Do you envy those people who seem to have an effortless knack for home decorating? You don't have to be born with a designing gene to add a festive touch to your Springs at Corpus Christi apartment home. Just in time for the holidays, we've put together a list of the top seasonal decorating tips and tricks that will have your home looking worthy of a photo in a magazine!
1. Bring the Outdoors Inside
Nature takes on a special beauty during fall and winter. Colorful leaves, branches of berries, pine cones and holly sprigs provide a rustic seasonal element to your decor. As an added bonus, you can stretch your budget by simply gathering these items outdoors instead of purchasing them.
2. Experiment with Different Color Palettes
Traditional color themes like red and green or autumn hues like rust and eggplant will always be in style, but that doesn't keep you from trying out some unexpected choices. Blue and white is an elegant combination, while metallic hues create some contemporary drama.
3. Stay Holiday-Neutral
Limiting the number of holiday-specific pieces in favor of more general seasonal accents allows you to enjoy the decor even after the holidays are over.
4. Reuse and Recycle
Give new life to old items by incorporating them into this year's decorations. Turn holiday cards into a charming collage, doorway trimming or place cards. Use yarn to string gloves and mittens without a mate into a unique garland.
5. Don't Forget the Other Senses
Don't limit decorating to visual elements. Use candles, potpourri or air fresheners to layer luscious scents like apple cinnamon, peppermint or French vanilla. Hang jingle bells from doorknobs and keep some festive music going in the CD or MP3 player.
6. The Magic of Lights
Lighting has a huge effect on a room's ambiance. Candles and strings of lights create a warm glow that turns your home into a cozy retreat on a winter night.
7. Multitasking Drinkware
Glass provides structure that doesn't interfere with visuals, making it a perfect material for containers. Take advantage of glassware in your cabinets to make decorations like filling a champagne flute with streamers and coiled ribbon or placing a single ornament in a martini glass.
8. Create Holiday "Artwork"
Turn pictures, photos and other wall hangings into easy DIY decorations by wrapping them with paper, ribbons and bows to simulate brightly-packaged gifts.
Holiday decorating is a great opportunity to let your imagination run free. Do you have a favorite tip to add to the list? Share it with us in the comments!