Budget-Friendly Christmas Home Decor and Tips
Christmas is not too far off and I have finally completed the finishing touches to my Christmas decor. I have actually finished a little while ago, but I just kept finding more decorations that I liked! I decided to put my tree in the dining room this year because I have little ones that would no doubt be touching it every 5 seconds! So, the family room is “Christmas Central” for them, since we spend the majority of our time there. They have decorated a 4-foot tree with their favorite ornaments and added plush Christmas characters and their arts & crafts around the room. I love it because, for me, that’s what Christmas is all about. But, the Interior Redesigner in me likes to have a grown-up space as well for Christmas. This way, I’m getting the best of both worlds!
I recently changed my living room/dining room into just a dining room, so you are getting a sneak peak at what it looks like (still a few more finishing touches to add, but for the most part, it’s done!). I painted a blue accent wall and that was my color inspiration for my Christmas decor. The bench under the wall-mounted fireplace (previously where the tree is now) fit perfectly in the room and the pattern on it reminded me of Christmas ornaments, so that worked out well! I wanted my decor simple and the great thing is that it transitions well for New Years.
So, here are some ideas for my Christmas decor, as well as some helpful tips that I like to incorporate when decorating for the holidays…
1. A big trend in home decor is mixing gold and silver together. I have always loved this combination and use it in my everyday decor. At Christmas time, I mix the gold and silver with different accent colors every year.
2. Use ribbon to hang your ornaments with. It looks pretty and you don’t have to worry about losing the hooks, stepping on them or having the kids or pets get to them. There are so many different styles and colors that can really add to your Christmas tree decor. Also, place ornaments towards the middle of the tree. It will help the tree look more full and robust with ornaments.
3. Hang a wreath in a window. It doesn’t have to be elaborately decorated. It’s such an easy way to dress-up a window!
If you want to hang a wreath in from of a mirror, place an adhesive hook upside down on the back of it, attached the ribbon and hang it over the mirror. A stocking filled with a Christmas sprig is a nice alternative to a wreath as well.
4. I consider lanterns great investment decor pieces because they can be used all year round. For Christmas, I added some tinsel in the bottom to add a bit more sparkle and place ornaments in them. You could also add a colorful candle ring and a pillar candle. The possibilities are endless!
5. You can’t go wrong with candles! They add ambiance and create a sense of warmth in the room. TIP: if you are using new candles, burn them for a few minutes instead of leaving the wick unused. It will help feel like the room has been lived in.
6. Don’t be afraid to use flowers or plants in your Christmas decor (artificial or real). They are a great way to add color and texture to a room. I switched out the vase for my hydrangeas and filled one that I already had with silver Christmas ornaments.
7. Instead of purchasing a tree skirt from the store, use a blanket. Such an easy and affordable way to complete the look of your tree.