As the holidays quickly descend upon us, it’s time to whip out your outdoor holiday decor. From twinkling lights to festive garlands, the options can sometimes seem endless. Here, we give you a list of holiday do’s so your house doesn’t end up looking like one big holiday décor don’t.
1. Do Make a Plan for Your Holiday Decor
Decorating can easily go awry. Before you pull the holiday lights out of storage, have a solid idea of what you want your outdoor display to look like. Even if you plan on keeping it simple, a basic sketch or a list of where each item is going to go will help make decorating a much smoother process.
2. Do Check In With Your Neighbors
If you’re new to the neighborhood, check in with your neighbors to see what their outdoor decor plans entail. It also behooves you to see if there are any neighborhood ordinances in regards to outdoor displays.
3. Do Think Outside the Big Box Store
Store-bought decorations are wonderful. But putting together a display that combines homemade pieces can really make your house a stand-out. Think about embellishing a vintage sleigh with pine cones, pine needles and holiday balls. Or crafting a holiday wreath from felt or yarn, instead of buying one from the store. Hand crafted decorations are also a great way to get kids involved in helping prep for the holidays.
4. Do Go All-White for Your Holiday Decor
Love a winter wonderland? Then take a chance and outfit your home in all-white. The risk is having a display that looks one-dimensional. But mix in some natural greenery like wreaths and garlands, and add a touch of silver, and your display is guaranteed to shine.
5. Do Light the Way
Don’t forget to add a little holiday cheer to front walkways and driveways. Lining them with luminaries is the perfect storm of fashion and function — it looks festive and it lights the way for visiting friends and family. For the hard to reach places, like your roof or trees, consider bringing in a lighting expert to install your lights.
6. Do Be an Energy Saver
Cut down on cost by using LED lights and make sure to turn off your display when you go to bed.
7. Do Use a Professional
If decorating isn’t your forte, don’t hesitate to consult a professional. Not only will they make a plan but they’ll bring in man-power to do the installation for you.
By Megan Mostyn-Brown
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