Over the years many of us have collected many, many Christmas decorations. Every year we get them out of the attic and lovingly place them in their usual place. But what if you are tired of this traditional decorating and you want a fresh look and different feel. Where do you start?
Begin by some brainstorming. Decide on a look. Do you want to create the feel of the old fashion Christmas look or do you want something modern, maybe monochromatic. Who are you directing this look at? Do you have small children for whom you are trying to create a fairyland? Do you want to have minimalist atmosphere? Have you always wanted your home to look like an ice castle or an ornate gold palace?
Are your teenagers wanting to have the theme centered around their sports heros? Having decided on a general direction then it is time to pick a theme. You could decide on building your theme around traditional Christmas items such as snowflakes, candy canes, Santa Claus, Poinsettias, reindeer, gingerbread houses or boys, Christmas trees, or gifts. Maybe you would rather do something around big bows, crystals, branches, or shapes, or birds, or penguins. This is limited only to your imagination.
Having decided on a direction for Christmas décor, the next step is to decide on a color scheme. By having a constant color theme throughout your home you will have a coordinated look. Often the theme will dictate this color theme. For example if you decide to center your decorating on candy canes then the predominant colors will be red and white. On the other hand using bows, crystals, and branches for a monochromatic look will probably be icy blue and white.
Then a decision to how you can achieve this is needed. Shopping for and creating the decorations will add new enthusiasm to this Christmas. Some of these themes make great family participation. Children love to be involved in decorating the house. There are great places to shop such as flea markets, Christmas craft shows, specialty shops, and online. Unearthing an old fashion sled, vintage ice skates, or an old Christmas sweater might be just what is needed to be the focal point for the theme.
Once you gather the materials you need to assess them for textures, size, and suitability. To compliment the main items you can use table linens, runners, sofa throws, pillows, and mats. The Christmas tree and the decorations for it can carry the theme.
Enhance your look by adding natural Christmas tree boughs, pinecones, holly, and of course a Christmas tree. Remember when adding elements to consider the scale of them. Each item should blend and compliment each other rather than over power others. This is especially true when picking a Christmas tree. It is sometimes hard to judge the height of a tree in a lot or when cutting one at the Christmas tree farms.
Carry your theme outdoors. The wreath on you door, the holly on your mailbox, or a Christmas matt at the front door will welcome your visitors. By using the same color scheme outside as inside the spaces are united.
Creating your own special Christmas décor is only limited by your imagination. Remember this is for you and your family. Merry Christmas!