Holiday Decorating Tips

  • Before purchasing any new decorating supplies, determine what you already have as well as your plan of action.
  • Donate items that you no longer want.
  • Browse through magazines and the Web for ideas.
  • Shop your home for everyday items that can be repurposed for the holiday season.
  • Determine your color theme and carry this throughout your home.
  • Use the 60-30-10 rule when using color. For example: If your color theme consists of red, green and gold, your red decorations would make up 60% of the color, green – 30%, and gold – 10%.
  • Displaying items in odd numbers is usually more pleasing to the eye. Think 3-5-7 and remember to keep collections together for greater impact and visual interest.
  • For an old-style “Williamsburg” look, use fruit in your arrangements indoors as well as outdoors.
  • Look to nature for inspiration. A walk in the woods is not only great for the body and soul during this hectic season, but it is also an opportunity to gather pinecones, greenery and berries; all for FREE!
  • Engage your children or grandchildren in helping out, allowing them to express their creative abilities.
  • Look for opportunities to create holiday traditions with your family members.
  • Dare to think outside the box.

Fun Ideas

  • Dress your windows outside (or framed artwork inside) like a present.
  • Decorate your chandelier with strands of colorful beads, ribbons and/or small ornaments.
  • Adorn your birdfeeder with greenery, gazing ball and ornaments.
  • Decorate a tree with hanging pinecones covered in peanut butter and birdseed (this is a great craft for kids.) Keep a “bird book” nearby so the kids can have fun researching the feathered friends that come and visit.