Getting Into The Spirit With Holiday Decor

Tammy Crosby
October 13, 2009 — 1,513 views  

With winter just around the corner and department stores gearing up for the holiday season, there’s no time like now to think about your house plans for this year’s holiday decorations.  You can continue traditions and look for new ideas that are both economical and easy to do.  Treat your guests to a joyful experience by trying these great ideas and tips that help your home’s décor spread cheer and warmth.

Consider the size and theme for your tree.  Pay special attention to the space in which you place your tree.  A tall Christmas can be a grand showpiece for your two-story room, but avoid a wide tree that takes up family floor space.  A skinny tree accents a corner in a master suite or dining room.  Simple themes, such as homemade ornaments, natural materials, or old fashioned, wood carved ornaments are easy ways to adorn your tree.  Color themes are popular such as all gold and silver or all white ribbons, ornaments and icicles. You can find inspiration from magazines, storefront windows and craft shops.

Be playful.  Mistletoe or a kissing ball hanging discreetly from a doorway or staircases draped with garland, add joy to a room without overpowering it with too many trimmings.  Accentuate your home’s best features, such as your fireplace mantel, by placing holly sprigs across it or around a large mirror.  Hand painted pine cones placed around can be dusted with scented oils such as cedar.  Stuff baby’s breath into your tree branches.

Simple, warm and cozy. Rather than big, extravagant displays, you can add simple, yet classic touches to your holiday home. Create a sense of warmth with accents like a bowl of pine cones, an evergreen wreath, scented candles and red velvet stockings hung by the fireplace.

A taste of artistic dazzle.  Rather than force inflatable snowmen and air blown holiday figures to compete on your front lawn, simple lighting accents your home’s architecture and draws attention to your landscape.

Plan to complement your décor. Before you begin, plan out how your holiday decorations will match the décor of your home. Bright reds and greens may clash with a lighter colored coastal theme living room. Opt for white snowflakes, candles or a silver-belled wreath. Earth toned rooms can handle rich tones like cranberry, forest green and gold.

Tammy Crosby is the Chief Operating Officer at and the past Executive Director of the American Institute of Building Design. represents the most respected and leading residential designers and architects in the industry and was voted #1 by Google and Yahoo for Home Plan Choices.  For more information please contact Tammy at [email protected].

Tammy Crosby