The holidays are quickly approaching and I can’t wait to get started on spreading our cheer throughout our home. We enjoy shaking things up and making things look different from the year before. If you’re like me then you’re always in pursuit to Make Your Holiday Decorations Look Extraordinary, fun and full of love. Christmas is such a magical time.
How to Make Your Holiday Decorations Look Extraordinary
Dyker Heights in suburban Brooklyn has become known for its dazzling annual Christmas displays. The tradition started in 1984, when Lucy and Angelo Spata began decking their home out in eye-catching decorations that have included displays such as snowmen in the bushes and giant toy soldiers. Since then, neighbors try to outdo each other for the best decorations. Some homes go for an elegant, traditional look, with bushes and wreaths trimmed in a sea of brilliant lights. Others get more flamboyant, with giant Santas and nutcrackers. Some homes even look like they have their own Macy’s Day Parade, with giant balloons of Rudolph, Snoopy, Mr. Potato Head and Frozen characters Elsa and Olaf.
While you don’t necessarily have to spend $500 on decorations each year like some of the residents of Dyker Heights, you can still find a look that fits your style and budget to make your home stand out for the holidays. Here are three ways you can transform ordinary holiday decorations into something that looks extraordinary.
Transform Your Tree
A Christmas tree is typically the centerpiece of a holiday display, and sprucing it up is one of the most dramatic ways to transform your holiday decor. Find a look that goes with the color and style of the room your tree is in. For instance, Better Homes and Gardens suggests decking out your tree with blue and silver trim for a winter look that fits the modern home. Or if you want a different color theme, going with red and lime to put a spin on traditional emerald-green is another option. Decorating your tree with icicles can be a great look to go with a white background in a brightly lit room, perhaps with crystal glassware nearby to make the room sparkle like a winter wonderland.
You can also change the look and style of your tree itself. A simple but dramatic way to totally revolutionize your holiday look is to get an upside down Christmas tree. The unique look will make your tree stand out, give your home a fresh look, and spark new decorating ideas, in addition to giving you more room for decorative maneuvering and piling presents under the base of the tree.
Make Your Lights Shine
Another way to make your holidays brighter is to change the look of your lights. One Dyker Heights residence used a blue light theme to give their lawn decorations a striking look that stood out from the surrounding homes. You can apply the same technique inside your home and select a lighting color that complements ambient colors to highlight a theme. For instance, use alternate red and green blinking lights to pick up on the colors of a holiday mat.
Another way to make lights stand out is to use them to outline shapes. For example, Architecture Art Design shows how you can arrange lights to look like Santa’s reindeer standing on the roof. You can also arrange lights to make signs with messages, such as pointing the way to a display of “Santa’s Shop” with elves and toys.
Enhance Your Ornaments
Experimenting with different ideas for ornaments is another easy way to adjust the look of your holiday décor to pick up on the style of your room and home. For instance, fill clear glass ball ornaments with white, silver and gold pom-poms to give your tree a sparkly look. For a totally different aesthetic, tie strips of multi-colored washi tape around your ornaments. Or glue light green vertical ribbon stripes to dark green ornaments to make your tree look like it’s decorated with emeralds.
You can also arrange ornaments in color-coded patterns. Good Housekeeping shows how you can make your tree look like a rainbow by arranging the ornaments in a color sequence with reds on the bottom, blues and greens in the middle, and gold and white on top. Pinecones against a white theme or tinsel spelling out text messages are a couple other ideas to make your ornaments look amazing.