How to Create a Christmas Decorating Theme - dummies

How to Create a Christmas Decorating Theme

Finding inspiration for Christmas decorating themes starts right at home. Christmas decorations can get expensive, but not if you first use items you have in the house. For example, look to your interests and hobbies: An antique toy collection could be the foundation of an old-fashioned Christmas theme; and gardeners could showcase botanicals from their yards.

Christmas is one of the few holidays where you can easily decorate each room in a different theme and it all goes together because you have consistent items from room to room. The consistent pattern of green garland and trees throughout the home pulls it all together. So, you can go all out decorating with themes throughout your home.

The following table offers lists of items traditionally associated with Christmas, as well as a few things you want to keep in mind when choosing your decorating theme.

Christmas Decorating Inspirations
Colors Fabrics Botanicals Accent Items
Reds Plaids Poinsettias Ribbon
Greens Novelty prints Holly Ornaments
Golds Satin Mistletoe Nativity
Silvers Taffeta Evergreen trees, boughs, garlands, and wreaths Collections
Blues Organza Amaryllis Snowflakes
Purples Tulle or netting Paperwhite narcissus Snowmen
Whites, creams Felt Cranberries Toys
Fleece Pomegranates Santa
Fur Pine cones Sleighs
Tapestries Clove-studded oranges, apples Reindeer
Moiré Elves
Crystal, silver, and gold items
Candy canes
Gingerbread houses
Lights, tinsel, candles

Because Christmas is so popular for decorating one’s home, many themes and decorations are at your disposal to explore. If you don’t already have a particular style that determines your Christmas décor, if you’re looking to try something new, or if you’re simply looking to expand your holiday decorating into another room but want to do something different, check out the themes here:

Christmas Decorating Themes
Theme Description
Music Lots of scrolls of sheet music, musical instruments, brass
Patriotic Plenty of red, white, and blue ribbon or lights on the tree,
Americana ornaments, flags
Victorian Beaded ornaments, lace, ribbon, roses, pearls, baroque pieces,
Kitchen Wooden spoons, gingerbread ornaments, copper cookie cutters,
punched tin ornaments, miniature molds, tin measuring spoons
Nature Gilded or glittered pine cones, berry and fruit garlands,
preserved fruit slices, raffia bows, grapevine garland
Nautical Shell ornaments, shell garland, miniature ship-themed items,
blue and white bows