Decorating for Christmas? Creative ideas that won't break your budget

Decorating for Christmas? Creative ideas that won't break your budget
Santa decorating for the holidays

Santa decorating for the holidays

Decorating your home for the holiday season doesn't have to be expensive, even if you plan on hosting a big group. With a little bit of planning, you'll be able to decorate your entire home for the holidays in an affordable way.

Living room

The living room is typically the main room in the house where the family and guests gather during the holidays, so it makes sense to pay special attention to this space when decorating for Thanksgiving, Christmas and other holidays.

  • Apply non-traditional colors: Instead of sticking to the traditional Christmas colors of red and green, apply non-traditional colors that may match your living room decor better. For example, if brown is the dominant color scheme in your living room, spray orange paint on pine cones, baubles and artificial berries to work with the brown tone.
  • Create a wintry feel: If your living room is blue or white, transform it into a wintry wonderland or evoke the reflection of moonlight on snow by decorating your fireplace with silver baubles or soft blue candles. Have little empty boxes wrapped in soft blue wrappers and place them around the room.
  • Inject some greenery: If you prefer to instill a fresh look to your living space, decorate your window sill and fire place with fresh mistletoe, berries, yew, holly and spruce. Introducing some greenery in the room during winter is a way to add life and freshness to the otherwise cold and colorless season.
  • Use different shades: Since your Christmas tree will be the centerpiece in your living room, consider decorating it using different shades of a dominant color for an added visual effect. For example, if your tree accessories are mostly red, try adding different shades of red to the tree such as bright maroon, rusty red, crimson, burgundy and Tuscan red.

Dining Room

The dining room is typically the second focal point in the home because this is where family members and guests gather to have a celebratory meal. Create a festive atmosphere by taking special care in decorating the room and dining table and making sure that your ornaments blend in with the theme of the occasion and overall color scheme.

  • Match your colors: Instead of sticking strictly to the traditional red and green colors, try something novel by using decorations that blend in with the color of your furniture and wall. If your furniture is beige, a gold theme will look great in the room.
  • Stick to natural elements: Create a rustic feel in your dining room by placing pine cones, branches and miniature firs along the center of your dining table. Place a small Yule log covered with mistletoe and red berries in the middle of the table. For an even more festive flair, place pine cones beside each plate on the table and insert a small card with your family members' and guests' names in-between the grooves. Add a touch of nature by tying each cloth napkin with a berry sprig and bordering each base of drinking glass with red berries.
  • Add a flicker of light: Include a cluster of white and red lit candles on either sides of your dining table to evoke a warm, cozy ambiance to the room. White connotes spiritual enlightenment while red symbolizes health, love and excitement. Take your candle decorations up a notch by adding springs of cedar and placing your candle in a glass cylinder.
  • Conjure an aura of magic: Create a magical feel this Christmas by working with silvery decorative objects. Silver connotes tradition, ornate riches, mystery and magic. To add sparkle to your dining table, use silver paper doilies and lay silver Christmas ball ornaments and plastic silver snowflakes beside each plate. Take the silver concept one step further by tying each cloth napkin with a silver ribbon. If you choose to use paper napkins instead, choose those with silver accents.

The choice of color and design affects every aspect of your Christmas reunion planning from decorations to food selection and from linens to presents. When decorating, select colors that fit your room's color scheme and theme of the occasion.

If you need professional advice on color coordination in your Christmas decorations, consider hiring an interior decorator.

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