It’s the most wonderful time of the year and there is no better way to get into the holiday spirit than making your home glow. The warmth and cheer of Christmas lights, candles and holiday décor can help you create that magical, festive feeling. There are plenty of ways to add some extra Christmas spirit around your home and I’ve put together a few ideas to get you started!
Exterior Holiday Decorating Tips
Hanging lights on the house is one of my favorite family traditions, but sometimes it can get tricky. Make your holiday a little brighter by using these outdoor lighting tips for Christmas decorations!
You will need:
- Strands of lights to cover the desired length
- Light clips (these can be found at just about any hardware store and are safer than staples)
- A ladder
- Outdoor use extension cord(s)
1. Choose Your Lights – First, you should determine what type of lights you want to have on your home and make sure all the strands are the same size, style and color(s), because no one wants to get finished hanging lights only to find that they are mismatched.
LED lights are a great option because of their energy efficiency and longevity. But there are several options, so check out their differences before you decide on the right lights for you!
2. Prepare the Area – Clear the hanging area and make sure you use an extension cord rated for outdoor use for safety purposes.
3. Test Your Lights – Next, you should make sure the cords are not frayed or damaged, which can be hazardous, and make sure all the bulbs work by plugging each strand in prior to hanging to avoid any unpleasant surprises!
4. Attach Lights – Now begin attaching your lights using light clips to attach the strands to your home’s shutters, shingles or gutters. It’s your preference if you hang the lights pointing up or down, just make sure they are all pointing in the same direction. Be sure to follow manufacturer instructions and take appropriate safety precautions when using a ladder.
5. Watch Them Shine – Once you are finished hanging the lights, plug them in and watch them shine! Make sure to turn off or unplug your lights when you are not home and before you go to sleep to keep your home safe. You may want to utilize a timer to control when the lights turn on and off.
- If your home can only be seen from the road in front of your home, you can save time by only putting lights on the front.
- Make sure your lights and extension cords are specifically made for the outdoors.
- If you are unable to safely utilize a ladder, we suggest contacting a local certified handyman service for help hanging lights. In some communities, local off-duty fireman will hang Christmas lights to earn extra money.
Entryway Decorating Ideas for Christmas
Once you’ve finished hanging exterior lights, you can give your home a little something extra for the holidays by adding a gorgeous entryway.
Here are a few tips to create your own festive entryway:
- Hang garland around your door, attaching it to the door frame with nails or temporary outdoor hooks that use adhesive, and hang ornaments around the greenery.
- Fill a glass container with mismatched or leftover ornaments and add other seasonal décor to complete the scene.
- Throw festive blankets or pillows over porch swings or patio furniture to give it a holiday look.
- Find a fun Christmas themed doormat to greet your guests with the Christmas spirit as soon as they step on the porch!
Other exterior decorating tips:
- Place pre-lit wreaths on your windows and doors.
- Use lanterns to light up your porch.
- Hang bows and greenery on your porch lights and sconces.
Interior Holiday Decorating Tips
While the exterior lights and décor are a great way to show your holiday spirit, you can’t forget about the interior! You can have your home glowing from the inside out with these tips for decorating this season:
Trendy Kitchen Island
Your kitchen can be a focal point of your home, so getting creative with your kitchen island décor can make a huge difference. One way of doing this is to fill up a glass container with ornaments like we did for the entryway and place it between two decorative candles. You can also add a couple bottle brush trees to finish the scene!
Classic Dining Room Table
The best conversations happen around the dining room table, and the holidays are no different! Start by putting down a table runner and placing your decorations. I suggest using candles because they are a simple and affordable way to make your home glow.
Having a cozy fireplace can be the difference between a house and a home. You can mix it up with all sorts of seasonal décor on the mantle like garland, nutcrackers and twinkle lights to really add a cozy, festive feel to your living space. Be careful not to place any decorations where they can come into contact with heat or flame.
Whether it’s the gathering of family and friends, the amazing food or giving your home a holiday feel, it’s important to enjoy the season while it’s here! Christmas will have come and gone before we know it. So, start working on making your home glow and then check out our interior holiday decorating tips!