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Are you decorating your home for the holidays?

 

The holiday season is here and it’s time to think about decorating your home. Christmas trees, lights, wreaths and ornaments are all part of the holiday décor. Following some simple holiday decorating tips from Better Homes and Gardens can turn your home into a place of envy.

 

Christmas Trees – Whether it is artificial or real, the Christmas tree is the centerpiece of your home holiday décor. The first step to decorating a tree is hanging the lights. Better Homes & Gardens suggests illuminating the tree from inside out to give it the most dynamic look. Start at the base of the trunk and work your way up, wrapping the lights around every major branch. Move from the trunk to branch tip and back.

LED lights are becoming popular. Although they are more expensive than the traditional incandescent lights, they produce no heat and use less energy.

The garland is next. Start at the top of the tree and work down, gently draping it over the branches. Thin, beaded garlands are best branch to branch while the thicker garlands should be wrapped loosely around the entire tree.

The final step is the ornaments. Start with your favorite ones, then evenly space larger ornaments using small and medium ones in between to fill it out.

Living Room – An overall color scheme works best for a formal living room. Consider using a white tree for muted tones or a green tree with warm-colored decorations that pick up taupes and natural wood.

Dining Room – Since this room is party central for the holidays, glamour it up. Dangle snowflakes from the chandelier, use metallic place settings for sparkle and greenery for a lush look. Consider placing miniature trees on the buffet and garland as a window treatments.

Hallway – The high traffic area of your home should not go unnoticed. If you have a small table, decorate it with figurines and a little greenery.

Family room – Keep it cozy and casual, says Better Homes & Gardens. Consider decorating with family heirlooms and antiques.

Outdoors – Don’t forget about the outside of your home. Use Christmas lights that complement the style of your home as well as your neighborhood. If you have a Victorian home, string lights around architectural features, such as columns, to enhance them. For a ranch house, consider placing lights along the roofline or hang icicle lights from gutters. Also, place lights along the front walkway and on a fence. A multi-story house should be decorated similar to a Victorian, but with lights also along the roofline, front porch railings, and on a fence.

Before starting to string those lights, take a step back and look over your home. Pick focal points such as the entryway, columns, and features that stand out. Also, look at shrubs, hedges, door frames, windows, planters, window boxes, walkways and even driveways where lights can be strung.

Garland can be used to add a little more décor. It can be wrapped around columns and railings. It’s best to use a barber pole type wrapping style for best results. Use tacky clay as a fastener that won’t damage surfaces and can be easily removed after the holidays. And, of course, a wreath on the front door is a must.

Be safe when placing lights outside. Determine the electrical power sources for the lights. Use UL approved Christmas lights and extension cords and make sure they are approved for outside use. Examine the condition of the lights and power cords. Consider hiring a contractor to hang your outside lights.

 

These holiday decorating tips will help make your Christmas a little merrier.