Christmas Interior Decorating – A 3 Simple Step Guide on How to Find Your Inner Creative Inspiration

So Santa Claus will be visiting soon and you have not finished (or started) decorating your home for your guests or for your enjoyment. Or perhaps you look around your home and feel as if there is something missing in your decoration.

-Don’t panic!
-Don’t hide in the closet!
-Don’t try to wrap yourself in a box to avoid decorating!
-Don’t grab the scissors and stare at the tangled Christmas lights!
-Don’t put an extra something in the eggnog to try to calm your nerves!
-Don’t eye the ornaments and imagine your family as targets!

Follow these 3 simple steps, practiced by elves at the North Pole in charge of interior decorating, in order to find your creative inspiration for decorating the interior of your home.

1st step

Remember your goal. The goal is to decorate so you LOVE walking into your home and inviting people to visit. Not just admiring the outside Christmas lights, but the heart of the home (the inside!!) … so you can FEEL that Christmas is near … so people can talk about how wonderful your home looks (hey, there is nothing wrong with having fans admire your creative unique interior decorations). You make your home special every time you decorate because no matter how many ideas an interior decorator may give you; it is ultimately your personality (as an individual or a family) that chooses the ultimate Christmas decorating design. No home can ever be decorated the same because we all have different personalities, styles, and tastes that inspire our creative heart to reach our desired goal.

2nd step

Narrow down a mood. The second step to finding your inner Christmas decorating inspiration is to narrow down a mood that you want to feel in the room. What emotion do you want to portray in the room? Do you prefer informal or formal. March of the Wooden Soldiers with Laurel & Hardy movie or White Christmas with Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney movie. Making your own gingerbread house or buying one already made.

Now remember, there is nothing wrong with combining two moods and styles as long as there is harmony. How do you go about doing that? Simple: pick your primary mood preference then throw “decor sprinkles” of your secondary preference. You prevent two moods from clashing when the secondary preference is introduced into the room in small amounts – which I call “decor sprinkles”. For example, say you want to decorate your home to reflect an elegant white Christmas look (the main mood preference is relaxed elegance) but you don’t want it to look too fancy (the second preference is a decor sprinkle of fun!).

You can:

Decorate your home with wreaths sprayed with snow and have white elegant fabric bows, with silver bells. Place white felt fabric on all tables to resemble snow. Decorate your tree with clear Christmas lights, different shades of white & silver round ornaments, fresh cut white roses, beautiful soft doll angels with white feathered wings; and place under your tree presents wrapped in silver with white ribbons and bows. These are all primary mood preferences of elegance.

Then, add your décor sprinkles of fun! Add to your Christmas tree adorable snowmen figurine ornaments with red scarves and red roses that pick up the color of the red scarf on the snowmen; add mistletoe and red berry branches to the center of doorways; and insert small red & white stripped candy canes within your snow covered wreaths. The red color is your little SPLASH of fun! Be careful not to overwhelm the sprinkle of your secondary preference – the holiday magic word is “subtle”. These are all secondary mood preferences of fun.

Remember, narrowing down what mood you and your family prefer for the current Christmas will inspire you and your family to start visualizing designs in your imagination that bring comfort and joy.

3rd STEP

Organize a decorating plan. Knowing the first two steps gives you a guide (a design blueprint!). So now you know your goal (1st step), and you know the direction of the mood you wish to use for your interior decoration (2nd step). The next step is to organize a decorating plan (3rd step).

How?

Look within yourself … or much easier (less meditation!) … look within the boxes that contain last year’s Christmas decorations in order to organize your decorating plan. If you have a limited amount of decorations, then go window-shopping to sort through store decorations.

Take out all the decorations you have and sort out what you like and what you do not like. As soon as you start to sort, you will receive inspirational decorating thoughts that will guide you to pick this year’s Christmas decoration design plan that will impress even Santa Claus.

Search and sort by:

Mood. Sort the decorations by moods (which are fancy, elegant, relaxing, whimsical, funky, playful, etc).

Theme. Organize by theme (nutcrackers, snowmen, a Christmas village, indoor animations, reindeers, etc.)

Color. Separate each ornament or decoration with the color that stands out the most. This goes for Christmas lights as well – separate the multicolor Christmas lights from the single color Christmas lights.

Taking the time to search and sort through your Christmas decorations will:

o keep you from wanting to use every single décor you own and inspire you to save them for other Christmases to come.

o help you pick out what matches or doesn’t for your (a) comfort (1st step – goal) and (b) preference (2nd step – mood).

o help you plan a design that harmonizes with your personality and furniture. Just because you have a red bow does not mean you have to use it. A red bow attached to a red lampshade will not stand out; whereas a white bow would be a noticeable contrast.

o make planning future Christmas decorating easy since you already went through the process of sorting and stored decorations by mood/theme/color.

o save you money since now you purchase with a plan in mind that match your goal and the mood that you want to portray in your current Christmas theme, instead of just grabbing any (or all) adorable Christmas decorations.

Perhaps you do not like an ornament that was given to you by a relative, but you feel obligated to have it as part of your Christmas interior décor. REMEMBER, it is your home … your comfort … your creative Christmas décor. Do not let past gifts bully you into feeling that you “have to” display the item(s). Choose decorations that “YOU” want to represent in your home.

