings. This is such a lovely and truly festive look, don’t you think?
As I mentioned at the beginning, this is all about the small touches. So, how about some small star lights to add some magic to the dark windows? Not only does it make the window look festive, it will also give the room a lovely warm glow.
And since we’re on the subject of stars, this minimalist but lovely little decorative piece would look absolutely wonderful on any interior door. In fact, why not add one more to each door – unless of course you live in Buckingham Palace, in which case that would be an awful lot of stars…
One of the things I fondly remember from my childhood (ok, who am I kidding, I still do it!) is waking up on Christmas morning excited about the day and happy to be surrounded by all the decorations. So why not wake up in a decorated bedroom as well? A small tree instead of the usual lamp will instantly transform the feel of your bedroom and even if you get woken up at 5am, you’ll have a smile on your face.
Since many of us will spend a considerable amount of Christmas day in the kitchen, it makes sense to bring some of the festive feel into it. And what could be more fitting for a kitchen than edible decorations? Gingerbread decorations are the perfect addition and I’m sure nobody will notice if one disappears throughout the day, right?
Oh, I hope all these little ideas will help you to turn your entire home into a warm, festive and happy place for this season.