’Tis the season of festivities, and bringing out your holiday decorations. The holiday seasons are the most wonderful time of the year, and do you know what makes it even better? Decking out your home with Christmas decorations that create a festive atmosphere both inside and out. There's nothing quite as festive and cozy as a home decorated with ribbons, metallic accents, decorative trees, and winter greenery.
Holiday home decoration doesn't have to be expensive or time-intensive to make a big impact. Instead, each of the ideas here makes use of small, affordable props, decorations, and furniture shifts to help you create the winter wonderland of your dreams without breaking the bank.
We also understand that holiday decorating can start to feel old year after year, especially if you're trying to reuse decorations from the previous year. To spark creativity, we've compiled a list of magical holiday decorating ideas that you can easily recreate at home.
With these simple yet creative decorating projects, you can give your home a holiday style in a blink. So what are you waiting for? Let's get decorating with these simple holiday decoration ideas!
16 Fun and Affordable Holiday Decorating Ideas
1. Add Festive Cheer to Your Hallway
With a splash of Christmas color, you can make your entryway feel extra warm and welcoming for guests. Style up your console table with a few other festive items. Fill vases with stems of foliage and red berries, decorate a mirror with strings of hanging baubles, wrap boxes in jolly paper, and light fragrance, festive candles.
2. Style Your Mantelpiece
Hanging a wreath over a mirror atop the mantel adds a cheerful pop of green to the space that will look lovely year-round. Decorating with florals here—either real or faux—is always a good choice.
Tip: Dress your Christmas mantel with a garland and cozy knit accessories. On top, create a still life of vintage wares: a mirror, salvaged window, and an old frame with an interesting shape.
3. Put up a Christmas Tree to Invite the Yuletide Warmth
Well, this is the easiest, quickest, and the most popular way to add that holiday decoration charm to your home. The most obvious way to bring Christmas into your home is by adding a Christmas tree in your home no matter what kind of tree it is. It can be big, small, silver, gold, made of paper, or just a tiny rosemary plant.
Tip: Adorn your tree with meaningful ornaments. Hang some ornaments closer to the trunk to create depth and interest. They reflect the light to make your tree sparkle from the inside. Personalize the tree by adding specialty items, such as handmade ornaments, clip-on ornaments, or icicles.
4. Hang a Charming Wreath on Your Front Door
Your front door is the first thing a person will see when visiting your home. So make sure it sets the tone for your holiday décor scheme. One easy way to do this? Invest in a great wreath, and put a different festive spin on it every single year. Choose a solid green wreath for your front door, and change out the décor with it year after year.
Tip: You can adorn it with a bow, outfit it with some bells, or cover it in berry sprays.
5. Add Pops of Christmas Cheer in Unexpected Places
Our living rooms tend to get all the holiday décor love. But adding décor to unexpected places—like your bathroom—can be a great way to make a statement. Plus, these little additions will keep you in the holiday spirit, blessing you with festive cheer when you least expect it.
6. Hang a Garland Above Your Bed
During the holiday season, our bedrooms may not be the first place we think of decorating. But since they’re where all of us start and end each day, they deserve their dose of holiday cheer. So add a pop of festivity by hanging a garland over your bed.
Tip: You can either mount it on your wall, drape it along your headboard, or use it to dress up an above-bed shelf.
7. Light a Few Candles
Lighting a candle or a group of candles in some holiday decor can bring these Christmas decoration ideas to the next level. Candles look great as centerpieces on tables, vignettes & any piece of furniture in your home, & as a bonus, the holiday ones smell great and set the mood with great scents like cinnamon & baked goods.
Tip: Snag candlesticks in an array of shapes, sizes, and colors & surround them with some holiday elements to create the perfect centerpiece that didn’t cost you a penny.
8. Use an Ornament bowl
Putting sparkly ornaments in a colorful bowl is a quick and easy centerpiece! If you’re too busy to go through the hassle of getting a tree, or you’ve just accumulated too many ornaments to display on one, use a bowl or tray as a catchall for those beautiful baubles. Traditional round ornaments are affordable and easy to coordinate with a color palette or aesthetic for your room.
9. Bring out Some Holiday Throw Pillows
Adding cozy blankets & holiday pillows with pops of gold, green, red, or any other fun holiday colors is a great way to add warmth to your everyday home decor. Plaids, Christmas patterns, holiday colors, & even DIY’ing a Christmas-themed pillow are the perfect way to bring cozy decor to your home.
10. Wrap those Gifts Early
Wrapping your Christmas gifts and placing them under the tree adds that thrill to your holiday decor. There are a million ways you can wrap Christmas gifts, & you can even wrap faux boxes to look like Christmas gifts and place them under your tree or add to your Christmas vignettes before you wrap your actual gifts. Add some cute ribbon, some ornaments, & even some chalkboard gift tags & you have some lovely holiday decor under your tree.
11. Window Adornment
Consider window ledges and empty bookshelves when decorating for the holidays in addition to the tree and the mantel. Place pine boughs in a large vase and hang a handful of ornaments on them. Fill old jars with pistachio nuts, winterberries, or red peppercorns and nestle a tealight on top. Or go for a seashore motif, assembling an array of starfish draped with a length of plain red string.
12. Leave Out Plates of Festive Cookies
The next time you bake some tasty holiday snacks, put them on a pretty plate—and leave them out for all to see. Naturally, this decorative accent won’t last as long as some of your others. However, it should make your space feel even more festive and fun.
13. Showcase Special Holiday Items
One of the easiest—and cheapest—ways to add timeless cheer to the holidays is to take what you already have, but draw attention to it in new and unusual ways. For example, group a few of your favorite holiday figures and ornaments for an instant, no-cost tabletop focal point.
14. Commit to Just a Few Focal Points
Contrary to popular belief, you can craft a stunning space without over-decorating. So commit to just a few focal points—and keep the décor around them relatively sparse. The common mistake people make is buying too much and cluttering up the entire space. Nothing gets a chance to shine if there's an explosion of Christmas—and red and green and Santas and stockings everywhere.
Tip: Pick a focal point and make that the main attraction and then add sparingly elsewhere. This gives the viewer's eyes a chance to rest and appreciate each moment
15. Double The Decor
Mirrors are multitaskers. A tall mirror not only draws the eye upward, but it also reflects, creating the illusion of a much larger space.
Tip: Place your tree in front of the mirror and you’ll have twice as much evergreen cheer!
16. Create Holiday-Themed Vignettes
With just a few simple holiday vignettes placed throughout your home, you can truly set the Christmas mood. For example, some ornaments, a wreath, a small Christmas tree wrapped in some pretty string lights, or a few candles can go a long way! Use your imagination & play around with some holiday decor that you already have to make some Christmas vignettes in your home on buffets, dressers, media stands, coffee tables, & more.
Enjoy the Christmas Holiday Season!
This holiday season is the perfect time to spend quality time with your loved ones. What better way to do that than to join hands and 'DIY' your decorations to adorn your hearth and home? It’s time to get cracking and ring the Jingle Bells!
Infuse a little bit of your character into your décor and see the holiday's magic unfolding before your eyes. We hope these ideas help you decorate your homes for Christmas! Have any more suggestions on decorating your home easily for the holidays? Leave them in the comments below! We would love to hear from you.