9 Holiday Decorating Ideas to Make Your Home More Festive

Nov 29, 2021


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There’s nothing more exciting than celebrating the holidays with the people that you love. In today’s blog, the interior design experts at Star Furniture provide some fun holiday decorating ideas to help make your home more festive for Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa celebrations.

Get Festive with Throw Pillows

Just because you don’t want to dedicate too much time, energy, or money into holiday decorating doesn’t mean your home can’t look festive. Changing out your throw pillows is an easy and inexpensive way to add some holiday cheer to your home. That’s why it’s one of our favorite holiday decorating ideas. Depending on what you’re celebrating, you can choose a reindeer pillow, a pillow shaped like the Star of David, or a Kwanzaa candle pattern. Then, set them out throughout your home on any sofas, chairs, benches, or beds that need a little extra flair.

Rock a Holiday Rug

Whether you’re decorating for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Christmas, a holiday rug can go a long way toward making your home feel cozy and festive. While there are plenty of rugs with holiday imagery, simply decorating with rugs that feature Christmas colors, Hanukkah colors, or Kwanzaa colors is a subtle way to tie all of your holiday décor together. Plus, rugs serve several practical purposes that can help your home feel cozier.

Captivate with Candles

Looking for holiday decorating ideas to make your home look merry and bright? No matter what holiday you’re celebrating, candles make for great holiday décor. Whether you’re decorating your mantel with a menorah for Hanukkah, a kinara for Kwanzaa, or festive tea lights for Christmas, candles can add some soft lighting to a room to create the perfect ambience for the holidays.

Bring on the Blankets

Even if you don’t live somewhere with cold winters, decorating with blankets is a great way to make your home feel comfy and cozy. Not only does it add texture to the room, but it’s an easy way to add a splash of color or pattern to your home. Once you find some festive blankets you love, drape them over the back of the sofa, across a storage bench, or at the foot of your bed for some extra holiday spirit.

Get Original with Ornaments

Ornaments aren’t just for trees! If you’re looking for some creative Christmas décor, try filling a festive bowl, platter, or basket with a curated arrangement of ornaments and use it as a fun holiday centerpiece for your dining table, accent table, or coffee table. If you’re decorating a mantel, hutch, or bar cart, you can even fill your champagne flutes and martini glasses with a selection of ornaments that pair well together. Decorating for Hanukkah? Use the same strategy above, but instead of filling platters and glassware with ornaments, opt for dreidels or gelt instead.

Go All-In on Garland

Looking for holiday decorating ideas that are specific to Christmas? Try pairing that Christmas tree with some gorgeous garland. Not only can you wrap garland around mantles, bookshelves, dining hutches, and doorframes, but you can also use it to line the bannister on your staircase. For a little extra pizzazz, add string lights, ornaments, ribbon, or bows to your garland strand.

String Up Some Lights

Need some holiday decorating ideas that won’t break the bank? Try hanging some string lights throughout your home. While string lights have made a name for themselves as Christmas décor, there’s no reason you can’t use them to decorate for Hanukkah or Kwanzaa. In addition to stringing lights on your Christmas tree or garland, try hanging them around the perimeter of the room. Want to be extra festive? Find a blank space on the wall and use the lights to create a Star of David, a Christmas tree, or a kinara. In addition to choosing where to hang string lights, you’ll also need to decide what colors to use. While white string lights look classy and sleek, you can shake things up with colored lights for something a bit more whimsical.

Try Out a Table Runner

Are you hosting a holiday dinner party? Spruce up your table with a festive table runner. While tablecloths are great, they can end up covering the natural beauty of your dining furniture. Table runners allow you to add some extra flair without hiding your table’s charm. Plus, you should have no trouble finding table runners perfect for Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa.

Bring Out the Holiday Photos

One of our favorite holiday decorating ideas involves swapping out your regular wall photos for framed holiday photos. Whether it’s pictures of your kids sitting on Santa’s lap, your family in their best holiday sweaters, or the whole gang together at last year’s holiday dinner party, hanging holiday photos is a good way to remind you and your guests of all your happy holiday memories. Now that you have all these great holiday decorating ideas, it’s time to start decorating. Visit a Star Furniture store near you to browse our huge selection of home décor. You can even pick up new living room or dining room furniture that will take your hosting to the next level. In the meantime, check out our interior design blog where we cover everything from how to set a table for a dinner party to unique gift ideas for everyone on your list.