If you’re a new homeowner, you’ve probably been focusing more on moving than on decorating for the holiday season. Perhaps you haven’t found all of your decorations in the moving boxes yet. Or maybe you’re just ready for a fresh holiday look — a new home deserves new holiday traditions. These four simple holiday decorating ideas can get you started.
1. Consider an artificial tree. Real trees can be high maintenance. Between watering, sweeping up needles, and disposing of the tree after the holidays, it may be more trouble than it’s worth, especially with all the tasks on your new-homeowner to-do list. Artificial trees are less messy and easier to set up than real trees, and because you use them year after year, they can save you money over time. Artificial trees, like these from The Home Depot, come with or without lights and are available in your favorite species, whether it’s fir, pine, or spruce.
For something different, choose a nontraditional tinsel tree in a bright color or even white. Or get a smaller colored tree for the kitchen or a kid’s bedroom to complement your main tree.
2. Decide on a theme. Buying new decorations allows you to create a cohesive look that’s hard to do with a collection that has been cobbled together over the years. Mismatched but meaningful holiday decor can be charming, but this is a great opportunity to create a clean, unified theme.
Looking for ideas? Try a snowman theme. Pair white ornaments with multicolored lights for a bit of contrast. Instead of the traditional tinsel garland, use elegant silver-and-white wired ribbon. To carry the look throughout the rest of your home, stick to a similar color scheme and themed decorations in other areas, including wired ribbon on your mantel and banister. As a final touch, add snowmen figurines in the dining room and powder room to echo the tree’s theme.
3. Lighten up. Festive lighting is one of the easiest ways to give your home a holiday feel.
4. Think beyond holiday decor. Your decorations don’t have to scream “holidays” to be festive. Toss a red knit throw blanket across the back of your couch to give it color and texture, or scatter a collection of pretty mercury glass votives across your mantel. A handful of greenery placed in a simple white vase can be beautiful and make your house smell amazing. Even plain white dishes on a green tablecloth can feel celebratory.
Friends and family will be wowed by your new home and unique Christmas decorations, so enjoy the season and leave the rest of the unpacking for the new year.