December is getting closer, and it’s time to get festive! Unfortunately, the holidays are a bit different in Australia, since it’s the middle of summer. But that doesn’t mean you can make your home a cosy sanctuary that’s perfect for watching Christmas movies and family gatherings.
In this post, we’re sharing easy and affordable ways to infuse festive spirit into your interiors. Take a look.
Start by Decluttering
When was the last time you deep cleaned your home? The upcoming festive season is a good excuse to declutter your space. You have likely collected things that you no longer need. Consider discarding, donating or selling such items. Starting with a clean and decluttered space will help you think clearly.
A common reason why your home may quickly become messy is inadequate storage. If that’s the case, it’s time to invest in storage solutions to keep everything in place. You can affordably purchase simple wicker baskets to store things on top shelves and under your bed. Such baskets are also available in thrift stores.
Incorporate Soft Fabrics
Nothing screams cosy more than soft fabrics. From your bedding to rug, pick plush fabrics that promise comfort. If you are not keen on spending a fortune on new upholstery, we recommend creating your own. You can buy a wide variety of furry and soft fabrics to easily DIY cushion covers and accessories for your sofa.
Light it Up
There is something inexplicable magical about twinkling fairy lights. You can twist them around banisters, stick them on windows or rest them on your headboard, the possibilities are endless. Fairy lights are one of the cheapest ways to make your home Christmas ready. Additionally, we recommend using a mixture of lighting fixtures to create an inviting and whimsical space.
Since you’ll be installing additional lighting fixtures, your energy bills will likely spike up. There’s no better time to visit ElectricityWizard and switch to a competitively-priced plan.
Indulge in Aroma
The sense of smell is powerful enough to transport you back to a cherished memory. Then why not infuse your home with delightful Christmas aromas? To put yourself in a festive mood, explore popular scents like gingerbread, hot chocolate, cinnamon, roast chestnuts and cedar. There are a plethora of candles and aroma diffusers available on the market. Alternatively, you can try making an interior scent at home. All you need is essential oils, distilled water and a spray bottle.
Infuse Life with Plants
With so much decor around, your interiors may start feeling stuffy. You can introduce freshness in your home with plants. Indoor plants are a wonderful way to bring outdoors inside and add a pop of colour.
Don’t worry if you are not blessed with a green thumb. Snake plants, aloe vera, pothos and lavender are some easy-to-maintain plants. Moreover, decorating your kitchen with potted herbs is a charming idea.
Hang Up High-Quality Blinds
It can be difficult to enjoy a movie marathon with the sun blasting through the windows. Luckily, there is a solution for that. Replace delicate curtains with heavy-duty blinds. With the right window treatment, you can create a cosy ambience at any time of the day.
Change the Colour Scheme
If your home is mostly filled with neutral decor, take this as a sign to change the colour scheme. Christmas is an occasion that deserves rich and bright hues. Some of our top picks include Forest Green, Plum, Gold, Purple, and of course, Red.
While the decor can be vibrant, we suggest choosing a calming colour palette for the rest of your home. Soft mauves, blues, greys and pinks are the way to go.
Buy or Rent a Projector
Want to take movie nights to the next level? Get a mini projector! You can connect this inexpensive device to the internet or your laptop and set it up anywhere you like. All you need is a blank wall. Now make yourself a tub of warm popcorn and enjoy watching your favourite shows or movies on the big screen.
Get Festive Accessories
Festive accessories are an easy way to transform your space for Christmas. Switch the cushions on your sofa with festive-themed cushions. You can also throw in a snuggly blanket, even if you won’t be using it.
These are subtle additions to your home. If you want to go all out, how about building a Christmas village? You can create your very own winter wonderland in your home. It’s also a fun project to do with your kids. Etsy is a goldmine for finding perfect pieces for your Christmas village. You can create it on a table or your fireplace mantle.
Switch Up Your Bar Cart
Though eggnog is deemed as the ultimate Christmas drink, we can agree that it’s not everyone’s drink of choice. After all, it’s a concoction of raw eggs, cream and sugar.
Whether you are inviting friends over or planning to host a Christmas party, it’s time to update your bar cart with delectable beverages. We suggest stocking up on your favourite red wine to make refreshing sangria for your guests. Additionally, you can’t go wrong with sparkling wine and chilled beers. If you are keen on trying out a new cocktail that feels celebratory, we suggest French75. A blend of gin, champagne, lemon juice and sugar, this sparkling concoction will delight your taste buds.
Redoing the layout of your home doesn’t cost a thing but can significantly improve its visual appeal and functionality. You probably don’t mind squeezing your way through to get around a chair in the corner, but your guests won’t feel the same. It would be best to rearrange the furniture in a way that allows smooth traffic flow. You should also move the furniture closer together to create a conversational and inviting space.
Seasonal home decor doesn’t have to break the bank. You can easily make your home feel like a cosy haven with a wide range of textures, colours and decor. Hopefully, the above-mentioned tips will help you create a carefree and welcoming space without spending too much.