The winter holidays are coming and it's time to start putting up decorations. No matter what the weather’s like outside, there’s no reason your apartment can’t be decorated in a way that makes you feel warm and cozy. Here are some tips on how to bring some winter cheer into your apartment home.
If you’re not up to setting up and decorating a full-size tree, consider getting a compact, tabletop version. An end table can make the perfect perch for this size table. Another option is to take several evergreen branches and place them into a tall vase or two on a table or windowsill to create a simple, but stylish solution.
Create a practical-yet-festive look by using pillows, throws and other everyday accessories in traditional colors or ones that complement your chosen holiday color scheme. This will allow you to use the decor long after the holidays have passed without it becoming tiring.
Ornaments Aren’t Just for Trees
The tree is not the only place you can showcase your holiday ornaments. Find a tall clear vase or large glass bowl and fill it up with holiday-colored ornaments. The larger the container the more dramatic this easy, no-fuss decoration will be.
Deck the Air
Few things bring back holiday memories than scents. Candles or potpourri in scents like cinnamon, peppermint or gingerbread provide a wonderfully nostalgic feel. Not into candles? Try tying bundles of cinnamon sticks with colored ribbon and incorporate them into a table centerpiece or wreath to make your apartment home smell fantastic.
A glass or silver bowl or tray filled with pine cones, short evergreen branches, pomegranates and can create a simple-yet-festive look for your holiday table. If you’re feeling a bit more crafty, find a straight, sturdy branch and carve out depressions just large enough to hold tea lights. Then sprinkle the branch with white or silver glitter. Add some pine cones, evergreen sprigs and a few cinnamon sticks around the edges to complete the look.
Create Package "Art"
Turn your pictures, mirrors or even interior doors into quick and easy holiday art by wrapping them with holiday paper and ribbon to make them look like brightly-packaged gifts. Or create package “towers,” by wrapping and stacking sequentially smaller empty gift boxes and tying them together with festive ribbon. Use the tower to fill an empty corner of your room, on an entry table or as a centerpiece.
We hope these suggestions will inspire you to come up with your own stylish holiday decorations. If you have more decorating tips you’d like to share, please leave them in the comments section.