Fresh New Ways To Decorate Your Home For The Holidays

Fresh New Ways To Decorate Your Home For The Holidays

Sarah Rae Smith
Nov 30, 2010
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People have been decorating their homes for the holidays for centuries and although it might seem like all the ideas have been played out and are a little tired, that doesn't mean you can't twist them up and come up with fresh takes on something classic. Check out these tips to teach you to use what you have, scavenge what you need and make your home unique and beautiful for the season ahead.

Keeping a home feeling fresh means it smells great and isn't isn't an assault to your eyes each time you walk through the door. Most folks aren't looking to spend a whole lot and for the most part we don't want our homes to feel like our parents (even if their home is fabulous). Check out the tips below to use as guidelines as you expand your own concept of seasonal decor. They're a great way to make sure you aren't scaring away the neighbors and have a warm, open home for all to enjoy — including yourself!

1. Scale Back: Make each decoration count and have a purpose in the place where it resides. For example, see how west elm uses this menorah. Make sure it brings beauty to the area instead of just being something festive that's put somewhere just so you don't have to lug it back to the attic. If you don't need it or it doesn't look right, take it out, box it up or don't buy it. Collections, especially holiday decor are always evolving and it's ok to not use all of it every year. Don't feel like you have to have something just because it's tradition. If you hate pine needles, forget a tree and work around it in a new way!

2. Go Over The Top: In what seems like contradiction to the point above, holidays are the perfect time to take things over the top. We're not talking about the number of items in your home, but rather the impact they make visually. Add sparkle, add light, add trim or that little something special to really punch things up.

3. Use Metals, Metallics and Super Shiny Stuff: There is no better season to go extreme with your love for metallics than the holidays. Don't hold back and whatever you do, don't be afraid to mix and match. Use an out of the ordinary wreath, like this one from West Elm or put silver candlesticks next to gold-leafed fruit — once you start using them, you'll be comfortable doing so all year round.

4. Seek Out Nature: Nature is inexpensive when purchased and free when scavenged from the outside world. Keep an eye during commutes to and from work and see what's available to you. Post ads on Criagslist and ask for what you want. Berries? Leaves? Bark? Branches? Moss? Someone will answer your call! Plus, nature acts as a great way to tone down some sparkle and glitz that might make things impersonal otherwise.

5. Pick A Different Color: Holidays are all color coded, Hanukkah is blue and yellow, Christmas is red and green and so forth. The look that will make your space feel fresh and new will be a color outside of the norm. Try purple and gold, green and brown, silver and pink, the combinations are endless, but dress things up with a new color to make your space feel unique.

6. Mix It Up, Make It New & Think Outside The Box: No one expects the holidays to be wacky by any means, but sometimes the best ideas come from a simple Craigslist find where you say to yourself, "Hey, I can spray paint that and it will be awesome!" Don't be afraid to change up old decor and pull it apart and rewire it together in new ways and likewise, don't be afraid to give it a paint job or seek out others offerings that could be utilized! Check out this hand made wreath from West Elm.

Just this week on our local Craigslist we ran across an ad for someone giving away 200+ empty bottles. Why not paint the insides white, gold, or whatever hues you see fit. Run them down a table during dinner or fill windows and candles, the options are endless and it would all be for free or just a few dollars!

Make sure you keep your space tidy through the holidays as it appears to get messy faster with all the extra things about. Take pictures of things you like as you go and toss the print outs of it in with your boxes for next year, it will make it easy to remember what worked and what didn't!

How do you like to keep things fresh in your space? Do you take a new twist on hand-me-down decor or scavenge thrift stores? Let us know below!

Images: Z Gallerie, West Elm, Crate and Barrel

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