Holiday interior design ideas that are everything but old-fashioned 

Are you tired of the same old Christmas decorations but don’t want to throw the old ones away? Well, if you’re like us and prefer to save something before tossing it out for the trends, we gathered a few tips on how to splurge your decorations without spending a penny, or at least avoid emptying your bank account. 

Decorating the house should reflect your personality, so there’s no issue if yours doesn’t look like the decorations presented in magazines or social media. The joy of spending the holidays with your friends and family is about engagement, after all. So, try not to stress too much around this period because you won’t be able to appreciate your free time. It would help if you avoid overdoing it for the family impression and eat or drink too much. 

But before getting into serious discussions, here’s how to decorate your house for the holidays to bring more warmth inside. 

Group more things together 

For this tip, you only need the things around your house that look thrown away and group them to create mini decorative collections. Also known as the rule of three, the idea is to find three similar or contrasting objects and group them to beautify the room and avoid clutter. 

For example, if you have different decorative candlesticks in the living room, you can group them in the same place and make them look asymmetric. This concept can be applied to anything you find around the house, and the three objects don’t have to be related― just make them look balanced together. Even if you’ve got some gifts prepared for friends and family from the website of Made at No.7, use the same rule. 

Don’t overdo it 

People believe that holiday decorations must be massive and plenty to showcase the Christmas spirit truly but remember that sometimes less is more. This means that you don’t need to decorate the house from top to bottom but instead opt to introduce small ornaments here and there. You don’t even know a red ribbon’s strong impact at the right place. 

You can successfully decorate the house with fewer products by placing tinsel, for example, somewhere to catch your guests’ attention. Baubles can also go somewhere other than the Christmas tree, such as a fancy bowl, or just scattered around low-traffic areas. If you get inventive enough, you can make use of all decorations by placing them in unique spots or altering them. 

Plants as an alternative Christmas tree 

If you don’t have a Christmas tree around the house and don’t plan on buying a new one, you can go all indie and simply decorate your plants accordingly. Plants are great for the environment and the air quality inside the house, so getting more for Christmas is actually a great idea.

Poinsettia is one of the best species you can get because some leaves get red automatically, so it’s a decoration on its own. The Christmas cactus flourishes in low-light environments and can be placed anywhere. On the other hand, Rosemary works best for establishing a vibe of festivity around the house, but don’t forget about the mistletoe for a cute surprise for your partner. 

Focus on boring spaces 

The laundry room is rarely given any attention when it comes to decorations because it’s not even a low-traffic part of the house, just one where guests don’t usually enter. There are numerous spaces like this one, but how is it Christmas if it’s displayed only in the living room and on the porch?

We encourage you to bring a little joy in these spaces, too, whether you only put a small plant on the washing machine or add bows on the drawers. This sets you up for the holiday season and makes it feel genuine wherever you enter. Remember, every slight improvement is a great effort to improve the holidays. 

Be silly about it 

Sometimes, getting out of the comfort zone produces a greater result than fitting into the standards. That’s why you don’t need to be so serious about it and just enjoy the process because you don’t know where creativity comes from at the end of the day. 

You know what we’re talking about if you heard about putting your tree upside-down but fully decorated. This idea is practical since it saves space and adds a little spice to your decorations and will surely be the main topic at the dinner table. Of course, if your friends and family are not conservative, you can juggle with your ornaments to make them unique. 

Improve the dinner table 

During the holidays, you’ll most likely spend a lot of time around the dinner table, where you enjoy your meals and stay for elongated discussions. Therefore, you should try improving it in a special way to make dinner memorable and impress your guests. 

There are plenty of small ideas for upgrading the table, such as tying cute ribbons to your silverware or folding napkins in the shape of a small Christmas tree. You can also try the following:

  • Upcycle random bottles as candle holders;
  • Put as many greeneries on the table as possible;
  • Reuse decorations around the house along with traditional ones;
  • Use tiny reindeer as cardholders;
  • Mix your tableware for a more colourful look;

Regardless of what you come up with, make sure to organise it to avoid looking like total clutter. It’s easy to mess things up if you don’t have a plan, so take some time to visualise and even draw your dream dinner table for Christmas with what you have around the house. 

Bottom line 

Decorating for the holidays might be tiring, especially if you want similar designs to the ones on the internet. Remember that what you see is probably staged, and as a regular person, you’ll have different interior design ideas, so don’t beat yourself over it. What’s important is that you can use your current decorations and belongings to make the house look great for Christmas. We hope you found these tips helpful! 

Home Base Project Team
Home Base Project Team
At The Home Base Project, we offer practical, real-life tips and inspiration about DIY, decorating and gardening. The Home Base Project provide the best information about home renovation and design, connecting home design enthusiasts and home professionals across the world.


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