Christmas Interior Decorating Ideas and Tips

Christmas season is one of the most anticipated times of the year for interior decorating and design enthusiasts. It is when every homeowner gets excited on how to make their living spaces different from the last Christmas. And unlike typical interior decorating where there are so many traditional rules to follow, i.e. color schemes and combinations, furniture placement, Christmas decorating is literally a no holds barred type of home improvement project.

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Now if you haven’t decorated your home just yet, it means you could get a lot of great tips from this post. You just have to read and see what we compiled from the most renowned and established interior decorating and home improvement websites.

Let’s begin with the site, SouthernLiving.com, in the article “Christmas Decorating Ideas.

Cheer Up Your Entry Way

Pressed for time but want a big show? Fit a 7-gallon magnolia into a decorative planter, and fill in around the edges with spray-painted magnolia branches and sprigs of seeded eucalyptus. After the holidays, plant the magnolia in the garden. Designed to come together quickly, the look is easy to tailor. Change the plants or colors to suit your taste.

Create a Warm Welcome

Our favorite way to light up the season is with a brilliant array of paper luminaries. Line them along front walks, driveways, and porches for a fiery Christmas display that’s so simple (and affordable) to pull off.

To create your own gleaming arrangement, generously cover the bottom of white paper bags with sand, which will keep them sturdy and stationary when exposed to the elements. Arrange bags in desired positions (the luminaries lining the walk above at left all 2 feet apart), and then insert tea lights or battery-operated LEDs.

Greet with a Garden Theme

Convey a cozy welcome with a garden-inspired holiday decorating theme. Rustic aluminum containers on the door, porch, and stairs offer casual Christmas appeal when filled with herbs and bright accents, such as red amaryllis blooms and berries.

Hang a Paper White Basket

Greet guests with a bright arrangement of seasonal paperwhites, heather, juniper, and moss in a planter that hangs directly on your front door.

Merry Mailbox Topper

Top off a square mailbox with an abundant bouquet of winter plants. Fill a wide, shallow planter with a mix of pansies, flowering cabbage, cedar, fir, lavender, and rosemary trimmed to resemble a Christmas tree. Tuck in ornaments and oversize pinecones to add color and fill in gaps.

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It’s easy to notice based on the tips above that the modern concept of Christmas decorating is no longer limited or exclusive to your living room. As a matter of fact, you can put more emphasis on some other parts of your home that are visible from the outside, including the front door, garden, or even the patio.

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Now here’s another set of tips from the article “13 Stylish Holiday and Christmas Decorating Ideas,” courtesy of RealSimple.com:

Sweet Tidings

The halls are decked, now bring colorful delight to the table with a sweet set-up of treats that never feel out of season. For the ultimate centerpiece, try a no-fuss arrangement filled with red and white peppermint balls and fluffy marshmallows. Call on ribbon candy, multicolored chocolates, and candy canes for making the perfect sides.

Overhead Opulence

Don’t restrict magnificent baubles and sparkly snowflakes to the tree when it comes to your Christmas decor ideas. Accentuate overhead lighting with shimmery decorations and stick to a fresh winter palette like pale blue and silver. Finish it off with an elegant satin ribbon gently dangling from the chandelier.

Modern Simplicity

Play up your home’s unique style with holiday décor that complements its most appealing qualities. A gorgeous mirror gets a charming border from decorative golden deer and white stockings, which accentuates the breathtaking white mantel.

Window Dressing

Holiday window treatments come in all shapes, sizes, and textures. The ultimate preppy power couple (hot pink and lime green) make an unexpected debut in this modern all-feather composition. The dangling ornament adds just the right amount of pop to this decorative piece.

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In the end, spending the holidays is a tradition that literally everyone in the U.S. doesn’t miss out on. But unlike the previous Christmas celebrations, you can spice this one up a bit by improving how your home looks with all those impressive and distinctive decorations.

Living Room Makeover Tips

Most people think that doing interior makeovers is expensive, which is why they don’t usually make it happen, although they think and dream about it a lot. Well, the only reason why it seems expensive is because your neighbor, coworker, or some friend told you so. But if you actually dig in a lot deeper, a makeover doesn’t really have to be that expensive to be successful.

In this article, let’s focus on what you can do for a living room makeover. We’re basically giving you a bunch of ideas, but it doesn’t mean you follow them all from the littlest details. This post serves as a friendly reminder to you that you don’t need to pay for the services of a professional or interior designer just to be able to do some makeover to your living room. So without further ado, let’s have a look at the most beautiful yet simple living room makeover ideas:

Let’s kick things off with the article “14 Living-Room and Dining-Room Makeovers” from RealSimple.com:

Before
With plain white walls, no window treatments, and bland, neutral furnishings, the room feels a bit stark. The space has great details, like a wooden mantel and built-in bookshelves, but they aren’t being showcased properly.

