With the holidays right around the corner, we wouldn’t blame you if you’ve already put up your tree. It’s been an unusual year to say the least and we could all use some extra holiday cheer this season to close out 2020 with some joy. But when you’ve got a whole house to decorate, it can be hard to know where to start. Here, we’re sharing our four favorite spots in the home to decorate for the holidays, so you can achieve a few polished vignettes that are focused and complete instead of a haphazard decor scheme that’s sparse and random. Whether your personal decorating style leans more traditional or contemporary, these tips can easily be applied to any aesthetic with ease.
Start with the entryway
Your entryway is the perfect way to make a great first impression for anyone who visits your home, or even the postal carrier who delivers the endless stream of packages packed with gifts for others and a few for yourself over the next few weeks. We love the look of a classic wreath on the front door, but that doesn’t mean it can only be pine needles and red ribbon. Play around with different color palettes and materials to create a nontraditional wreath that speaks to your style. If you have the space, you can flank your front door with candles, snowmen or any other decorative accents you treasure. Inside, carry the look through to your entryway by dressing up your console table with a garland, candles, Christmas extras and more. Styling your entryway will set a festive tone in your home, even if you don’t have every square foot decked out with holiday ready decor.
A mantle of possibilities
There’s nothing more quintessential to the holiday season than chestnuts roasting on an open fire and stockings hanging above. The mantle is a perfect, small space to create a polished and well-appointed vignette all centered by a roaring, cozy fire at its center. As a bonus, decorating this space won’t take away from any valuable table space like your coffee table or kitchen countertop that you and your family make use of on a daily basis. From the mantle itself, to hanging hooks for stockings, to the floor tiles framing your fireplace, there are so many spaces around the fireplace that lend themselves perfectly to holiday decorating, meaning you can pack a lot of style into this small space. And a stylish holiday mantle is the perfect backdrop for holiday photos or your next social media post that’s sure to get plenty of likes.
Mix in festive textiles
The sad truth of holiday decorating is sometimes its way more fun to look at than to live with. And if you’re a modern minimalist, you probably don’t want to clutter your home with seasonal decor for two months just to infuse the space with a bit of festive cheer. But here’s the best part, you don’t have to layer in any more pieces than you already have in order to get your space ready for the holidays. One of our favorite tricks to get ready for the holidays is by swapping out your existing pillows and throws for holiday ones. This can be as subtle as migrating to a red, green or white color palette or as immersive as bringing in your favorite reindeer textiles. Since the weather is turning colder, you’ll probably want to add in extra blankets and throws anyway, so it’s the perfect opportunity to choose ones that celebrate the season in style.
Get winter-ready in the kitchen
Just like your home textiles, the kitchen is another place where you can swap out your standard cookware and utensils for something a little more festive. It’s a little kitschy, but oh so fun to cook during the holidays with holiday themed spatulas, baking sheets, dishes and more. And since we spend so much more time in the kitchen during this season, it’s only fair to make it a little more fun. If you’re stuck on what to buy those tough customers on your list, kitchen decor and necessities are a great, affordable option that they’ll actually use. From salt and pepper shakers to a red cooking dish to prepare the turkey, there are endless ways to make your kitchen a more festive gathering space for the holidays.