Archive for November, 2010

Holiday Decorating on a Budget

Posted in Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 by johngesa

Although getting your home ready for the holidays can seem like a major chore, it doesn’t have to be. Fortunately, it doesn’t even have to take up much time or money, either. You can do it in a few easy steps. Just get in the mood to be creative.

Add colour and texture
Simply displaying some richly coloured pillows or throws in any room can give the room a different feel. Choose warm and spicy colours, or maybe something with mirror work to catch the light and add to the glowing effect and sparkle of the holiday season.

Don’t feel like you have to stick with the traditional red, green and white schemes – metallic and neutrals can also work well.

Artwork, throws and mirrors can also add a new splash to the walls.

Spread some warmth
Changing the shades on your lamps to warm coloured ones can make the light appear richer. By lighting candles in holiday scents – ensuring, of course, they’re displayed in safe areas away from flammable objects – your room can take on a warm glow.

Revamping or creatively using what you already own can also create lush looks when you’re trying to stick to a budget. For instance, filling a clear glass bowl or vase with ornaments of a single bright colour can make for an eye-catching display.

Another trick that makes for a pleasing display that is kind to the wallet involves bringing in some evergreen cuttings and using ribbon or other household items to dress them up. And you can make old wreaths look new by attaching fake berries, sprigs or pine cones.

You can also refresh your old decorations by dressing them up with paint or glitter.

Make it cozy
There’s no better time than the present to get started on your holiday cleaning. If you rid your rooms of clutter, especially those catch-all coffee tables and kitchen counters, your home will seem much more inviting.

Piles of junk mail, unfiled bills and magazines not only look messy, but can also interfere with your cleaning efforts. It’s much easier, and faster, to dust a clear surface than to clean around three months’ worth of the latest decorating magazines.

To eliminate – and prevent – clutter, everything should have a designated space. Magazines, for instance, can be placed in a bin under the coffee table, while children’s art can be stored in a chest or accordion-style folder.

And to encourage an even more inviting atmosphere, think about arranging your furniture in conversation groups. You have to move the furniture anyway in order to get rid of those dust bunnies, so why not try arranging them in a fresh, new manner?