December is almost here which means that it's time to get ready for the holiday season! Whether you're in a cozy condo or a large house, here are some fun and creative decorating ideas to give your home a festive makeover.
Decorating Tips for Condos
Trees are a holiday essential, and don't feel that you have to skip this one if you have a small space. Opt for a miniature tree and place it on a tabletop or elevated surface. To add a whimsical touch, hang twinkle lights from the ceiling, line them along a bulkhead, or use them to dress your window. Need somewhere to hang your stockings? Fasten stocking hangers to a wall or a bookshelf.
For your living room, easily add a holiday themed throw pillow or blanket to a sofa or chair. If you're not entertaining, snuggle under the blanket and watch your favourite Christmas film. Decorate your dining room by adding large bows to your chairs, and create a centrepiece by using a cake stand and stacking boxes on it to look like a tree or a snowman.
Create a centrepiece for a coffee table or dining room table using a vase and filling it with old ornaments or festive candies. Accessorize your kitchen with festive tea towels, oven mitts, and pot holders, or create a fun wreath made of cookie cutters.
Indoor Decorating Tips for Your House
Entranceways are easily dressed with a festive welcome mat, or place large candy cane decorations in an umbrella holder. Banisters can be given a holiday makeover with some ribbons, bows and decorations, with artificial evergreen boughs, or with fun indoor lights. You can also use the same touches on mantels or shelving. Decorate some of your doors by turning them into a gift with some ribbon and an oversized tag, or transform them into a snowman.
If you have a chandelier or large lighting fixture, hang decorations or a wreath from it. It's also a great place for some holly or mistletoe. Create centrepieces for your tabletops by arranging ornaments on a serving tray. Simply add tealight holders to single tier trays to make them glow by day or night. Scented tealight candles like gingerbread, cinnamon or peppermint. A clear-sided lantern is great to fill with decorations that don't make it on the tree. Don't want to throw out broken decorations? Carefully fill the lantern with colourful bits and pieces.
Outdoor Decorating Tips for Your House
Light up your walkway using festive stake lights or torches, creating a path for your guests. Some popular choices are giant lollipops, oversized candy canes, mini Christmas trees, snowflakes or candles.
Wreaths are popular for front doors, but you can also take an oversized pair of mittens and arrange branches and greens in each one to create a fun alternative. If there's a tree at the front of your home, hang oversized ornaments from it.
Planters, urns and window boxes are always easy to decorate and fill with seasonal greenery. Lanterns are also a pretty touch for the front porch, but if you don't want to use candles, find an led light alternative to place inside, or fill them with pine cones, old ornaments, or fake cranberries. For a fun addition to the front of your home, if you have a small chalkboard or small chalk sidewalk sign, use it to create a welcome sign with a greeting, or a countdown to Christmas.
The Top Places to Buy Holiday Decor in and Around the GTA
- Toronto Christmas Market at The Distillery District
- One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale
- West Elm
- Sheridan Nurseries
- Downey's Farm Market
- Retro Festive
- Drysdale's Tree Farm
- Just Christmas
- St. Jacobs Country