When it comes to decorating your home for the holidays, the simplest touches can be the most sophisticated.
Here are tips to add a festive touch to every room in your house without putting a dent in your holiday budget.
When it comes to holiday decor, you really want to focus on four keys areas of your home: the entryway, kitchen, living room and the restroom.
Add a garland or wreath to your existing decor to easily incorporate the spirit of the holidays. You can layer the garland with a strand of ribbon or ornaments.
Have a few extra stockings? Add the traditional socks to the entryway for a place to stash incoming holiday cards for individual family members.
A touch of festive fabric as a runner for the hallway table or as a liner for the boot tray is an easy way to add holiday magic to everyday decor.
To bring some of the festive decorations into the kitchen, switch out some everyday items for a few festive alternatives such as red cooking utensils or holiday-themed floor mats.
Add seasonal baking items such as cranberries, chestnuts or even apples to the display by placing them in colorful baskets, hurricane bowls with candles or in clear jars.
The scents of the season can be captured by placing whole cloves into an orange for a spicy holiday fragrant pomanders.
For the living room, anchor the look by adding holiday flair to the coffee table. This can be done by placing a variety of ornaments in a large bowl in the center of the table.It is recommended to use shatter-proof ornaments for friends and family will probably pick them up for a closer inspection.
It is easy to add height and texture to your display with candles or even a small decorative tree. For added flair, put one of the candles in a hurricane glass dish surrounded by tiny ornaments.
For the rest of the room, take the same festive look and spread it out to end tables by filling bowls and glasses of different heights with additional ornaments. The different containers will add layers and texture to your holiday decor.
Adding some wide ribbons adorned with bells to the hand towels or from light fixtures is an inexpensive way to add flair to the room.
A holiday arrangement is an easy DIY project. All you need is a container, some foam and a bit of wire. Using your Christmas tree trimmings or those you found in the yard, arrange the limbs in a small container and decorate with ornaments or leftover ribbon.
Fill a small glass container with individually wrapped red and white mints for an added freshen up touch.
Remember, holiday decorating doesn't have to be expensive or stressful. A few festive touches is all that is needed to transform your home for the holidays. Have fun and let your creativity take over -- the best decor is one that reflects your personality.