8 easy christmas decorating ideas

These Christmas decorating ideas can help bring festive elegance to your home this holiday season. 

Elegance - with a 3-year-old? Yeah, right. And let me call my uniformed nanny - it's the butler's day off.

Seriously, though - festive elegance can be as simple as accessorizing with a few luxurious fabrics.

Think velvet pillows or slipcovers, cozy faux fur throws, or beaded organza table runners in brilliant seasonal jewel colors.

Here are 8 easy Christmas decorating ideas to get you started.

  1  Remove Clutter in Your Home Before Putting Up Christmas Decorations

To make room for the festive stuff, pack up some of your usual decor and put it away until January. This is Christmas! If you don't have many decorations, enjoy the clean look for a festive change.

  2  Up the Glitter Factor for the Holidays

Invest in a few sparkly Christmas decorations for your dining room table.

Maybe a beaded runner topped with simple decorations; or a bowl of sparkling or glittery fruit or holiday ornaments as a crowning centerpiece.

Or, just candles - lots of candles - in the same color, but in varying widths and heights. Corral them on a sterling silver tray.

Bring out your traditional Christmas ornaments and blend them into your new design. You can also make your own handmade christmas ornaments to add to your family collection.

  3   Lighten Up: Everywhere

String tiny white lights throughout the living areas. That way, at night, the whole house will twinkle with the classic warmth of the holidays. 

Drape lights to frame windows, over tall houseplants, along doorways and bookcases. Dim your regular lights and enjoy.

  4  Focus on a Single Theme

Don't mix funky Frosty the Snowmen with elegant Father Christmases, no matter how tempting using all your favorite decorations may be.

Instead, choose one or the other as the theme for this season. At the very least, keep the themes uniform in each room.

For example, if you have both types of decorations, you could do a fun Santa theme in the family room, and a more formal, sophisticated theme in the living room.

  5   Group Christmas Collections Together

Collectibles such as your favorite wooden nutcrackers - or china Santas - are always more visually striking when grouped together instead of spread about the room.

  6   Go Wild with Ribbon

Greenery is so messy. Consider making garlands of Christmas ribbons instead.

They'll stay fresh through the season and be a lot less expensive. Use the wired kind of ribbon for best decorating results. Loosely twist two colors around a strand of twinkling white lights. Or, drape the ribbon duo down a banister or across a mantel.

  7   Think - and Decorate - Vertically

Don't just decorate table tops and mantels: hang ornaments and decorations from tall house plants, chandeliers, even mirrors and plants. If you have ornaments too delicate or precious to risk, display them on a high shelf.

  8   Consider Decorating with More Than One Tree

Consider having small trees in the family room or the kids' bedrooms and let them decorate them just the way they want.

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