christmas home decor tips

Last Minute Christmas Home Decor Tips and Tricks

The holiday season is always an incredibly busy time of year. We all have aspirational goals of having our gifts purchased, our stockings stuffed and our baking done, our home looking beautiful, stylish and perfectly decorated for the holiday season – effortlessly impressing our family and friends with the elegant themes and interior design styles of our homes.

The reality for many of us is usually much more hectic. The holidays have a way of sneaking up on everyone. But we’ve got the Christmas decoration ideas to help get your house holiday ready in a hurry, with no hassle or fuss, freeing up your time for all that shopping you’ve still got to do.

Throw Rugs and Colour Schemes

The holidays are the perfect time to introduce a little pop of red into your home, and it’s so easy to do. Red napkins for your tabletop place settings are a stylish, elegant way to add red into your holiday decorating, and even just a few cute little Christmas ornaments on your shelves will give you a hint of holiday cheer.

If you’re looking for living room ideas, adding some elegant red cushions to your couch and chairs will give the space a nice splash of colour. A simple idea to cozy up your living room even more is to add a nice decorative throw to the room, or to any room in the house that needs a bit of comfort and softness. Nothing beats getting cozy under a warm faux-fur or chunky-knit comforter over the holidays while sipping on some hot cocoa. Don’t feel tied to just red, either. Dusty pinks, minty blues, golds and metallics are all perfect for this time of year.

Winter Wreaths and Garlands

If you’re looking for an inspirational way to bring a touch of greenery into your home, beyond just your Christmas tree, bringing the outside, indoors with a beautiful, traditional winter wreath is a perfect holiday decorating idea. And the beauty of wreaths is that you can keep them year after year, and change them as the seasons change. Place wreaths on your tabletops so your guests will notice them. This will make your home feel festive no matter which room you use them in. Adding wreaths around your home really helps your Christmas home decor come together from the top down.

From modern banners to classic, faux-pine garlands, decorating banisters with these beautiful Christmas decorations is another staple to getting your home holiday ready. And adding real spruce and fir bows can bring a pop of DIY home decor to your wreaths, railing garlands, fireplace mantels and dining tabletop centerpieces. You can also tie in eucalyptus and pine cones in amongst the bows, as well as Christmas lights. Finally, birch logs can be staged in your fireplace and around your home for a woodsy feel.

Mantels, Centerpieces and Chandeliers

Centerpieces are one of the main features in your dining room when your guests arrive and sit down. It’s the first thing that will draw their eyes to the tabletop, so you want your Christmas table decorations to look beautiful and stylish. Creating an inspirational, DIY centerpiece is easier than you think. Start by filling a few cloches full of pine cones and Christmas ornaments from your Christmas tree, and then add in a string of little icicle lights or twinkle lights. Depending on your home decor and the colour scheme you can choose what you put under your cloches. Have fun with it.

Another thing to decorate, and one that most people miss, is the chandelier. We’ve talked before about how important lighting is in your home, and the holidays are no exception. You can add some string lights, sleigh bells, gold ornaments, clear ornaments, and a few more of your own little special touches to your chandelier to tie everything together. Also, don’t forget to hang those stockings on the mantel! Stockings are a Christmas decoration staple. The holiday season just wouldn’t feel right without them.

The Scent of Christmas

Creating that perfect holiday atmosphere is about more than aesthetics. When you think of Christmas you think of that warm, holiday smell, and recreating that scent in your home this holiday season with this fantastic recipe for holiday stove-top potpourri is our final home decor idea. Best of all, this DIY project is so easy. All you have to do is combine a few simple ingredients together, put them all in a pot and let it simmer away in water on your stovetop. Your home will smell amazing for hours and hours.

And if you’re looking for even more inspiration, take a look at our Homes With Holiday Cheer Pinterest board:


Happy Holidays from all of us at CountryWide Homes!