sim­ple ways to dress up home dur­ing hol­i­days

TIPS TO BRING THE HOL­I­DAYS INTO YOUR HOME

Albuquerque Journal - - HOME STYLE -

Add hol­i­day cheer to your home

THE HOL­I­DAY SEA­SON IS RIFE WITH TRA­DI­TIONS THAT FO­CUS ON FUN AND FAM­ILY. One such tes­ta­ment to the fes­tive spirit of the hol­i­day sea­son is the many homes and busi­nesses dec­o­rated with the lights and col­ors that have be­come syn­ony­mous with the sea­son.

Dec­o­rat­ing for the hol­i­day sea­son can be time-con­sum­ing. While deck­ing the halls may not con­sume as much time as hol­i­day shop­ping and wrap­ping presents, ac­cord­ing to data from a 2013 Amer­i­can Time Use Sur­vey, in­te­rior and ex­te­rior dec­o­rat­ing for the hol­i­days may con­sume any­where from 2.5 to 3 hours per ses­sion.

Hol­i­day dec­o­rat­ing in­cludes things as sim­ple as set­ting up a meno­rah or as com­plex as string­ing lights on the ex­te­rior of a home. Though elab­o­rate dis­plays can take hours to erect, time-crunched hol­i­day cel­e­brants can still cre­ate fes­tive, wel­com­ing dis­plays.

HANG HOL­I­DAY WREATHS

Hol­i­day en­thu­si­asts with­out much time to dec­o­rate can in­vest in a cou­ple of hol­i­day wreaths, which can be dressed up as much or as lit­tle as cel­e­brants prefer. If you do not have the time to string lights on the house, wrap them around wreaths hung in win­dows or hang the wreaths on a home’s main en­trance. Cel­e­brants who want to go a less tra­di­tional route can hang wreaths made of holly, citrus fruits, rib­bons, or any other green­ery in­stead of the more cus­tom­ary ev­er­green wreaths.

DEC­O­RATE WITH OR­NA­MENTS

Or­na­ments are not ex­clu­sive to Christ­mas trees. Fill a vase or bowl with metal­lic or­na­ments and place it in a prom­i­nent lo­ca­tion, such as a busy hall­way or the foyer of your home. Hang or­na­ments on clear fil­a­ment from the man­tle or within the main win­dow of the house, where they can re­flect tree lights and add sparkle.

BRING IN MORE GREEN­ERY

Drape ev­er­green boughs on stair­case handrail­ings or on the man­tle, or use green­ery to frame door­ways. The scent will be invit­ing and things in­stantly will look more fes­tive.

USE THROWS AND DEC­O­RA­TIVE PIL­LOWS

Change the look of a room with hol­i­day-col­ored decor if you do not want to clut­ter the space with knick­knacks. A red and green blan­ket draped over the sofa can give off a com­fort­ing hol­i­day vibe.

FO­CUS ON THE FRONT DOOR AND EN­TRY­WAY

Cel­e­brants who do not have the time to dec­o­rate their en­tire homes can cre­ate a warm, invit­ing space by dec­o­rat­ing their front doors and en­try­ways. Place green­ery, bows, tin­sel, lights, and win­ter-in­spired ac­ces­sories by the front door so friends and fam­ily vis­it­ing for the sea­son catch the hol­i­day spirit the mo­ment they walk through the door.

PLACE LED CAN­DLES IN WIN­DOWS

Rather than con­tend­ing with twin­kle lights and elec­tric cords, home­own­ers can em­ploy bat­tery-op­er­ated faux can­dles to cre­ate a homey ap­peal in win­dows and hall­ways through­out their homes. Sim­plify hol­i­day dec­o­rat­ing with some easy tips to make houses cozy and fes­tive.

Cel­e­brants who do not have the time to dec­o­rate their en­tire homes can cre­ate a warm, invit­ing space by dec­o­rat­ing their front doors and en­try­ways.

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