We are simply blown away by the gorgeous holiday decor photos and Christmas decorating ideas our Holiday Style Challenge contributors are sending us. It’s all so inspirational, and there are a lot of great decorating tips in our ongoing series. But here, we get three easy tips that will make decorating for Christmas like a pro pretty simple.
These tips come from Brittany of the design blog brittanyMakes. She is among the several creative bloggers taking part in our Style Challenge. We sent each of them a mystery package of Christmas decorations from The Home Depot. They then used those materials to astonish us with their outstanding holiday decorating.
We’ve seen Christmas decor for the living room, fireplace mantel, dining room and front door. But Brittany is the first of our contributors to decorate this particular room.
Of all the holidays and celebrations throughout the year, Christmas is our THING. I should say my husband’s thing, considering he starts blasting Christmas music as early as August. But let’s be honest, we all know who decorates around these parts! But honestly, I think we make a nice team.
I’m absolutely ecstatic to be included in this year’s Holiday Style Challenge! I decided with this challenge to focus on how to incorporate what matters most to my husband and me during the holidays; what we enjoy most about our home during Christmas, and how the holidays represent us and fit into our home.
With this in mind I’ve developed a fool-proof “decorator’s recipe”, if you will, that helped me, and will certainly help all of you to create the perfect space in your home for the holidays.
My husband and I have pretty much the same conversation every year about how we should decorate for the holidays, and let’s be honest, when it comes time to bring out the Christmas cheer, our decor is FAR from “magazine worthy”. He loves the “classical Christmas” complete with old school multi-colored string lights, dancing Santas, LED icicles, blow up lawn accessories, Christmas ballads from the 50s, and the like. I prefer what my husband calls “fancy Christmas,” and he’s convinced I’m out to squash Christmas cheer. As you can see, folks, my man is serious about his Christmas :).
But let’s dive into this decorator’s recipe, shall we?
Pick Your Christmas Palette
To get that cohesive look in your holiday decor, my first recommendation is to choose a color palette, even if it’s the classic red, green & white! And you know me, I’ll always recommend adding gold to that palette of yours! But seriously, metallics scream ‘holidays’ if you ask me.
I grew up with my mom adding faux flowers to our trees, which now that I’m an adult I realize is one crazy expensive way to decorate a tree! Have you seen the prices of fake flowers?
The trick I learned is to buy those ugly fake glittery poinsettias you see at the craft store, and cut apart the stems. Now you have like 15 faux flowers for the price of two individual flowers. Genius right?
To incorporate gold in my palette, I jazzed up my tree with trimmings from glittery faux poinsettias.
I took a bit of a risk in mixing metals in my palette, but I chose to go with a champagne shade of gold, which really helps complement all those silvers.
Our frosted tree also complements these mixed metals in that the tree appears almost silvery. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that frosted trees are another holiday favorite of mine!
Just keep in mind, sticking to your palette might be the hardest part, but I’ve learned if you stick with it, you’ll notice most of the work in creating that cohesive look is finished for you!
Add Depth with Layers and Textures
Layering a space can be tricky, but it can also be the easiest thing!
Think to yourself about what feels natural in the space. Is it a big comfy chair with a faux fur throw blanket and a cup of hot cider nestled in front of your fireplace? Or perhaps a dozen or so gifts on top of a fluffy tree skirt and a zebra hide pulled close. Layer with what feels natural to you, it’s really that simple.
There are a few fail-safes in the design world on how to add texture, and it’s so easy for the holidays.
Whatever it is that you think will make you cozy and warm is usually an item full of texture and perfect for layering. Think faux fur blankets, chunky knit sweaters, glittery ribbon, velvet pillows, and felt stockings. These are the perfect fail-safes for layering your holiday decor.
Show Your Personality
Here’s where I say “let’s get personal”!
First, ask yourself, where in your home is the coziest? Is it your living room? Is it your den, your bedroom, or your play room?
My husband’s favorite thing about the holidays is lying in bed at night with the Christmas tree lights on, so for us, selecting our ‘location to decorate’ so to speak, was a no-brainer.
We decided the coziest space to decorate for the holidays this year was straight up in. our. bedroom. Our bedroom is full of personality, from our gallery wall, to our bedside tables, to our ‘holiday bedding’.
That’s another favorite tradition of mine– every year I create a holiday-themed bed. I’m sure it sounds silly, but I tire of bedding rather quickly. I don’t like having the same duvet all the time; it gets boring! I get most excited for the holidays because I get to create a new themed bed. Last year it was flannel, red velvets and Christmas-themed toile. This year it’s…. gold!
We add personality to our bedroom during the holidays by means of our bedding. And I just know it makes my man the happiest holiday-lover around to climb into a Christmas themed bed during the holidays, even if this year he says he feels like a sultan.
So here’s the secret to decorating for the holidays, in short form, regardless of whether you deck your halls with your children’s handmade ornaments, or you’re newlyweds like us and have to buy your ornaments in bulk:
- Stick to a palette
- Layer with what feels natural
- And top it all off with personality
Do this, and you’ll create a space that’s warm, inviting, cozy, and most importantly, YOU.
Brittany describes herself as “a fierce accountant by day, and a zealous DIYer by night.” She lives with her Christmas-loving husband in the San Francisco Bay Area. She shares tutorials and writes about decorating, cooking and lifestyle on her blog brittanyMakes. Read about how she turned a drab patio into an elegant space in a previous Style Challenge article.
To decorate her bedroom for Christmas, Brittany used these items from The Home Depot:
- GE 7 ft. Frosted Norway Spruce Christmas Tree with White LED Lights (Note: this tree is no longer available, however you could try this Kurt Adler 7 ft. Pre-Lit Frosted Pine Tree with Clear Lights for a similar look.)
- 2 in. Gold Christmas Ornaments
- 21 in. Gold Glittered Poinsettia
Style Challenge is a series of posts from guest contributors who aim to bring you fresh inspiration and ideas for your home and garden using Home Depot products as a starting point. Brittany received a selection of Christmas decorations from The Home Depot and a gift card to support her project, but The Home Depot provided no cash compensation. The opinions and ideas Brittany expressed are her own.