The holidays are almost here, and we're definitely feeling the spirit! While we all do some seasonal decorating, a few of our real estate agents truly go above and beyond. This year, we've asked them to share some of their best holiday decorating tips. Here's what they had to say.
- Choose the Right Tree
There's something really special about going to a tree lot and choosing a fresh tree each year. However, most decorating pros recommend a pre-lit faux tree instead. Not only are they guaranteed to have the perfect shape each year, but the branches are stronger and easier to bend. This allows you to add a variety of different ornaments without the fear of them falling off and breaking.
- Add Some Depth
Whether you choose a real or faux tree, the lighting is critical. If you're adding your own lights, a good rule of thumb is to use one strand of lights for each foot of tree. For example, if you're decorating an eight-foot tree, you'll need eight strands of lights. Make sure you place some lights inside the tree, near the trunk. This will add depth.
- Hang Your Ornaments with Care
When it's time to hang your ornaments, you'll want to start with your larger "statement" pieces. Then use smaller, more neutral ornaments to fill in the spaces. Make sure to stagger the larger ornaments in a zig-zag pattern. This will keep your eyes moving around the tree. Adding small to medium-sized ball ornaments on the inner branches will add even more depth while also neatly filling in any gaps.
- Don't Forget About the Base
If you want your tree to truly look stunning, don't forget about the base! Choose a beautiful tree skirt that matches your ornaments, or find one in a neutral color, so you have more flexibility from year to year. You'll also want to add some decor under your tree to create visual interest. Train tracks are popular, but they're not the only option. You could also add nutcrackers, snowmen, Santas, or other holiday-themed decor. Add the finishing touches by placing a few beautifully wrapped gifts (or empty boxes) under the tree.
- Make the Front Festive
Once the tree is done, it's time to move on to the rest of the house. You'll want your space to feel welcoming and festive right from the start, so pay special attention to your front porch and entryway. Hang a beautiful wreath, adorn your banisters with garland or bows, and add a painted porch leaner or other holiday decor to finish dressing up the space.
- Dress Up Your Stairs
If you're lucky enough to have a multi-story house, your stairs create an exquisite decorating opportunity. You can dress up your whole home by hanging lighted garland or mini-wreaths along the banister. Complete the look by adding perfectly wrapped "gifts" along the edge of each step.
- Add a Touch to Each Room
If you really want to embrace the festive season, make sure you add a bit of holiday decor to each room of your house. Even just a few small pieces will help pull everything together and make your home feel like a winter wonderland.
Is a new home on your holiday wish list this year? Santa might not be able to help, but we can! There are some beautiful Fredericksburg homes for sale this season, and our real estate agents can't wait to help you find the right one. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.