Continuing Festive Decor Past the Holidays

There are a number of reasons that you might want to keep your decorations even once December comes to a conclusion. For example, you might have spent a sizeable sum on your decorations, meaning that you want to get some more use out of them before you either toss them out or pack them up for future use. Alternatively, you might like living in such a bright and colourful home, meaning that you want to have their effects all-year-round. Whatever your reasoning, you should know that you can continue using your decorations past the holidays so long as you are willing to put in some time and effort into the proper preparations.

Here are some examples of how you can continue using your decorations even once the holidays are over:

Seasonal Nature

One of the biggest problems with your decorations is their seasonal nature, meaning that they become out of place as soon as the holidays are over. Fortunately, there is a simple and straightforward solution to this problem in the form of converting them into new decorations, which should be doable even if you are not particularly skilled with your hands. For example, if you have some colored Christmas lights that you are planning to toss out, you should consider sticking them onto a circular-shaped backing with their bases facing inwards, thus resulting in a brilliant wreath that can provide a much-needed splash of color to even the drabbest and dreariest of places. Similarly, if you have some pleasing-looking wrapping paper left over from your presents, you can cut them into decorative shapes such as leaves and flowers for all-season use, thus putting them to a much better use than taking up space in the landfills. Summed up, if you want to continue using your decorations while minimizing your waste in the process, you can use the Internet to find more conversion ideas for use in your home

All Year Around

On a related note, since the seasonal nature of decorations is such a big problem, you can sidestep the entire issue by choosing decorations that are just as suitable for the rest of the year as they are for the holidays. For example, if you choose decorations that are more winter-themed than holidays-themed, you can continue using them throughout the season even once the holidays are over, thus saving you a great deal of time and effort that would have had to be spent on redecorating. Granted, this is not a practical solution for all of the homeowners out there because too many all-season decorations can actually hamper their efforts to make their homes seem festive, but when used in moderation, it should prove a clever way for them to extend the usefulness of some of their decorations even once the holidays are over.

Natural Elements

Natural elements are an excellent choice for decorating your home not just during the holidays but also afterwards. For example, ever-green sprigs and boughs are popular choices for the home, both because their green freshness serve as a reminder of warmer weather and because they are much more accessible than most forms of plant life during the season of winter. Likewise, acorns see much use for decorating purposes during the winter for much the same reasons, particularly when combined with other natural elements. The best part about all of this is that once you have become bored with your natural elements, you can give them a makeover to make their presence seem fresh once again, as shown by the countless examples of homes decorated with acorns that have been painted in some bright and vibrant color that is sure to capture wandering eyes.

Let your guard down

For that matter, natural materials can serve much the same purpose as natural elements. In main, this is because natural materials such as wood and stone possess a sense of warmth that can contribute much to the welcoming atmosphere that is so critical for the holidays. However, it should also be noted that wood and stone can possess a sense of rustic reliability, which makes people much more relaxed when using them, as opposed to a sense of refined elegance, which can put people on guard for fear of causing damage to something that seems so delicate. Regardless, decorations made using natural materials already possess many of the quintessential characteristics of the holidays, meaning that they need nothing more than some extra tinsel to make them in tune with the spirit of the season.

Bright Lights

Bright lights are a great way to make a home look its best for the holidays. However, it is important to remember that those lights can remain useful for months and months to come. After all, light is not just one of the most important decorative elements but also one of the most versatile. For example, a light put in the right place can put increased emphasis on a particular point, thus helping it to stand out without making it too prominent for good taste in the process. In contrast, lights in more subtle locations can change the ambience of the room, whether making it warmer and more welcoming for the holidays or calmer and more comfortable for the rest of the year. Colored lights are particularly useful for the holidays as well as the rest of the year, but there are some basic rules that you need to remember if you are to create the right impression. Generally speaking, colder colors such as blues and whites are better-suited for more serious tasks, while warmer colors such as reds and yellows are what you want for creating a space for rest and relaxation.

Final thoughts

In the end, you should make sure to exercise your own sense of judgement when it comes to using your decorations even once the holidays are over. After all, different decorations are better-suited for different homes, meaning that you want to choose something that is right for your home instead of following suggestions in a blind manner. By doing so, you can continue using your decorations even once the holidays are over to make your home look its best.

References:

  1. http://www.brit.co/repurpose-xmas/
  2. http://www.oregonlive.com/hg/index.ssf/2014/12/keep_holiday_decor_around_afte.html

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