Updating your interior decor is the first step in spreading holiday cheer. Traditionally, the living room hearth is the main gathering place for the holidays. Once you have the Christmas tree trimmed and the wreath hung on your front door, the third project should be decorating the mantel. Simple white string lights set the stage for a warm mood. Create a seamless look throughout the room by using the same kind of lighting on the Christmas tree, the fireplace, door frames and even window treatments. Wrapping seasonal faux foliage such as holly, ivy and berry branches around the light cord hides the electrical wiring and brings an outdoor winter element into the space. Loop a velvet ribbon around the ends to secure the look and add a pop of color. Next, place pillar candles in creams and off-whites in a staggered configuration on the hearth, so the string-light-and-branch bundle weaves around them and drapes off each side of the mantle. The rest is up to you, and your options are nearly endless. Consider adding small topiary plants, glass hurricanes filled with colorful Christmas ornaments, or a wreath hung on the wall above your mantel arrangement.
Once you have decorated your living room, it’s time to move on to the other areas of your home. Since it’s easy to overlook powder rooms, kitchens and guest rooms, think of small-scale ideas for these spaces. Holiday pillows, richly hued throws, fun holiday dish towels, scented candles, glass bowls of Christmas ornaments and various holiday family photos all add a festive touch. Layers add interest and dimension, so feel free to take inspiration from your favorite aspects of the Christmas holiday and build on them. It’s also a great time to showcase treasured objects from friends and family. Christmas decorating is all about bringing back those happy memories and creating new ones. And luckily, it’s always a “more the merrier” mentality with Christmas decor.