Are you like thousands of people across the country expecting family from out-of-town to visit over the holidays? If so, you are probably already thinking about how to decorate your home for the festive season. The good news is that you do not have to worry about spending a fortune to make your home look great for the holiday. Here are some great, inexpensive decorating ideas that will make your house look great both inside and outduring the holiday season.
One of the best ways to decorate your home without spending a dime is to bring some of the outdoors inside. Head outside and gather things like sticks, small branches, pinecones, pine sprigs and acorns. Now, think of creative ways to display these items around your home. Try sticking a few small branches in a standard vase and hanging some ornaments on them, spray some of the items with gold glitter paint and display them in a large glass bowl, or place some pine sprigs on a bookshelf next to a small candle or other holiday decorations.
Light Up Your House
Christmas lights are inexpensive to purchase and can be a great way to spruce up your home for the holidays. Move a floor mirror into your living room or hallway and wrap some lights around it to create a beautiful soft glow in the room. Small electric candles in the window look great on the inside and outside of your home. For a softer glow, you can skip the holiday lights and opt for candles instead. Different colors of candles, such as red, green, blue, silver and gold would look great on the mantel, as a centerpiece or on any accent table in your home.
Around the House
You do not have to go overboard to make your home look great for the holidays. A few simple touches around your house can pull everything together. Try using some holiday ribbon to tie around items in your home, such as a small stack of books, use as a collar for a large animal statue, or the handle of a basket. This is very affordable and takes just a few minutes to complete, but provides a great effect on any room. You can also gather some left over ornaments or purchase some holiday candies to place in a glass dish, jar or bowl. Be sure to use multiple holiday colors for the greatest effect.
Do not limit your decorating ideas to the inside of your house, it is equally important that you make your home look inviting from the outside too. Lights draped around the trees and windows can add a holiday effect to your entire house. You should also spend some time decorating your front porch. Place a wreath on your front door, either a store bought wreath or one you make yourself using natural greenery, acorns and pinecones.
You can also place a small chair or chaise on your porch with a pretty holiday-colored cushion, such as red, green or blue. For irregular-shaped chairs or chaises or special made cushions, you can order very affordable custom outdoor cushions that will look great. Then place several empty boxes wrapped on holiday paper around the chair for a festive display.
Decorating the inside and outside of your home can be very affordable and a lot of fun. Be sure to be creative and think of great ways to repurpose items you already have in your home. Also, do not forget to bring in some natural items you can find on a short walk around your neighborhood. Finally, a few custom-made items, like the custom-made cushions, will add that special touch and ensure a one-of-a-kind look for the holidays.