Tuesday, 12 November 2013
Christmas is a hectic time of year to say the least; Christmas seems to come earlier and earlier each year as decorations, advertising on TV and shops seem to fill their stores before we even feel autumn pass. It's easy to feel under pressure in the festive season and whilst it's good to get in the festive spirit you don't want to create unnecessary pressure on yourself. If you're on a budget, as most of us tend to be, it's a great opportunity to expose your creative side and enjoy putting up the Christmas decorations that need not be a chore.
Firstly, you will need some preparation work to be carried out; this includes having a general tidy up around the house and clearing any unnecessary clutter. Usually Christmas decorations get left till the last minute and early preparation will help you stay on top of the rush. Think of it like an early spring clean, you will feel all the better and be able to see and appreciate the decorations in your home without the worry they are just covering up an already cluttered house. Making that extra effort will be worth it.
Whilst every area of the house may want to be decorated, try and focus on the areas and spaces that will be most lived in a visited by guests in your home. For example the kitchen and your living room. That way you can start with the centrally focused areas and work outwards; again not feeling the need to cover every square inch of your home. One of the most important features to your home is the Christmas tree; perhaps it is the most important. Try not to over decorate your tree, choose your colours, your theme and stick to it.
A popular idea is to tie ribbons in bows around the living room on door handles, around candles, curtain holders. Placing flowers, artificial or natural around the house will bring fresh and vibrancy into your home. Festive flowers such as mistletoe, Christmas flowers and ivy are suggestions for decorations. Hang stocking around the fireplace for a more traditional living room look. Glass bowls are great for filling with water for floating candle decorations, petals, or leaves. You could even fill your bowls with crisp pine cones, sprayed silver snow or gold for effect, as well as glass balls or marbles. The more innovative your ideas are you create the greater satisfaction it will bring when guests comment on how original and festively warm your home feels.