Decorating your home to the nines will surely make your family and visitors feel special and cherished over the holidays. Ultimately, the small, detailed touches you add to the home will reflect how you feel about everyone you invite into your space. So, what makes a lavishly decorated home stand out above the rest? An abundance of embellishments, unique and unexpected touches, and a variety of textures. Keep reading for the best Christmas home decorating tips to add luxurious updates to your living space, Christmas tree, and bedroom suites for the holidays.
Living Room Luxury
The home’s living room is typically center stage for holiday gatherings. Since the multi-purpose area is used for everything from present wrapping on the floor to front-row seating on Christmas morning, it’s important to dress up the space so it feels special and unique. Adding a few elegant touches to your space will go a long way to impress party guests, family, and friends.
As you begin decorating, start with the large architectural items such as the fireplace mantel and stairwell. Add lavish, multi-tone garland to each space, and then thread a string of twinkle lights along the stairwell and add some flameless candles to the mantel. Then, add some small, globe-shaped ornaments to catch the light, and possibly place a mirror above the mantel to reflect the glow. Next, temporarily replace plain throw pillows with ones covered in interesting textures, such as faux fur and rich, dark velvet. Fill a basket with coordinating, silky-soft, quilted throw blankets and place it next to the fireplace or couch for easy access. For accessories, choose elegant items that fall in line with your room’s existing neutral color scheme to elevate the style of the room. For example, try a pair of potted white lilac topiaries wrapped with a silver ribbon, or a vintage gold bowl dish filled with glitter-dipped pinecones and poinsettia blooms.
A Statement Tree
The main statement piece in a well-decorated home is the Christmas tree. Whether your taste is traditional or modern, everyone can appreciate a Biltmore-worthy Christmas tree dripping in glistening lights, interesting ornaments, and coordinating ribbon. Just remember that the tree is the centerpiece of your holiday decorating; everything on it should coordinate color-wise with the rest of your home’s décor.
To give your tree an ultra-glam and modern look, try using a color combination of gold, silver, and black. Yes, black. Just think of your tree as a little black dress, accessorized with gold and silver adornments. Depending on the theme of your home, you could also try vanilla-colored velvet ribbon with opulent gold ornaments and a few glitter-dipped pinecones. If you prefer classic Christmas colors, use a combination of dark red ribbon, ivory and silver ornaments, and accents of snow-covered cranberries.
If you are using an artificial tree, spiral additional garland around the entire tree, from top to bottom, to hide the center pole. As you wrap, push the garland towards the center and between the branches. Choose garland that is a slightly lighter or darker color than your tree. Overall, wrapping your tree in garland will give it extra volume and “oomph” in addition to adding another layer of color.
After you have separated and “fluffed” all the branches on your tree, generously add white twinkle lights. Next, wrap the tree loosely with 3-inch thick lush black (or ivory) velvet ribbon, starting at the top and working your way down on a diagonal slant. Starting back at the top, count 6 inches of ribbon, and then push that point in towards the center of the tree (this will create a billowing effect). You might also want to consider diagonally wrapping the tree with a string of gold beads or crystals.
After you have finished with the necessities, it’s time to start hanging ornaments. Choose similar shapes, such as a traditional ball ornament, but vary the sizes and finishes. The simple and monochromatic color arrangement paired with the varying size ornaments will leave your tree looking unmistakably couture. In addition to varying the size of the ornaments, also choose an assortment of finishes, such as glass, matte, chrome, glitter-covered, and fabric-covered. Once your tree is covered in ball ornaments, add another layer of unexpected touches to communicate your tree’s theme and personality. This might include ornaments such as cardinals and birdhouses, music note ornaments and a few rolled up sheets of music tucked between the branches, or a collection of gold travel ornaments and a vintage suitcase underneath the tree to hold presents.
Plush Bedroom Suites
If guests are visiting your home for the holidays, consider sprucing up your guest suite. And, if you are not hosting for the holidays, why not treat your master bedroom to the same posh upgrade? After a long journey (or long day at work), there’s nothing that warms the soul more than stepping into your own personal “winter wonderland.” Think of what would make the room feel lavish, comfortable, warm, and inviting, such as a holiday duvet cover with matching shams and some plush red bath towels and robes. If the space is large enough, consider adding an electric fireplace for ambiance and a flat screen TV mounted on the wall above. Spare no expense when it comes to bed linens, as you will want your guests (or yourself) to settle down between oh-so-soft sheets for a long winter’s nap.
Whether you set out to decorate your entire home from top to bottom, or choose to focus on only a few elegant upgrades, a mixture of interesting textures, accessories, and embellishments will give your space the “wow” factor you’ve been looking for. Get in tune with your home’s existing personality, and then add some posh additions to really make the space shine!