It's the holidays and our to-do lists are filling up fast. While decorating tops the list, it's a task that doesn't have to be hard nor cost you lots of money to achieve. Try out these 12 simple and creative decor ideas to spruce up your home and bring on the holiday spirit.
Cozy up the couch
Boost the comfort and joy of your couch by giving it a holiday makeover. Replace the existing pillows with decorative ones or drape a throw with a wintery scene over the cushions. For an extra jolly change, find a colorful slipcover at a home décor store and put it over your couch for the holidays.
Center of attention
Did you know tree ornaments can double as a fun and inexpensive centrepiece for your dining table? First choose a color theme, like red and silver or gold and sparkly bulbs, then place them in a large bowl or platter for eye-catching cheer.
Make a garland
Decorating the mantel with garlands sets an elegant holiday stage. From your yard or home store, choose pine, holly or ivy cuttings. Lay the greenery down first to create a base, then accent with small pine cones, silk poinsettia blooms or a few shiny ornaments. Weave striped or sparkly ribbon through the garland for a finishing touch.
Change to festive linens
Bring the holiday spirit into every room. In the kitchen, use holiday-themed dishtowels or in the bathroom, hang red hand towels. Or try replacing everyday bed linens with ones in seasonal colors or patterns. Tip: When it's time to do the wash, keep your colors looking bright with Ariel Sunrise Fresh Power Gel.
Run with it
A colorful runner adds seasonal flair to your dining table. Complement the look with simple white plates and napkins.
Lighten up the place
For a touch of whimsy, place lights in unexpected places throughout your home. Outline a doorway with a strand of fairy lights, wrap a strand around a bannister or post, or bundle a strand or two together and place in a glass bowl.
Garnish the bannister
Greenery adds an outdoorsy feel and makes your home smell good, too. Try tying clusters of pine branches to a bannister with festive ribbon and accent with silvery bows.
Showcase holiday cards
Are you looking for a creative way to display holiday cards? Get long twigs from the yard and arrange in a large vase. Punch small holes in the cards and thread with string or ribbon. Then tie cards onto the branches for bright appeal.
Tie bells to the front door with cheery ribbon as a musical and spirited way to welcome guests.
Dress up a wreath
Take a simple wreath that you already own, like one made from pine cones or pine greenery, and turn it into a dashing focal point. Hang it with mini tree ornaments or attach bows for clever impact.
Mix a holiday potpourri
Make a holiday spice mixture from ingredients straight from your pantry, like cinnamon sticks, cloves and star anise. Place in bowls around the house to spark your senses with yummy aromas and for easy holiday décor.
Deck out a window
Ornaments aren't just for trees. Feature some of your favorites by hanging them in the window. Thread them with varying lengths of merry ribbon and tie them to the curtain rod.
Any holiday décor tips we've missed? Share your favourites with us in the comments below! And visit Ariel for more offers and great ideas on how to care for your linens and clothes this holiday season.