Get your home ready for ChristmasPosted on November 9th, 2018
The idea of decking your halls for Christmas can be both exciting and daunting. Let’s be honest, nobody really wants to do the decorating, we just want the end result! However, with our tips, you’ll be able to get your home ready for Christmas quickly and easily. Here’s how.
Pick a theme
To get your home ready for Christmas the right way, you’re going to need a theme. Themes tie in the whole look and truly set the mood for the type of Christmas you want to have. Modern Christmas decorations come in a whole range of colours and styles, so you can really personalise your décor.
For example, you could go for an all-white theme complete with a white tree and silver decorations. Another idea could be traditional, with a real tree, red and green everything, and warm gold trimmings. You could even think outside the box and pick a totally unique theme. Why not try the on-trend rose gold? Whatever you pick, do what feels right for you and your space.
Make a plan
Yes, this is the super boring part, but it really helps. Before you go pulling out all your decorations from the loft or buying new ones, create a plan of how you want everything to look. Consider what would look good in the space and draw out a mini map of where to place everything. It doesn’t have to be the most detailed plan, just a rough guideline. It will save you pulling décor items from one end of the room to the other.
As well as deciding what will go where, think of how you will arrange colours and textures to really make your décor pop. Add pattern, sparkle and texture to otherwise dull areas as this will add interest. Luckily, Christmas time has ample opportunity for adding sparkle!
Get the large items in place first, then medium, then small
Have you ever heard of the Rock, Pebbles and Sand analogy? It goes like this: If you have a jar, a few large rocks, many small pebbles, and a bag of sand, how would you go about filling the jar?
If you place the small pebbles in first, then you won’t have enough room for the large rocks. Likewise, if you fill the jar with sand first, then you won’t have room for any of the rocks to fit properly. You must therefore get the rocks in first, then the pebbles, then the sand. Although this analogy usually refers to setting priorities in life, you can also apply it to your decorating.
The jar represents the room, the large rocks the bigger decor items, the pebbles the small décor items, and sand the finishing touches. Big items would be things like the Christmas tree and dining table. The ‘pebbles’ would be things like stockings, figurines, tinsel and baubles, presents (yes, they can be décor), table settings and Christmas lights. The finishing touches are all of the tiny details that add to the quintessentially ‘Christmas’ mood. Think scented candles, Christmas music, holly, mistletoe… the list goes on!
Now that you’ve arranged all of your Christmas decorations, it’s time to make it cosy. After all, what would Christmas be without a comfortable place to sit and enjoy the festive mood?
A good place to start is by adding blankets on the ends of couches to provide easily accessible warmth. They’re much more comfortable than a jacket or cardigan, and you can match them with your décor. You can always tuck them away in a storage cupboard or underneath the couch if you don’t like the look of it.
Another way to make the house feel snug is to make use of atmospheric lighting. We talk a lot about the importance of lighting at Seddon, and for good reason; lighting can transform a room from clinical to cosy in seconds. Light affects our mood more than we know, and so it’s really worth investing in a couple of different light sources. For example, candles are a great way to add an intimate vibe for a quiet night of film watching, and table lamps offer perfect lighting for a reading nook. If you can name a better duo than a cup of tea and a good book on a cold, winter night, let us know!
Christmas in a Seddon home
If you reserve a Seddon home by November 15th, you could be incorporating these tips into your very own new home. Imagine what a Christmas that would be!
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