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After

Drawing the furnishings closer together creates a more intimate atmosphere. The bold zebra print accent adds contrast to the low-key sofa, while removing the large area rug makes the space feel less cramped and exposes the beautiful wood floors.

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Source: http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/decorating/living-room-dining-room-makeovers-0

The before and after photos above are a perfect example of what you can do to a boring and dull living room without really spending more than a hundred bucks. This is a showcase of a makeover in a room that’s limited in space and needs to appear larger and roomier.

Now let’s move over to GoodHouseKeeping.com, this time in the article “30 Inspiring Living Room Decorating Ideas.” See some of the pretty ideas below:

Bold and Bright

Inject personality into your living space with energetic hues and quirky secondhand finds, like this coral sofa and gilded accent pieces.

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Rustic Appeal

The antique wooden beams are a welcome contrast to the modern furniture in this airy farmhouse.

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Lively Design

This formal living room shows off pops of kelly green, bright golds, and graphic prints to make a statement that is cohesive, but far from boring.

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Just like the first samples we showed you, these ones aren’t really an expensive endeavor. Yes, it could be true that you might get tempted to purchase additional decorative stuff, but the key is realizing that you already can do a lot with what you already have.

Ways to Improve Your Bedroom Space

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It is amazing to know that a third of your life is actually spent in your bedroom. It is the one place in the entire world that you can never exchange with anything. It is your place of solace, comfort, and privacy.

But ironically, it also is one of the few places in your home that you somehow forget to take care of and maintain. Well, it’s probably because you already feel very comfortable with its current setup that you cease to recognize and realize that it already needs some improvement.

The reason why you need it to be improved is because you want it to give you more comfort and of course makes you feel refreshed. So without further ado, here are some of the best tips we compiled online on the ways to improve bedroom space.

First, HighExistence.com talks about improving the bedroom for the purpose of helping you sleep better. Take a look at these tips from the article “5 Easy Ways To Upgrade Your Bedroom and Better Your Sleep.”

Expel The Light

In today’s neon-lit world, it is hard to get enough darkness. We evolved to spend much more time without a source of light, either sleeping or just resting, than we do in our modern world. When you are exposed to light, your body inhibits the sleep hormone and powerful anti-oxidant: Melatonin. This off-sets your whole neurotransmitter and hormone equilibrium and experts have linked this to chronic stress, Bipolar Disorder and all kinds of immune-system imbalances.

Bring In The Plants

Did you ever wake up from a muff and stifling room (What does “muff” mean?) only to find out that opening the window and a stream of fresh air is gift sent from heaven? We all know quality, non-polluted air is of vital importance to our health.

Clean Up The Electronics

You want to use your bedroom only for sleep and relaxing entertainment (journaling, reading and sex). Electronics like laptops and televisions spread too much blue light and will keep you awake. So it is a good idea to not use these at least an hour before you go to bed. You also want to associate your bedroom with calmness and relaxation. Thus it is of vital importance to do away with everything that you associate with stress, like a tablet or phone. You don’t want yourself be reminded about things you have to do or upcoming events you can worry about. The moment you step into your bedroom you should allow yourself to feel safe and secure. So make sure your bedroom is only for rest – nothing else.

Silence Is Golden

Screaming neighbours, honking cars, barking bastards. We’ve all been there, wanting to kill something that woke us up. This instinct has preserved our species over millions of years. Yet in our modern world it is often just a cause of irritation – and a lack of sleep. A very easy fix is to get good quality earplugs – ones that you don’t feel you are wearing.

Bring Back The Light

Most people I know use a normal alarm clock to wake them up in the morning. When the curtains are still closed and they are still residing in deep sleep when it goes off it causes an immediate stress response as their first experience of the day. We are not night creatures. The night frightens us; we can’t see, we’re tired and just want to cuddle with others in our safe net. When we get abruptly awakened in the dark, our body senses something must be up. In contrast, we naturally wake up with the rising sun. The red color of the morning sun slowly brings us out of deeper sleep cycles and gently wakes us up. I always felt out of sync for hours after being awakened by an alarm clock. After the realization I had to get out of bed whilst still dark, I just wanted to close my eyes and go back to sleep. Often a disappointing start of the day.

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We are in total agreement with the perfect combination of darkness and silence as the recipe for getting better sleep. However, total darkness to a point that you no longer see anything isn’t also a good idea. Anyhow, one thing you’ll notice from the tips above is that you’re not really sending money to do them. They’re very simple adjustments you are to make in order to get a sound sleep.

