You might think it’s too early to even think about decking out your home with winter decorations. However, studies have shown that those who get the early jump on holiday decorating may actually be keener on capturing the joys of winter as the season transitions from fall into winter. Spending time with the ones you love is just one of the many benefits that come with decking your halls a little earlier than usual.
What’s easier than hanging a simple wreath on your front door? Putting out a winter wreath is one of the simplest decorating measures one can take as the holiday season ramps up – making them an ideal place to begin when kick-starting your festive decorating.
Stringing up lights and decking your mantle with garland can be a time-consuming process, but wreath hanging is as simple as hammering a nail to your door or wall and resting the wreath on it. Pulling out your wreath storage bag and hanging up your decoration first thing allows you to get in the spirit before having to tackle the larger decorating tasks.
From adding a soft glow of cozy ambiance inside to being hung with care outside, nothing quite signals the arrival of the holiday season like decking your halls – decking everything for that matter – with twinkling lights. There are four types to consider, each type fulfilling a glowing white or kitschy multicolored archetype.
Most traditional are incandescent lights, perfect for rocking around a holiday tree. LED lights are a newer addition to the holiday light cannon, twinkling bright in the night without producing heat, making them the ideal candidate for outdoor decorating.
White lights are renowned for their classic, elegant beauty. They provide subtlety while accenting the more prominent decorations around your home. The simple, understated nature of white lights gives you the freedom to adorn your mantle or bannister with more elaborate accessories without having to worry about clashing.
Multicolored lights are beloved for their playful nostalgia. If fun is your first priority, then consider adorning your tree, porch, eaves, outdoor trees and shrubs – anything and everything with colorful lights as opposed to classic white. There’s a level of unpredictable irreverence that comes with colorful lights, making them ideal for mixing up the traditional flare of holiday glimmer.
Keeping warm is a top priority for everyone come wintertime, so why not integrate staying cozy and toasty into your decorating scheme? The Danish concept of Hygge is the art of creating a comfortable, relaxing home that’s more or less the atmospheric equivalent of a warm, fuzzy blanket. Before the holidays arrive in full swing, fill your home with décor such as a sweater wreath that brings coziness to the forefront. Starting off the season in a relaxing atmosphere will make the frenzy of the holidays that much easier to deal with.
Whether you live in the blizzard belt or in the dry heat of the desert, snow themed décor is a staple of the winter months. Pale blues, glistening silvers, and crisp snow whites make up an icy color palette you can utilize in your wintry décor scheme for a chilled aesthetic without the cold temperatures.
Artificial snowmen can add a bit of wintry cheer to your front porch or walkway while homemade paper snowflakes look charming when strung up in your home’s windows. You can even spread DIY fake snow along your mantle or throughout your back deck, provided you lay down one of your custom tarps first for easy clean up come season’s end.
The evergreen trees of winter can provide plenty of decorating inspiration both inside your home and out. No matter what type of trees you have growing in your yard, be them oak or palm, outdoor friendly string lights make for eye catching décor the whole neighborhood can enjoy and admire. Just be sure to start your stringing early on in the day so they are ready to light up the night without delay. Protective outdoor chair covers or loveseat covers with personalized holiday graphics add cheer to your tree decorations and preserve the integrity of your furniture when the harsh elements of winter arrive in full force.
As far as indoor trees go, both artificial and natural greenery serve as blank canvases for your winter inspired creative flourishes. Consider sprucing up your mantle with boughs of fresh holly or DIY iced branches that bring the frost indoors, minus the cold. When prepping to set up your tree or garlands, be sure to lay down some custom tarps to catch any errant needles or leaves, and be sure to have your upright Christmas tree storage bag on hand when it’s time to pack up the greens for next winter.
We can all agree that homemade decorations have a charm to them that no store-bought baubles can recreate. This is especially true for the winter creations crafted by little ones thrilled with the arrival of the holiday season. Get your crafting done early with a designated DIY day that the whole family can get in on, complete with a bevy of craft supplies for making everything from tree ornaments to DIY snow globes.
The Ribbons and Bows
With everything soon to be wrapped to the nines you’re definitely going to need reliable ribbons and bows to accentuate your presents. No matter if you purchase pre-made bows at your local holiday market or go the DIY route, strategic placement is key when it comes to decking your halls.
Wreaths make a great anchor for ornate, attention-grabbing bows that require a solid base. For a more understated look, consider stringing smaller sets of bows along a garland or affixing them to a string of outdoor lights.
The winter wonderland decorations outside your home are just as important as the ones inside. An aesthetic celebration of the holiday season can be both spirited and safe with simple and savvy solutions for protecting your outdoor furniture with a holiday twist.