Almost everyone loves Christmas: ecstatic kids with faces all lit up, exchanging gifts, lights everywhere stories and myths about reindeers, snowmen and Santa Claus, warm, fuzzy feelings and a bit nostalgic and all! For creative adults, though, perhaps the best bit is decorating their spaces for this fun-filled holiday.
However, with the increase of homes in rooms (also known as your condominiums), decorating can be quite difficult: stick to your usual Happy Holidays! banners and your pad will surely look dull; bring out that gigantic Christmas tree and the breathing space of your home is compromised. So how can you balance creativity and comfort? Here are five simple steps:
Choose a theme and stick to it. Since you do not have the luxury of having a big space to work with, it is not advisable to randomly select a few pieces for decoration and throw them together in a room or two. This will make your condominium cluttered and messy. Instead, choose a certain theme that you fancy and stick to it. Use similar colors and hues, materials and text fonts when glamming your space up.
Decorate that door. Be one with the celebration and make guests feel welcome right at your door step! Designing your doors, door frames and even your door knobs simply by hanging a mistletoe and a couple of bells or elaborately by making it seem like a portal to the North Pole. Let your imagination take you away!
Pick out flat, poster-type decors over 3D ones. Instead of focusing on using your floor space, make use of your walls and other surfaces. There are a lot of 3D-looking stickers and posters that you can use to achieve your desired Christmas look without taking up too much space. In fact, some designs can even make your condominium look bigger than it actually is!
Incorporate Christmas in your furniture and fixtures. Cover the couch with red or green. Change your curtains to white with gold trimmings. Buy Christmas-inspired throw pillow covers, doilies, plates, glasses, bowls, cutlery and many more instead of buying decorative materials alone. Let your furniture and fixtures scream Merry Christmas! and you surely won't need to worry about decorating your flat. What's best about these items is that you get to use them year after year as well!
Appeal to other senses. Bear in mind that aside from the sense of sight, you can also work on engaging other senses in your Christmas decorating, providing a unique and complete experience for your guests. Put your “Silent Night” play list on. Light scented candles in pine. If available, use pillows disguised as Santa’s sacks in your living room. The possibilities are endless, just let your creativity take over!
With its colorful and festive nature, Christmas is always a great time to relax and to unleash of your creative side. Don't let anything, especially small spaces, stop you.