Do’s and Don’ts for Holiday Decorating

Now that we’ve all recovered from our turkey hangover, it’s time to decorate for the holiday season! Decorations add lots of cheer to the chilly and sometimes rainy holiday season. Whether you’re decorating for Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, I’m sharing some of my favorite decorating tips and tricks with you. Let’s get started.

Decorate every room in your home. Keep your decorations cohesive so they tell a story – your story. Choose colors and a theme or style that suits you!

Add festive throw pillows in the bedroom. You can even wrap garland or festive ribbon around the headboard and footboard of the beds. Kids love mini trees or light-up menorahs in the room. Add a small dish with greenery and a scented candle in the powder room for a cheery touch. In most cases I employ the adage of “less is more.”

Do’s and Don’ts for Holiday Decorating

Hosting dinner? Holiday tables are a great way to let your personality shine. Select your favorite linens, mix and match your dishes for a bit of flavor. Combine china with your everyday wear and don’t forget to add a floral arrangement or two. Keep them low so they don’t compromise your conversations. Use unscented candles so they don’t interfere with the aromas of all the delicious food you’ve prepared. Instead of place cards, use ornaments, dreidels, coins or mini-pinatas or masks at each table setting with your guests’ names on them. These will be a great memento of the holiday too.

If you’re wrapping gifts, keep your theme in mind. Wrap gifts in paper that compliment the rest of your decorations. Big rolls of double-faced ribbon can be used on gifts, to hang door decorations, drape around your garland and hang ornaments, dreidels, piñatas or masks from your chandelier.

If you have little ones, try making an advent calendar. String mini stockings or little drawstring pouches through garland or wide ribbon and fill them with little surprises. Building anticipation is fun for everyone!

When it comes to decorating your front door, I’m going back to the “less is more” statement. Avoid overcrowding the entry of your home by using one prominent piece, like a big wreath. It’s welcoming and classy.

Everyone in the neighborhood loves a house that’s beautifully decorated for the holidays. Hanging lights on the house adds holiday cheer, but decide in advance how you’ll hang them and gather all of your supplies before you begin this task. If it involves a ladder, have an assistant to hold it steady for you. Use light clips that attach to your gutters vs. a staple gun that can damage your wood and create other problems down the road. You could also accidentally staple through the wire and that could be a hair-raising experience. All jokes aside, safety comes first when tackling this holiday project.

Skipping the oversized inflatables will keep the exterior of your home looking neat and tidy. Inflatables are not eco-friendly, as they require a large amount of energy, but if you’ve got kiddos I get it. One inflatable strategically placed will be worth the smiles on their faces.

Keep the use of extension cords to a minimum in an effort to prevent a fire or trip hazard. Ensure anything you use to decorate outdoors is rated to withstand the moisture and temperatures.

Hannukkah table setting

Hope these tips were helpful! However you choose to decorate, make it uniquely yours. Coastal Design by Kim is happy to help give you holiday decorating ideas for your home. Call us today at (850) 904-6622.

Wishing you and yours a festive and safe holiday season! Cheers and happy 2023!