The holiday season is a time for gathering at home with family and friends, often around the Christmas tree or at the dining room table. Here are a few ideas to help you optimize your yuletide decor and make the 2012 holiday season truly memorable in more ways than one!
It's important to consider the architecture of your home and to proportion decorations with the surrounding space. In a condo or apartment, opt for a slender Christmas tree that's no more than seven feet tall. This will help to balance the decor while also making the room appear larger.
On the other hand, if you have ample space, choose a large, luxuriant tree beneath which you will be able to place all your beautifully packaged gifts!
Lighting is the key to a successful evening. Opt for soft, warm lights in order to create a cozy, relaxed mood. Indoors, avoid blue-tinged lighting, such as that produced by fluorescent lights, especially on the Christmas tree and around the dining room table.
For your outdoor lighting, get festive and creative! Line the walkway leading to your front door with miniature lanterns made simply from tealights and glass jars placed directly in the snow or grouped together near the entrance. The delicate, flickering lights will immediately set the tone for the evening and enchant your guests before they've even stepped inside!
Your holiday decor should reflect your style and feel as though it's part of your home. Add a traditional touch by integrating a few family photos from past holiday celebrations. In addition to bringing back cherished memories, they will also fuel conversation!
Consider adapting various decorations just for the kids. You're sure to spark the dreams and imagination of your children and young guests with a decor inspired by toys and goodies! We invite you to browse the Christmas Sweets Collection available at Rona that contains a wide selection of attractive and appetizing ornaments! Opt for flameless candles to avoid wax spills and needless accidents. Unbreakable plastic ornaments are also a smart choice, particularly with very young children and pets.
For the teenage crowd, modern decorations in trendy colours, such as silver, white and a stand-out shade, are ideal. Integrate a few techno-inspired objects, such as a digital tablet, in your decor. You're sure to get their attention!
Choose a colour theme that repeats in each room of your home and ties in with your dining room table decor. If you don't have room for a runner or centrepiece, suspend decorations, such as large ornaments, candy canes, icicles or snowflakes, using ribbon or fishing line. This simple idea frees up precious table space and creates a stunning visual impact.
Tip: suspended decorations should hang no lower than 30" above the table so as not to obstruct the view of guests.