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How to Decorate for the Holidays

The Chesterfield Shop
Published on December 8, 2023

The holiday season is upon us, and it's time to update your living space into a cozy, warm and festive haven. No need to worry about updating your large furniture items, we're focusing on creating a stunning holiday space by focusing on the details. This year, let's explore the art of layering textures through throws, pillows, candles, and accessories to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere.

Throws: Wrap Up in Warmth

One of the easiest ways to add a touch of holiday magic to your living room is through the use of throws. Opt for plush, knitted, or faux fur throws. Even better if its in festive colours like deep reds, greens, or classic whites. If you're familiar with The Hudson's Bay Company you will know their iconic striped blanket which is more than perfect for this season. To get that professional look, drape them over the back of your sofa or lay them across your favorite armchair. The softness and warmth throws provide not only elevate the comfort of your space but also instantly evoke a sense of holiday charm.

Pillows: Pile on the Comfort

Enhance the coziness of your space by incorporating holiday or even winter-themed pillows. Mix and match textures like velvet, wool, and embroidery to create visual interest. Choose pillows in traditional patterns such as plaids and houndstooth, or experiment with festive prints. A combination of solid and patterned pillows can bring balance and sophistication to your existing furniture, making it feel fresh and seasonal.

Candles: Setting the Ambiance

Candles are a timeless addition to any holiday decor. Choose a variety of sizes and styles to create a captivating display. Place them strategically on coffee tables, side tables, or even along on the mantel with stockings. If you're looking to add an extra bit of holiday cheer, you can choose scented candles with pine, cedar, cinnamon, or vanilla. The soft glow of candlelight not only adds a warm ambiance but also contributes to the overall festive atmosphere.

Accessories: Small Details, Big Impact

Elevate the holiday spirit by incorporating small, thoughtful accessories throughout your space. Consider decorative bowls filled with pinecones, ornaments, extra lights, stars or little figurines in the shapes of gnomes, deer or snowflakes. Introduce metallic accents like gold or silver candle holders, vases, or trays to add a touch of glamour. These small added details can make a big impact in turning your living room into a winter wonderland.

Layered Rugs: Ground the Space

Bring additional warmth and texture to your room by layering rugs. Consider placing a plush, soft rug over your existing carpet or hardwood floor. This not only adds a cozy element but also helps define different zones within your space. If you're an expert at decorating or wanting a very jolly space, you can select rugs that are in holiday-inspired colours or patterns to tie the entire look together seamlessly.

Greenery and Wreaths: Nature's Touch

Incorporate the beauty of nature into your holiday decor with greenery and wreaths. Place small potted evergreen plants in corners or use them as a centrepiece on a dining or coffee table. Hang wreaths on main doors or above your fireplace for a classic and timeless touch. The vibrant green hues and earthy elements will complement your existing furniture and infuse a breath of fresh, festive air.

Decorating for the holidays doesn't mean you have to overhaul your entire living space. By focusing on layering textures through throws, pillows, candles, and accessories, you can effortlessly transform your home into a warm and inviting haven. Embrace the season with these simple yet effective additions that will not only enhance the holiday spirit but also leave your existing furniture looking refreshed and ready for celebration.

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