With the holidays coming up, many homes and families are starting to break out their holiday decorations and prepare for the changing of the seasons. However, if you’re not particularly crafty or inclined with a decorative spirit, it can be a challenge to know how to take your love for the holidays and showcase that throughout your home. Luckily, with just a little thought and an even smaller amount of money, you can turn your home into a festive wonderland just in time for all the parties and playtime of the holiday season. To show you how, here are three ways you can make your home feel more festive.
Use More Fire Light
Because winter is typically thought to be cold and gloomy, one of the best ways to fight that depression and make your spaces feel festive is to create light and heat using fire. According to Coral Nafie, a contributor to The Spruce, you can add more fire light to your home through candles, a fireplace, or even hosting a candlelight dinner. So when you start to feel like you’d like a bit more festivity in the room you’re in, consider dimming the electric lights and striking a match. Not only will this help to set the holiday mood, but it can also help to keep you warmer as the temperatures drop.
Focus On Scents
A lot of what makes people nostalgic about the holidays can be tied to scents. From the smell of your Grandma’s house to the scent of cinnamon sticks or fresh pine, having the aroma that brings to mind the holidays to you can really help make your home feel more festive. When you can’t have these scents naturally occurring in your home, Olivia Heath, a contributor to House Beautiful, recommends using a diffuser or scented candles to bring out the desired scent. These can create a festive ambience in each room which sets off endorphins in your brains and gets you excited for the holiday season. Not to mention you can’t get better than a nice smelling house! They can even come in wax melt form – these days you can buy beautiful wax melts to create this ambience. Just make sure that you don’t try to mix scents in different rooms that may not mesh well when brought together. This could bring on a headache, which no one wants over the holidays.
Switch Up Your Bedding and Linens
During the summer, keeping lighter linens and bedding in your home makes sense for the sake of comfort. But once the temperature starts to lower, bringing in some heavier, warmer linens can make your home look and feel more festive. Lauren Matthews, a contributor to Country Living, suggests swapping out your cotton sheets for flannel ones and bringing in some festive-looking throws or blankets to add to your decor and help offset the necessity to crank up your heater.
If you’re looking for simple, effective ways to make your home feel more festive over the holidays, use the tips mentioned above to help you do just that.