Thursday, 2 November 2017

How to Add a Little Christmas Spirit to Your Living Room

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and for people who love putting up Christmas decorations, the best place to start is the living room. Studies suggest that people who decorate early for the holidays tend to be happier than those who do not. Psychoanalyst Steve McKeown discussed the subject and said that “In a world full of stress and anxiety, people like to associate to things that make them happy and Christmas decorations evoke those strong feelings of the childhood.”

Traditionally, the living room is the place for entertaining guests and spending time with family, as well as for putting up a Christmas tree and opening presents on Christmas day. And while the research focuses on those who decorate early for the season, it’s never too late to begin choosing a tree and decking it out with festive baubles.

However, there’s more to holiday decorating than simply having a Christmas tree. Here are some ways you can spread the season’s cheer throughout your living room.

Bring in other foliage

Decorating with fresh evergreen garlands and wreaths are a perfect way to bring in the holiday spirit. Complement the greenery with in-season fruits like lemons and oranges to add more colour and excitement to your decorations. You can even drape garlands around doorways and banisters, or hang wreaths on doors and over the mantel.

Another great way to welcome in the Christmas season is to fill a vase or glass bowl with cinnamon sticks and pinecones, which will bring in all the scents usually associated with Christmas. You can complement these with gold or marble accents, a trend I recently featured . Gold and marble go great with natural décor, and can easily add a sense of elegance to your living room.

Glow and behold

Christmas lights are one great example of classic holiday decor. Ideal Home Magazine recommends using honey-coloured lights to add warmth and holiday cheer to your living room. You can drape them from the ceiling and around mirrors, or intertwine them with the branches of houseplants and Christmas wreaths. The glow from the lights will also bring out the charm in your Christmas tree and baubles.

Complement them with ornamental candles in Christmas lanterns, and you’ve got a picturesque holiday scene.

Decorate your mantelpiece

Another key place to decorate for the holidays is the fireplace. However, if your fireplace doesn’t actually work, House and Home suggests a number of ways to transform this architectural detail. Use it as a place to display décor or even twinkle lights to create a faux fire.

For homeowners with working fireplaces, the mantelpiece is still a great asset for holiday decorations. Dress it with cheery cyclamen, eucalyptus, and other festive ornaments and evergreens. You can even transform it entirely by changing your fire surround. Screwfix has a comprehensive range of fireplace surrounds that are built out of materials such as oak and pine which are both synonymous with Christmas. Using a material such as oak or pine in your living room will not only add a bit of class, it will also add a bit of festive spirit too just waiting to be draped in Christmas decorations.

Add a personal touch

Last but not least, add a personal touch to your home. Christmas is a time for making memories with family and friends, so why not showcase those memories in the living room itself?

Display Christmas photos and pretty holiday cards by placing them on tables or doorways, or pin them onto your Christmas tree. Alternatively, Reader’s Digest recommends stringing them together to drape on walls, or pinning them onto your Christmas lights.

In addition, another holiday décor idea is to transform old favourites to match the season. Fill a bookcase with photographs or holiday ornaments, or use vases to hold candy canes (sweets) and other Christmas treats.

Did you like these ideas, or do you have any of your own to share? Feel free to give suggestions in our comments section below!


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