Tips for Stress-Free Holiday Decorating
Deck The Halls & Boost Your Spirits
By Sheila Alston
The holiday season is here, and it's time to make our homes feel warm, cozy, and festive. But let's be real, it can get overwhelming. That's why this year, we've got some relaxed and cheerful tips for holiday decorating that won't leave you stressed. Drawing inspiration from the principles of decorating for mental health and bringing a touch of nature indoors, let's explore how you can create a holiday atmosphere that's not only beautiful but also super chill.
Go for Calm Colors
When you start your holiday decorating adventure, think about soothing colors that bring a sense of peace. Soft blues, gentle greens, and warm neutrals can be your go-to holiday shades. They create a calm atmosphere that's perfect for unwinding during the holiday hustle and bustle. And hey, get the family involved in picking these colors; it's a group effort!
Bring in Some Nature
Like we do with mental health-oriented home decor, let's embrace nature in our holiday setup. Add live plants to your main rooms; they not only look cool but also freshen up the air and add some zen vibes. Pop cut flowers, greenery, or branches into vases for a nature-inspired holiday vibe. When you're decorating together with family, let everyone join in on choosing and arranging these natural elements.
Elevate Your Holiday Decor with Live Greenery
Think about adding live plants to your holiday decor. They bring some lush green vibes, improve air quality, and chill the atmosphere. Get the family to help care for these leafy friends—it's bonding time. And if any plants aren't feeling it, don't hesitate to compost or swap them out.
Rock the Natural Look
When jazzing up your home for the holidays, pick furniture and decor made from natural materials like wood, wool, or stone. Not only do they ooze warmth and authenticity, but they also connect you to the great outdoors and invite a sense of calm and groundedness that you can't get from plastics or man-made elements. When you openly show your appreciation for the beauty of these materials, your family will take notice and be more inclined to appreciate them as well.
Play with Patterns
Choose holiday patterns that mimic the natural world—think leaves, florals, or seasonal stuff like snowflakes and evergreen trees. These patterns bring a dose of nature's beauty to your decor, making everything feel harmonious. For fun, you can let each member of the family take turns picking these patterns and working them into your holiday decoration
Keep It Simple
Resist the urge to go overboard with holiday decor. Keep it simple, focusing on a few meaningful pieces that matter most to you. A clutter-free space is a stress-free space, and it creates a peaceful vibe. Make decorating a family affair and let everyone have a say in what decor items make the cut.
Light It Up Right
Good lighting sets the holiday mood just right. Instead of lighting up your house like the Griswalds, opt for soft, warm lighting from candles, string lights, or twinkling fairy lights. Thoughtfully placed lights near the front door can be elegant and just as inviting. Make hanging lights a family tradition, and you'll spread joy while illuminating your home. It's all about that cozy, welcoming vibe.
Create a Chill Zone
Designate a corner of your home as a relaxation spot. Load it up with comfy pillows, soft blankets, and a cozy chair or bean bag. It's your retreat when you need a breather from the holiday buzz. Encourage the family to use this space for relaxation and quality time together.
Make It Personal
Add a personal touch to your holiday decorations by incorporating items with sentimental value. Handmade ornaments, family heirlooms, or personalized stockings bring comfort and a sense of connection during the holidays. Let the kids get in on the action by crafting their own ornaments and sharing their creative ideas.
Keep It Realistic and Ask for Help
Remember, the holidays are about spending time with loved ones, not about creating a perfect decor showcase. Set realistic expectations for yourself and the whole decorating gig. It's totally cool to keep it simple and enjoy the holiday spirit. Plus, don't hesitate to get the family involved; decorating together can be a blast!
So, there you have it, easy-breezy tips for holiday decorating that won't stress you out. It's all about creating a vibe that's not just visually stunning but also super chill. And remember, decorating is a family thing; it's all about making memories together. Enjoy the holiday season, nurture your mental health, and make the most of this special time with your loved ones. Cheers to a stress-free holiday!
By Sheila Alston,
Founder & Editor