If you ask us, it’s never too early to start decorating for the holidays. There’s something about cheery holiday decor that makes the home feel cozy and warm, just as things are starting to get dark and gloomy outside. Decking the halls isn’t always easy though, especially if you don’t have an eye for design. For those in need of some festive inspiration, we spoke to two design experts for their holiday decorating tips.
Pro Tips for Holiday Decorating
Plan, Plan, Plan
“Choose a calming color palette and develop an idea of what holiday decor you want to buy before you scour the stores,” says Bowen.
If you’re worried about how to decorate for the holidays amid the seasonal rush, “start the planning early,” Peltier said. “You won’t be rushed and your holiday décor will be put together, instead of thrown together.”
To help make at least one aspect of the holiday season a bit simpler, we put together some indoor and outdoor decoration ideas.
Indoor Holiday Decorations
Flocked trees can get a bit messy (you’ll need to vacuum after setting it up), but they’re so beautiful. This Premium Flocked Christmas Tree is the ideal size for the average living room. Because it’s made to look like it’s covered in snow, you can either leave it as-is or add lights and ornaments. Buy it here.
These stylish Christmas stockings come in a set of six, and you can choose from a variety of colors to meet your theme: blue, burgundy, ivory, gray, green and khaki. Try hanging them above the fireplace or on the stair railing. Buy them here.
This farmhouse-inspired sign could hang in your entryway, or you could prop it on a shelf. Replacing one of your all-season pictures or signs with something holiday-themed can help your home feel more cohesive. Buy it here.
Tabletop Christmas trees look great on end tables or flanking a door. Simple decorations like this are ideal for styling in pairs or duplicates. “Buy decorations in pairs and reuse the same display in different rooms. This will make your life easier and bring balance to your home,” Bowen suggests. Buy it here.
This Mistletoe-Scented Yankee Candle in the classic 22-ounce jar has a sweet pine scent that smells just like Christmas. Peltier recommends using a wreath laid down as a centerpiece with a large candle like this in the middle. A pine-scented candle is also a great idea if you use an artificial tree because it makes it smell like your tree is real. Buy it here.
Wreaths can bring some extra cheer to your home inside or outside, and Bowen recommends this one specifically. Wreaths tap into “tradition, nostalgia and memories, which are important, especially these days,” Peltier said. Buy it here. While you’re at it, grab a lovely garland to match.
Outdoor Holiday Decorations
These light-up boxes will look fantastic on your front porch or even under the tree if you want to move them inside. This is another great pick to buy in pairs so you can keep a cohesive feel throughout your home. Buy them here.
With the days getting shorter, it’s helpful to add extra lighting to the exterior of your home during the holidays. Line your driveway or sidewalk with these giant outdoor LED string lights to bring a festive feel to your home. Buy them here.
This simple Calloway Mills Rudolph Doormat will set a festive tone right from your front door. “Styling your entryway can make guests feel the festivities right as they walk through the front door,” Peltier said. Buy it here.
If inflatable yard decorations are your style, this snowman flanked by two adorable penguins is a great value. They stand six feet tall and are sure to bring joy to the kids in your neighborhood. Buy one here.
Amazon also offers a wide array of awesome Hanukkah decorations.
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