‘Tis the season of snow and good tidings. That means that only carols are playing over the airwaves, people are pulling out their recipe books to prep for large holiday dinners, and the mall looks like a Christmas tornado came through. Whatever it is, it’s clear that holiday cheer is in the air.
But, what happens when you’re more ‘Bah, Humbug!’ than ‘Season’s greetings’? Even if the holidays aren’t for you, that shouldn’t stop you from using this once-a-year chance to deck the halls! Here are five holiday decorating tips when you’re not a holiday person!
Go for Seasonal Versus Holiday Colors
For the casual holiday-enjoyer, red and green are the immediate colors that come to mind when thinking about the holidays. But, there’s no rulebook that says that you have to stick to those colors.
One of the first steps to decorating for holidays is going for season colors versus holiday colors. That means instead of the customary green and red or blue and white, it’s perfectly justifiable to go with metallics such as silver and gold. If you’d like something more sophisticated, black and silver go beautifully together, and any color paired with a vibrant, crispy white can turn your world into a winter wonderland of its own, without resorting to something more festive.
Skip the Tinsel
If you aren’t very into holiday cheer or bright metallics, it might be in your best interest to skip the tinsel. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t decorate in different and more original ways. There’s nothing particularly Christmas-y about greenery and pinecones. To spruce up your mantle from the winter season, this wooden garland and a few holly sprigs and pinecones may be your best bet for keeping your decorations to a minimum while still going for a classy, rustic look that feels very winter wonderland.
No Light Shows
A really fun part of the holiday season is seeing how everyone has decorated their houses and turned it into a winter extravaganza. But, just because you enjoy something, doesn’t mean you’re obligated to participants. So, maybe outdoor Christmas lights aren’t for you. Instead of draping your house in lights, maybe supplement with a welcome mat that declares your minimal holiday spirit. Just because it’s minimal doesn’t mean that it’s not there.
As for indoor lights, a very careful arrangement of fairy or string lights can serve as an all-year-long decoration and are very easy to incorporate. Going for white lights will keep the interior design classy and minimalist while pairing well with whatever interior design set-up you already have.
Keep It Warm
Make your space warmer while lessening the Christmas and holiday motifs by using plaids and flannels. A good way to keep your space decorative while emphasizing the rustic vibe that winter encourages, these are great accent pieces in living rooms, specifically, and can also add to decorating your bedroom as well. Red and white with black accents are great colors for flannels and plaids, especially, because they don’t always evoke a Christmas vibe while encouraging a winter feel.
Another great way to keep a room fun and warm is to use accent pillows. Using pillows emphasizes the comfiness and it takes away the overwhelmingness of holiday decorations. To combine pillows and the idea of plaid and flannel, try these Tartan Bow Pillow, which comes in a set of two. If you don’t totally mind a small reference to the holidays, the Home for the Holiday Happy Holiday Throw Pillow works great in rooms that have a more neutral color scheme.
But, there is always the chance that maybe you’re not the type of holiday person that enjoys the movies, the music, or the lights, but you do like some aspects of the holidays, there’s always a way to incorporate small elements of Christmas or any other holiday. Maybe you’re not a Christmas tree person, you could always make a little tree out of green lights against your wall, for something original.
If you don’t want to go for an enormous Christmas tree, maybe the Frosted Evergreen Burlap will do the trick. Or maybe you could go for little decorative statues like the Tidings of Joy Driftwood Reindeer or a decorative snowman statue that doubles as a stocking holder. Or maybe you just want something green, which could mean the Noel Holiday Reed Diffuser.
No matter what it is, there are so many different ways that a non-holiday person can decorate for the holidays.