Christmas doesn't have to be hard. This year, dial down on the stress and count off easy decor tips to get your home looking festive and fine!
Holy log cakes, it’s almost Christmas! We’ve been singing All I Want for Christmas from our playlist ever since Mariah surfaced from her slumber to bring us our yearly Yuletide cheer. We say it’s time to pull out the fir tree and get a head start on festive decor. Take these easy as eggnog Christmas home decor tips to get you going…
Christmas home decor tips for cosy vibes
1. Welcome, lush green lovelies
We can live without a white Christmas but it ain’t festive without the tree! Real, fake, big or small, propping up a centrepiece in your living room is the easiest way to get your Christmas on. We went tree spotting and found the best places to buy gorgeous Christmas trees in Singapore. Also, nothing screams Christmas in the tropics like a pretty pineapple dressed with baubles and whatnot.
2. Set the table elegantly
If you’re the one hosting get-togethers this season, you’ll want a lovely table to accentuate all the finest feasts you’ve got planned. Make sure you pull out all the stops – we’re talking about table clothes or table runners, placemats, dinner plates, napkins, silverware, an eye-catching centrepiece, wine glasses and the like. Throw in some pine cones, sprigs of holly, berries and a dash of red, and you’re good to go.
3. Happy holly-days!
Turn up the aircon, pretend like you’re in the tundra and dress up boring shelves, doors and walls with festive trimmings. We’re running to home decor stores for Christmas decorations like wreaths, garlands, trinkets and LED candles in every shape and size. This is the one time of the year you can go overboard and no one will judge you.
4. Colours of the world
Yes, you can spice up your life with every hue under the rainbow. But should you? We say pick a colour scheme or theme and stick with it. That way, you won’t go overboard and buy every pretty bauble you lay eyes on. Try traditional combinations like red and green or create a frosty wonderland in the tropics with blue and silver trimmings.
5. Beautiful blooms on display
We love how florists in Singapore go into overdrive with their gorgeous creations during the festive season. The best part? Unlike poinsettias that look out of place once January rolls in, dried flower arrangements (if cared for well) look all kinds of wonderful all year round. Hit up same-day flower delivery services or preserved flower shops for chic blooms that’ll breathe new life into your abode.
6. DIY everything
Whether you’re making your own decorations, putting together a wooden Christmas tree, crafting a cool advent calendar for the little ones or embellishing family photos with Xmas trimmings, there’s plenty to get hands-on with. Plus, one-of-a-kind trinkets are way more meaningful than store-bought knick-knacks!
7. Let there be (fairy) lights
Nope, you can never have enough of these twinkling string lights in your life. For inspiration, check out the glow of Christmas lights dotting the island, and don’t stop till your home starts looking like one of those pictures on Pinterest. Put them in jars, drape them around your curtains, go overboard with the tree, leave them on the dinner table or wrap them around yourself (‘cos why the hell not) – there’s no way you can go wrong with these. But if the folks living three blocks down can spot your house, maybe bring down a string or two.
8. Refresh the look
A squeaky clean home is reason enough for us to celebrate. But for Christmas home decor, we recommend doing something extra crazy like rearranging the furniture. Or bringing in something new (or vintage). The more drastic, the greater the effect.
9. It’s all about the scent of Christmas
Sure, we can simmer a pot of oranges, cloves and cinnamon for mulled wine. But will we really take the time to do so? Instead, we’re putting on a diffuser with the dreamiest of scents. Infuse your home with essential oils or candles, we say. It’s easy-peasy. And if you want to be extra, baking bread or festive cookies will do it too.
After you’ve dressed up your home for Christmas, you’re all ready for the festivities!