Adding a festive touch to your home is a terrific way to create a warm and welcoming ambiance, whether you’re celebrating a particular festival or simply want to embrace the spirit of the season. Here are some ideas to help you decorate your home for the holidays:
Choose a Theme
Choose a theme or color palette that corresponds to the event or season you’re celebrating. This can be traditional, modern, rustic, or any other style that speaks to you. I use a traditional Indian theme for Diwali and then a mix of modern and traditional British themes for Christmas.
Decorate the Entryway or Porch
The entrance sets the tone for the rest of your house. Consider hanging a festive wreath on the front door, adding potted plants or seasonal decor, and utilizing seasonal welcome mats.
Decorate with Seasonal Colors
Make use of seasonal colors in your home decor, for example, red and green for Christmas, pastels for Easter, and warm earth tones for autumn. At the moment, I have decorated my home for Diwali, which is a Hindu festival, and the color tones I have used are yellow (auspicious for Hindu festivals), orange (represents the color of Sanatan Dharm/religion), and bright pink. I usually switch the decor to Christmas tones just after Diwali.
Set Up a Festive Tree
If you’re celebrating Christmas, a beautifully decorated tree is a must. As most of my home is neutral, I like to use champagne, gold, or silver ornaments for the tree to blend with the rest of my home.
Hang string lights around your home or in outdoor spaces. They add a warm and inviting ambiance to any room. I hang string lights just before Diwali as it is a festival of lights, and keep them on until the new year. This way, my home is well-lit for Diwali, Christmas, and the New Year.
Candles are a great way to add warmth and a festive touch to your home. Candles in seasonal scents and festive candleholders can instantly make a space feel cozier. For Diwali, every corner of my home is decorated with candles. I use floating candles with rose petals and marigold flowers for big bowls and use a lot of Yankee Candles votives or mini candles, which can be purchased as gift sets too.
Make seasonally appropriate centerpieces for your dining and coffee tables. Flowers, pinecones, pine garlands, ornaments, and other decorative components can be used.
Festive Table Setting
Use festive tableware, napkins, and placemats when setting your dining table. This adds a special touch to holiday meals. For Diwali, you may use mandala-print napkins, and for Christmas, snowflake or pinecone-print napkins would add that special touch.
Hang seasonal window clings, wreaths, or garlands to enhance your home’s exterior and interior. I like to use marigold garlands on windows and doors for Diwali, and this time I’m planning to switch them with pine garlands for Christmas.
Seasonal Home Fragrance
Use scented candles, essential oils, or potpourri with seasonal scents like cinnamon, pine, or citrus to infuse your home with holiday aromas.
Play Festive Music
Set the mood with holiday or seasonal music in the background. Create a playlist of your favorite songs to enjoy while decorating or entertaining guests.
Remember that decorating your home for the holidays should be a pleasant and creative experience. You can DIY most of the decor with candles and ornaments, and you don’t have to spend a fortune either. It is a good idea to look for pretty seasonal candles, candleholders, and those cute house-shaped tealight holders in Black Friday sales. Choose components that reflect your unique style as well as the holiday or season you’re celebrating. You can turn your house into a warm and inviting area for family and friends to enjoy with a little effort and ingenuity.
Until next time, Ashh xo
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