12 Creative Holiday Decorating Ideas You’ve (Probably) Never Heard Of
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… again! If you follow a lot of design blogs and decor magazines, you’re most likely being bombarded with holiday decorating ideas and suggestions. And while the tried-and-true suggestions like hanging a wreath on the door and decorated dining room table are always nice, it’s also nice to spruce things up now and then.
But there are only so many ways to hang a wreath, of course. Whether you opt for traditional red and green or try more muted hues to complement your Southwest furniture, in the end, the theme is the same: It’s the holiday season. And it’s time to decorate.
We can’t guarantee all of these holiday decorating ideas will be new to you, but hopefully at least a few of them will be inspirational and useful. Feel free to take these tips and add your own twists as you deck your halls as you see fit.
Instead of traditional red and green, try going for a monochrome hue this year. Stick to silver or gold, or just decorate with red. Red will give everything a vintage look, especially if you have Western furniture. And no matter what hues you use, use plenty of string lights. They will give everything a perfect soft glow.Focus on the kitchen. Many times the kitchen is the most overlooked room in a home when it comes to holiday decorating. But think about it: The kitchen and the holiday season go hand-in-hand, especially since it’s where the delicious food is made. Swap out your dish towels and oven mitts for holiday versions. Add a little garland to the top of your cupboards. A little bit goes a long way.
Make a wreath out of Christmas ornaments.
If you’ve been decking your halls for many years, you probably have some old ornaments you’re not sure what to do with. But those silver and gold balls from the late 90s when you had a theme tree don’t have to continue to gather dust. Design your own Christmas wreath—thanks to all the DIY blogs, it’s easy—and hang it on your wall or even your front door.
Hang something new over the mantel this year.
Instead of your standard stocking display, string up some wire and clothespins and hang up your holiday cards. That way you can enjoy them without them cluttering up your mantel or tabletop, and your guests can read them during your get-togethers. You can always swap them for your stockings on Christmas Eve if you have young children living at home.
Frame your doorways.
If you’d rather not mess with your fireplace mantel, you can display your cards in another creative way: Hang garland around your largest entryway and clip your cards to it. It’s simple but beautiful.
Have yourself a handmade Christmas.
Just once, try and decorate using only handmade, DIY or upcycled items. It’s easier than you think, especially if you hit up your local craft fairs and holiday markets. You can be certain that your home will have a one-of-a-kind look.
Consider an alternative tree.
Whether you don’t have much space to spare or you just want a tree in every room, you can conserve space with a non-traditional “tree.” Arrange Christmas lights and evergreen branches on your wall to look like a tree or stack the books in your office to look like a literary tree.
Bring out the bling.
If classic Christmas decorations aren’t your style, make your home sparkle. Think silver star balloons, thick strands of LED lights, dazzling ornaments and disco balls. Your home will look sophisticated and chic.
Merry Christmas, deer.
Reindeer decor has been popping up at holiday craft shows this year, and if you have a rustic or Western home, you should get in on the trend. Add some Christmas deer pillows to your sofa to add a charming touch to the entire room.
Don’t neglect your staircase.
If you have a staircase in your home, make it shine this holiday season. You can choose the classic evergreen garland and tinsel if you’d like, but bushels of greenery tied to the posts or elegant red bows are also great options.
Go modern with your mantel this year.
Get some glowing Christmas letters that spell “Joy” or “Noel” and place them on the mantel with a jar of ornaments that will add a pop of color.
Decorate with natural elements.
Evergreen boughs and garlands are always lovely additions, but you can also use in season citrus like lemons and oranges. Not only will your home look beautiful, but it will smell wonderful.