Although Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday, Christmas is a just a hair’s breadth away from it. While many consider the former romantic holiday something created to sell flowers, candy and cards, I see it as a time to let your friends and family know just how much you love them. Of course the same can be said of Christmas, although my focus is usually on the holiday’s original intent; to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
However, when it comes to Christmas, I can’t do anything halfway. I’m all about decorations and special celebrations aimed at sharing the sentiments of the season. Every room in my house is geared toward the joy and happiness this special season brings.
Over the years, many guests have questioned how and why I decorate the way I do. The answer is simple. I consider it an honor to be able to add just a touch of happiness into the lives of family and friends.
Over the course of the next few articles, I will share ideas for decorating various rooms of a home, based upon my favorite Christmas decor. I’ll even provide tips on were to locate the items I use plus ideas on how to use them best. I hope that you will find at least one you want to incorporate into your 2010 Christmas celebration.
Let’s begin with one of my favorite rooms in the home; the bedroom.
Idea #1. Add Some Christmas Comfort.
Replace existing bedding with something geared toward a holiday theme. This idea came into existence in my home after I found a stunning Christmas quilt at a yard sale one year for just $5. Ever since that purchase, the entire decor of one of my guestrooms has been centered around that stunning piece of art.
Tip: If you can’t find a Christmas quilt or bedspread that you like or can afford, try making your own. Purchase fabric panels with a Christmas theme and sew them into a block quilt or plain bedspread you can purchase at a discount department store like K-Mart for less than $30.
Another idea is to attach silk poinsettias to a quilt or spread by ironing them on with fabric fuse or by using fabric glue. Secure the petals and leaves further with a three-dimensional plain or glitter craft glue. Embellish the flower centers with beads or pearls.
If neither of the above idea suits you, just use a plain colored comforter or spread. Decorate it with colorful Christmas throw pillows that can be purchased cheaply at stores like Big Lots or Dollar General. Better still, make your own using your favorite Christmas fabric and pillow fillers.
Sheets and pillowcases can be done in Christmas colors too. Just choose colors that go with the completed bedding.
Idea #2. Add Floral Decor.
Pull colors from the bed cover to choose flowers for the room. For example, since my quilt features Santa, it is done in traditional red, green, blue, gold and white. Therefore, I like using red Christmas roses, white poinsettias and greenery with holly for floral decor. I also use matching garlands of white poinsettias, red roses or both to accent the top of green curtains already a part of the room.
Tip: Silk flowers don’t have to be expensive. Very pretty poinsettias and even some roses can be found at places like Dollar Tree or Family Dollar for next to nothing. If you can’t find a garland you like or can afford, make your own using inexpensive pine garland as the backing and gluing flowers into it. Give it an extra special feel by spraying the whole garland with glitter. For more appeal, weave in beads or ribbon and make big ribbon bows for each side of the window.
Idea #3. Don’t Forget the Tree.
Don’t be afraid to put a Christmas tree up in any room of your home, including the bedroom. That is especially important if you know you will have guests over the holidays. Make them feel special and let them know how welcome they are by taking extra time to decorate a tree just for them.
If appropriate, put gifts underneath the tree for your guests. An alternative idea is just to add items that might make a guest’s stay with you more comfortable. These would include things like books, magazines, cards, puzzles, snack foods, slippers, hand lotion and other toiletry items.
Tip: Shop after Christmas sales to pick up small Christmas trees that have been discounted. That way, you will have extra trees for any bedroom where you want to put them.
Tie the theme of the tree’s decorations in with the bedding. For example, if the quilt features Santa’s toyshop, choose miniature toys to decorate the tree.
Idea #4. Adorn the Walls Too.
Even the artwork in a room can take on a Christmas feel. If you have prints or paintings with a Christmas theme, replace the room’s artwork with that. If you don’t, try covering wall art to look like Christmas packages. I wrote a how-to article on that technique, if you want to check it out.
Idea #5. Add ambience.
Don’t forget the candles. If you are afraid of using real ones, choose some of today’s faux candles. They are finally affordable and most of them look real, flickering in the dark.
Include a Christmas nightlight. Again, that is important for guests who might be with you over the holidays. Remember they are not thoroughly familiar with your home and could trip and hurt themselves in the dark. Offer a nightlight for extra light. They can choose to use it or just turn it off.
Twine tiny rice or LED lights inside of nightstand runners or translucent pottery. The extra light adds just enough romance but is not enough to be distracting.
Tip: Candles are another thing you can often find at garage sales. Most stores also have a lot of them left after Christmas so you can pick them up for a song in just about any color you desire. The same goes for rice or LED lights.
Idea #6. Provide Some Inspiration.
This can be done by simply putting a Bible on the bedside table. Another idea is to provide a book of Psalms or religious poetry for reading.
Think about putting an angel in the room. For a guestroom, add a note that says, “May the heavenly hosts watch over you while you are in our home.” The sentiment will be appreciated.
Tip: If you have time, make a scrapbook for your guests. Fill it with photos from your times together along with inspirational sayings. Be sure to leave room for pictures from the current visit. The book can serve as gift for your guest to take back home with them; a remembrance of your special time together.
Idea #7. Scent it up.
If your candles aren’t scented you can add gentle aromas to the bedroom through oil diffusers, plug-in scents and sachets. Opt for scents that have a Christmas tie-in like holly, pine, vanilla, cinnamon, etc.
Tip: Always check to make certain your guests aren’t allergic to perfumes before adding any kind of scent to a guestroom.
Whether the bedroom design is just for you and your family or for your friends too, go all out to add special touches with a decided Christmas flair. You will find yourself enjoying the season more than ever before.