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But aside from getting a good night sleep, there also are other reasons why you want to do some improvements in your bedroom. Take a look at these reminders from Freshome.com, in the article “10 Tips to Make a Small Bedroom Feel Larger.” As the title suggests, this set of tips are about doing things to transform a small bedroom space into something that feels larger.

1.) Remove clutter:
The more items you have in your bedroom the more cramped it will feel. Look around the room; can you see the floor baseboard? If you scan your entire bedroom and never see the floor baseboard, you have too much furniture and personal belongings. Consider using furniture in another room of your house or selling it. Remove large collections of personal belongings from dressers, night tables, and entertainment centers. When you enter the room, you want your eye to gracefully scan the room. This will create the illusion of space, instantly.

2.) Buy furniture that maximizes wall space:
Shopping for furniture can be a challenge when you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for. In small bedrooms measure out the amount of wall space you have, and how much room the furniture can project from the walls. Opt for rectilinear furniture as opposed to curved. Curved furniture tends to take up more space and will swallow up your walking area to get past your furniture. Wall hung night stands are a great option to maximize the floor footprint in your bedroom as well.

3.) Scale your décor by the size of your bed:
Depending on the size of your bedroom, your bed will most likely be the focal point. If you have a large bed in a small room, you will instantly feel cramped and uncomfortable. Consider having a smaller bed, and size your table lamps and decorations in the same proportions. If you are going through the effort and scaling down the bed, so should the accessories that surround the room.

4.) Add visual interest to your ceiling:
In recent years, tray ceilings in bedrooms have become more popular. They add a fifth dimension to the room that is often overlooked. If you have the option of adding this into your bedroom, go ahead and see how much volume you will open up. If you will remain with a standard ceiling, consider using a lighter color to fool the eye into the illusion of space. The darker the ceiling, the more closed in the room will feel, and vice versa.

5.) A reading ‘nook’ will make your room relaxing:
A misconception about having a small bedroom is that you can only sleep, change clothes and leave out the room. This is not true. Put a small chair and lamp in your bedroom, and you instantly have a reading nook. When you can have multifunctional areas in your small bedroom you will want to spend more time in the space. Add a sconce to either side of the bed to make reading in bed more enjoyable and relaxing.

6.) Choose dressers and armoires that are appropriate for your room size:
One of the quickest ways to make your room feel small is to have furniture pieces that are too large for the space. Choose 2 or 3 mandatory pieces of furniture and scale appropriately to the room. Think of using a armoire to hold clothes and a television to eliminate a large dresser and entertainment center. The more functions you can condense, the larger your room will feel.

7.) Find creative uses for storage:
To help keep your bedroom clutter free, use decorative baskets in a bookshelf or wall unit to keep house small items that don’t need to be seen. Do your children leave small toys around your room? Stash them in roll out under bed storage bins that are easily accessible for them and you! Use your imagination when it comes to storage. A small bedroom could benefit from multifunction pieces. If you have room for a furniture bench at the foot of your bed, opt for one with a flip open seat that can hold magazines, and books.

8.) To have or not to have a television?
Having a TV in your bedroom is based on personal preference. If you decide to have a TV consider a flat screen type that can be mounted on the wall, or will take up minimal space on a dresser. For those that choose not to have a TV – a stereo can also take up considerable space. Opt for using MP3 stereos that connect to your MP3 and eliminates large, clunky stereo units.

9.) Choose your colors wisely:
Dark colors in an already small room can make your bedroom feel like a cave. If you like dark colors, use them in accessories like throw pillows, area rugs, and accents in drapery and bed linen. Consider using lighter colors on the walls, and ceiling to open up the space visually. Bring in natural light as much as possible to illuminate the space and your mood.

10.) Create a focal point:
If you have a fantastic piece of artwork place it above the bed and draw the eye away from the rest of the room. If you aren’t too pleased with your bed but have an antique dresser that looks great, add a colorful vase to adorn the top. Use your imagination to accentuate the positive about your room and remove emphasis from the small nature of your bedroom.

A small bedroom can be a challenge but it can also feel cozy and unique once you decorate it. Use these 10 tips to make your bedroom feel larger and to make the most of the space you do have. Incorporate these ideas in other bedrooms in your home and see how your rooms will instantly feel more lived in, as opposed to feeling cold and unlivable.

Source: http://freshome.com/2010/09/07/10-tips-to-make-a-small-bedroom-feel-larger/

Whether you’re improving your bedroom to sleep better or to make it feel larger, the key to everything is realizing there’s a need for improvement. However, you cannot force yourself to do some type of transformation if you feel like you still are very much comfortable with your current setup. Simply put, you only make a bedroom improvement project if you feel like there is a need to.

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