How to Decorate for Christmas Like a Pro!

Posted by Mary Nyffeler on Nov 7th 2021

How to Decorate for Christmas Like a Pro!

And just like that the holidays are upon us! Fall decorations still grace our front porches, with touches of orange and red inside as well. The strongest leaves are clinging to the trees, and our attention is turned to Thanksgiving dinner preparations. Once the pie is consumed and dishes are done, if you’re anything like me, you immediately turn to Christmas decorating! This is by far our most favorite season to decorate for, which you’ll see when you walk in our doors! Here are a couple winning tips for creating a beautiful Christmas atmosphere in your home this year!

Carry the Theme Around the Room

An excellent decorating scheme ALWAYS starts with a theme. Once you’ve determined your focus (like Santa or Snowmen) and a color pallet (like black, white and red), it’s time to execute the plan. Your goal is to tie the room (or the whole house if you’re feeling ambitious) together - from the tree, to your mantels and table tops, to the entryway and other small nooks around the room.

A few areas where just one the theme/color scheme used could be bring a specific room’s seasonal decor together:

  • The tree
  • Across the mantel
  • On table tops and on shelves (think trays and bowls)

For example, instead of throwing all you have of a single style of greenery in just one big vase on a table, you may want you use a few of the stems on the mantel, some more of the same stem in the tree top, and tuck a few more in a tray arrangement with some beautiful ornaments in the same color scheme. Now you have one cohesive look around the room.

Vary the Scene

You may be thinking, “Okay great, so I’m supposed to decorate my mantel and tables, but how do I make them really pop?” The three keys to creating a beautiful table-scape or mantel arrangement:

Use Elevation

For example, instead of lining all of your snowmen up in a row, add interest by varying their heights - try elevating with different heights of pillar holders or even little wrapped boxes done up in your chosen color scheme.

Choose One Focal Point

Your focal point can also serve the purpose of elevation- but this is your piece de resistance here. A favorite Santa or nativity set, a stately flameless candle with a beautiful accent ring, or decorated lantern would do the trick. It might be your largest and tallest item in the arrangement, and is usually close to center stage.

Color scheme (there’s that theme showing up again!)

Nothing pulls a scene together quite like a color scheme. Keep this in mind when selecting your focal point and filler pieces, and make sure it jives with the rest of the room!

Bonus element: Texture!

Not everything on the arrangement should be smooth, shiny, or matte in finish. It often works well to add elements with different textures and finishes - like a soft evergreen stem, with a rough and natural a pinecone, a shiny ball ornament, or even a sparkly, glittery, or “snowy” element to keep things interesting.

Here’s an Example

Let’s say your theme is Santa, and your colors could be red, white, and black. Use element of various heights and textures, such as tall Santa (with a fluffy beard and velvet coat) with shiny black candle holders in different heights up on the mantel, and some satin white and shiny red ornaments (with “snow”) and picks in a tray arrangement on the coffee table. Add a pair of glittery white reindeer across the way on a side table, and you’ve got a variety of heights, textures in a cohesive color scheme to carry your look around the room. Make sure Santa makes his appearance on the tree, above the fireplace or on the wall, and remember that cookie plate!

Using these tips will make your home look festive, fun, and full of Christmas spirit! We would love to help you dream up your theme this year and pick some great pieces to carry it out! Stay tuned for some great strategies for decorating your best Christmas tree yet!