Decorating like a designer
This year is the first time I’ve had the space and means to really decorate for Christmas.
I thought I would post some photos of the first decorations I worked on this year. I did a lot of the work myself to save money, and I reused some decorations from last year as well.
On the interior, I always wanted a really pretty decorated table. So I set out to create a winter wonderland in my dining room.
The first and most important, I chose a color palette for this winter wonderland that would evoke the feelings of snow, winter, and the elegance of the season:
I already had a white table cloth, so I had to acquire a few items to add color and contrast. At various home decor stores I found silver placemats and table runner, lots of silver, white and blue accents at varying heights. I believe having tall and short decoration adds depth and balance. I reused a centerpiece that I got on sale last year – just took the red bulbs off of it and replaced with my blue ornaments. The blue is the accent color that I wanted to use to create that whimsical winter wonderland feel, and the greenery from the centerpiece just lends itself to the season. I wanted to add interest to the light above the table so I hung garland ($5.99 at the AtHome Store) and ornaments. This also adds that height that I recommend without blocking view when friends and family are seated at the table. I’m incredibly happy with how it turned out. Here are some photos:
The front of my house had a big empty space on the brick, where I thought a large wreath would look great. However, large wreaths are EXPENSIVE! So I decided to decorate my own wreath and it turned out fantastic! I went with the red, gold, and green because those colors not only scream “Christmas!!”, but they also compliment the warm tones in the brick. Pretty much anyone can do this for under $40 – buy a plain wreath at Hobby Lobby or Michaels, a set of shatterproof ornaments and a few picks, and you have a beautiful wreath. I added an outdoor bow for extra color as well. At night, when the walkway lights shine on our house, this glittery wreath makes the exterior look very elegant.
I found that basic principles of design can be used when decorating – such as using complimentary colors as well as keeping things simple and balanced. I’d love to know how you designed or decorated your house, inside or outside, for the holidays this year, especially if you decided to make any of the decorations yourself! Please let me know in the comments below, or feel free to ask questions.