Extra Tip: if you have a guest that gave you a unique décor and he/she is planning to stay over for the holiday, then surprise them by decorating the guest room with the unique gift. They will wholeheartedly appreciate the thought you gave into displaying the gift, and feel happier during the happy holidays.

Where to Find an Interior Decorator

There are quite a few different reasons why a homeowner may choose to hire an interior decorator to decorate and style their home. It may be that they don’t feel creative enough, or they just don’t have the time to put forth the proper effort. Whatever reason you have for choosing to hire a decorator, you need to make sure that you find the best one that fits your style and vision for your home. If you are having trouble finding a qualified interior designer, then here are some ideas for finding decorators for your home.

Ask Friends and Family for Referrals for Interior Decorators

The best way to find a qualified decorator is to ask the people you know and trust if they can recommend anyone they have worked with. When you hire a referred interior decorator, you can know what type of work to expect since the professional has already worked with a person you know and trust for the referral. When asking your friends and family for referrals, be sure to ask questions that will help you decide if the person is right for you. Some questions you may want to ask may be how long the project took and if the overall end-result of the project was a success that consisted of only a few small problems.

Look at Online Review Websites for Interior Decorators

Although you may not know the people who are posting reviews online for the different interior designers in your area, these websites can still be a starting point to finding a qualified decorator for your home. You can use the online reviews to make a preliminary list of interior decorators that you can then narrow down after you make phone calls to the business. Remember that you can’t always trust what you read on these review websites, which is why it is important that you narrow down your list of possibilities after a phone interview with each decorator.

Utilize Referral Services for Decorators

You can find several different referral services that will include categories for interior designers on the Internet. Each of the different services may have some sort of version of matching you up with an interior decorator. Just like the review websites, these types of services can be a great starting point for starting your list of potential decorators for your home. Be sure to check out the American Society of Interior Decorators for their members who live in your area so that you can add them to your list as well.

Seek Out Interior Decorators’ Work

Visit such things as model homes and decorating shows to find decorators who have styles that you like. Most building contractors will hire an interior decorator to come and stage a model home. This is a great way to find decorators and see their work at the same time. You just have to ask the contractor or the sales agent who designed the décor plan and then seek that person out. Look at your expo centers in and around your city to see if you are going to have any home expos coming up. At these types of expos you can see the decorator’s work as well as talk to them about specific projects so that you have another step done in the choosing process.

Hiring a decorating may not be as difficult as you think. When you get good referrals from people you know, the whole process of finding a qualified interior decorator becomes much easier.

Interior Decoration Of Your Residence – Making A House A Home!

Is the interior decoration of your residence due again? Does this thought bring enthusiasm to your mind, or do you dread the thought? Does it excite you or does it cause you frustration? Certainly there would be mixed feelings as far as home interior decoration is concerned. Everyone is not blessed with skill or creativity. Some may even detest all the activities this project demands. It could be that they consider themselves incapable of doing a good job of interior decorating. On the other hand, there will be those people who are rearing to take a go at it and will be gladly anticipating getting into the paint and plaster. Whatever your disposition, you can be sure that a lot of help is available for everyone, irrespective of whether they gladly anticipate the project or simply abhor it and can’t wait to get it over and done with.

A professional interior decorator offers the best solution to the people who can’t be bothered much with decorating the interior of their homes. The professional will assist you in choosing a decoration design. He will also help you with the choice of flooring, colors, furnishings and accessories. He will chalk out a plan but you may be required to hire a painter or somebody to do your flooring. If you can afford it, this option is the best but quite a few people will be short of funds to hire a professional interior decorator, a flooring installer and a painter.

If you enjoy adventures, interior decoration of your house would represent an exciting challenge to your creativity and sense of adventure. You can find all types of information about doing up the interior of your home very easily. There are monthly magazines dedicated to interior decoration of homes which spell out detailed information and instructions on how to go about interior decoration of your home. In addition, there are do-it-yourself books describing easy-to-follow step-by-step procedures for you. The internet comes up as a great storehouse of information on how to decorate your interior home. Numerous sites are full of useful particulars to help you in planning your interior decoration and a great tool that will guide you through the entire process. A lot of information can also be gathered from the television on how to do the interior decoration of your home. Reality programs on the television instruct and give great ideas for your interior decoration.

After deciding to do the interior decoration of your residence, your first action should be to decide which areas or rooms will need a change. Several themes are available which will facilitate you in deciding the furnishings, color, accessories and fabric. These include Cottage, Modern, Victorian, French Country, English Country, Medieval, Traditional, Art Deco, Moroccan, Southwestern, etc. When you zero in on a theme, it will be easier to select materials according to this design for home interior. Considering the numerous resources at your disposal for interior decoration of your residence, you would have a whale of a time selecting a color palette to enhance your rooms, add warmth with choicest fabrics, decide on comfortable furnishings and choose accessories to compliment and accent your space. With so many resources offering free ideas for home decorations, you could turn the interior designing of your home into an exciting project without the usual stress and frustration proving an impediment for your enjoyment.