I was one of those guys who didn’t want to waste money on stuff to that would only be put out for six weeks and then live in storage for the rest of the year. After getting comfortable in my surroundings, I like to keep things fresh and like to change things up a bit. The holidays are a great time to spruce things up and create an atmosphere that will help induce the Spirit of Christmas.
Use Colour to Unify
I wanted a touch of holiday style in my pad, but true my own tastes. I’ve come to rely on colour to tie things together. In my home, I’ve used red and silver to give my place a fresh seasonal look, while still looking masculine. I’ve used this colour scheme on my Christmas tree and then carried it throughout the house so it looks like a complete thematic setting.
Decorate Don’t Camouflage
I hear this on the radio one day driving to work and it is so true. It’s nice to dress your home in the holidays, but you don’t want it to look Christmas threw up in your living space. It’s better to find ways of decorating that compliment the space you worked so hard to put together rather than cover it all up.
You can never have enough of these and they always evoke a sense of warmth and intimacy. I learnt that smell can really create ambiance and candles help to achieve that. It’s worth it to spend a little more and get soy based candles seem to last a little longer. One word of advice if you use scented candles-keep them off your dining table. The olfactory focus of the dining table should be the aromas of the food and not the candle.
Keep It Simple
As a guy, I don’t think many expect me to have an exquisitely appointed holiday home. However there are a few things I can do to evoke a sense of the holidays within my home. Shiny coloured Christmas balls in bowels and in vases is my go to decoration since my place is a bit more contemporary. I’ve also found that garlands are my friend, just use sparingly. i have one of these elements in each room to ensure there is some Christmas presence no matter where I go.
Make an Event of Holiday Preparations
Still not sure of what to do or how to go about it? Don’t be afraid to ask for help. I’ve made preparing my home for the holidays an annual social event now. I gather some friends over food, throw on the carols and boom! Instant boost into the holiday season. Not only does it inspire the rest of my friends to get their places ready, but each year my place has a slightly different look not to mention it gets done so quick!
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