Putting Together a Winter Christmas Theme For the Home
Whoever thought that colorful lights bring out the holiday fun should experience a white Christmas! Not to be celebrated in an air of monotony, a winter Christmas theme looks chic and feels surprisingly warm when done right.
What you Need for a Winter Christmas Theme
Of course, the usual groundwork for setting up your home for the holidays is important. What do you need to prepare and how do you gear yourself up?
Create a decorating plan according to the look you want to achieve, and set a reasonable budget for this project. Know what rooms or areas you need to concentrate on and how big these areas are. By doing this, you will know how much money and time are necessary.
If you want to cover your entire living room, dining area and even your outdoor space, make sure to start a few months before Christmas. Filling your house with decorations will be time consuming so to achieve the look you want, create a schedule and follow it.
When you have planned your decorations, create a shopping list. Determine the items that are necessary and those that you can do without. Place your materials in a safe place so that they donít get harmed and are easy to track.
Add texture by incorporating everyday items. Think white terry rugs, chenille throws in creamy tones, silk pillows in bright white. Candles are inexpensive, widely available and easy to incorporate.
For your ornaments, instead of using holly berries choose white flowers: French tulips, babyís breath, calla lilies, star lilies, white roses. Babyís breath can be inserted into the Christmas tree, but the flowers need to be in water; vases around the room add fresh scent and beautiful texture. Another centerpiece idea is to fill a glass jar with: white ornaments in a variety of sizes; white sand; sea salt; white seashells. Use white lights with your decorations to make them glow. These lights enhance the vibrancy and texture of your decor and ultimately, the spirit of Christmas.
The Christmas Tree
Of course, you'll need a white Christmas tree to achieve that quaint, snowy feel. If youíve already got an artificial tree, bring it out and work with it. Replicate the snow-covered trees outdoors by adding flocking, or highlight it with white ornaments. If youíre feeling creative, get the look of a Snow and Ice Tree by doing the following:
- Decorate your tree with white garlands, ribbons, beads, bows, snowflakes and any other white ornament you can think of.
- Put some white novelty lights that are shaped like snowflakes or icicles.
- Add some see through-crystal or plastic ornaments that reflect the glow coming from your Christmas lights. With these ornaments, it will look like your tree is dripping with gleaming frozen shapes.
- Finally, spray the entire thing with flocking (simulated snow that comes in aerosol cans). You can buy this from hobbies and crafts stores.
If there is flocking left over, spray it on artificial Christmas wreaths and garlands for an outdoor, wintry touch!
Creating a white Christmas theme in your home depends upon your creativity and how far you want to go. Whether you have white Christmas trees or plain old green ones, itís easy to turn your living spaces into a White Christmas worthy of a movie!