It’s finally that time of year again when we get to transform our homes into miniature Christmas wonderlands filled with twinkling lights, festive accent pieces, and family memorabilia.
As if we needed any more reasons to bring out our Christmas decorations, research shows that people who begin their Christmas celebrations early are generally happier. Psychologists speculate that that the nostalgia associated with festive decorations reminds us of simpler times when we were kids and had less stress and fewer responsibilities to deal with.
So if you’re feeling the festive spirit but aren’t sure where to begin with your decorating, give some of the following Christmas decorating ideas a try.
1. Start by decluttering
Before bringing anything new into your home, it’s always a good idea to spend some time clearing away all the clutter you’ve undoubtedly accumulated over the past year. This will help you free up space for your Christmas decorations, as well as all the gifts you’re likely to receive over the holidays.
Start by going from room to room and gathering knick knacks that seem out of place. Don’t forget to check your cupboards items you haven’t used in more than a couple of months. Next, take stock of each item. If it’s something you think you’ll enjoy using again when spring or summer rolls around, put it into storage. If not, see if you can donate it to goodwill or recycle it in some other way.
2. Choose a colour scheme
The best way to prevent your home from looking like Christmas exploded there is to decide on a colour scheme early on so you can choose decorative accessories that go well together.
The traditional Christmas colours are of course red and green, but there are other colour schemes you can opt for, like silver and grey or purple and white, that are a bit more modern but still festive. When choosing a colour scheme, keep your home’s day-to-day décor in mind so you can select items and colours that complement the curtains, sofa and rugs you already have.