This year it seems that even before we had a chance to finish off the Halloween candy, Christmas exploded on the scene. Everywhere we turn there are the twinkling of lights, red and green ribbons, and poinsettias intricately placed in every storefront. And guess what? We aren’t mad about it! If you haven’t already, time to drag out those Christmas totes, and let’s get festive!
Small space? Keep it simple.
Places in your home that are awkward or narrow such as a hallway, bathrooms, or even a guest bedroom can prove to be a bit of a challenge to create a festive look. Smaller spaces can look cluttered when too many decorations are added. The best way to add a bit of Christmas to these spaces is to keep it simple. Holiday-inspired pillows and bedding to the guest room, festive hand towels in the bathrooms, and changing out your regular hallway pictures to Christmas pictures are all great ways to keep those spaces uncluttered but still decorated. Another way to keep it simple for these spaces is to stick with solid, complementary colors or one simple pattern (think blue and white, red and green, or buffalo check pattern). Too many different décor options in a small space can make it look even smaller.
We love the seamless look that floating shelves offer all year round but there’s something even more special seeing them all decked out in their Christmas best. These free-floating shelf brackets offer the perfect spot for all your holiday odds and ends. Staggering your floating shelves at different heights and spaces also creates a unique wall fixture that the eye cannot help gravitating to. We love to use a mix of flocked greenery and any special, delicate Christmas décor on these floating shelves as they’re up out of the way, less likely to be knocked over. Keeping those special mementos safely on display throughout the entire holiday season is of the utmost importance!
All the greenery, please
Probably the most timeless and effortless way to bring Christmas into any space is by adding greenery and garlands. We especially love draping windows and entryways in garlands of green. A way to bring some uniqueness to your garlands is to mix the greeneries you’re using. Layering pine, spruce, and flocked greenery creates a fuller look, and adding winterberries and silvery pinecones adds just the right amount of sparkle. Most of your local craft stores or online stores will have all the supplies you’ll need to create this look We recommend using peel and stick to hang up any garlands to avoid putting unnecessary holes in your wall. Wider countertops, on top of cabinets, and mantles are all great spaces that are just screaming for some *spruced* up garlands (see what we did there...?)
Christmas in the kitchen
The kitchen can be a busy place during the holidays so adding any kind of décor can seem overkill and clumsy. One easy way to bring Christmas into the kitchen is by adding smaller wreaths to the cabinet doors. Needing a pop of color? Add a few sprigs of holly or some holiday ribbon to the wreaths. A tried-and-true technique for hanging wreaths is using fishing lines and those trusty peel and stick hooks! Don’t forget about that pantry door as well, using the same technique as with the cabinets.
What about the kids?
Let’s face it, don’t the kids have enough in their rooms the other 11 months out of the year? Do they really need some extra décor added in December? The answer? Yes, yes, they do! Replacing their usual nightlight with string lights like these, add a little bit of winter wonderland to their rooms. These felt Christmas trees are a great alternative to setting up and taking down an actual tree in their bedroom. These also allow them to design and redesign their very own tree as many times as they would like, hopefully keeping their little hands away from the bigger trees! We also love adding a bit of canned fake snow to their windows during the Christmas season, this is especially whimsical for the kids that hail from the warmer states.
Photo from POPSUGAR
Christmas just has a way of bringing out the inner Joanna Gaines (trust us, she’s in there!) Whether it’s the wreaths, the greenery, the twinkle lights, or the bows there is a space and a place for it all in your home. No matter the esthetic or size of your home, it can look like Santa’s village with any of these tips. Now, Alexa: play “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” and let’s get our Christmas on!