Decorating your home and the tree for Christmas is definitely one of the most fun things you do every year, more so because the entire family comes together to share a part of it. Whatever the theme you choose for decorating your home and tree, garlands and swags are always used. This Christmas, plan a garland theme for Christmas decorations and deck up your entire space with garlands. Here are some brilliant decorating tips that use garlands and swags in unique ways.
Identify strategic locations
Every home has strategic locations that form excellent niches for garlands and swags. It could be an ornamental railing on a staircase, a fireplace, a wooden room partition or something else. Begin with creating a floor plan and identify places that offer maximum potential for decorating with garlands and swags.
Choose unique garlands
Go shopping and choose some great garlands. Make sure that they suit your existing home décor and color theme. For instance, if you have a red wall highlight, choose a garland that has red flowers or crimson embellishments.
If you want a more dramatic look, get yourself some layered garlands. These are garlands that come with multiple layers and each layer is made up of different materials. For example, you can buy a garland that has magnolia as the base layer and overlays of lavender, cedar and some other material. Some garlands come with built-in lights as well. If you are on a limited budget, you can create a low cost layered garland on your own. All you have to do is walk around a park in your city and collect natural things you can find. Get some dried flowers, ornamental leaves and dried fruits to add more variety to your garland. The more textured and deep your garland is, more is the dramatic effect.
Wreaths and swags
To bring in more variety in decoration, weave in swags with wreaths. You could hang up your unique wreath-swag assembly on stairs, fireplace, your front door and so many other places. Bring in wreaths of different sizes and arrange according to the space available. For instance, your front door could have the biggest wreath while the staircase railings can have smaller ones.
Add fabrics to swags
Buy green swags and accentuate them with sheer and netted fabrics. You could put up this assembly along the staircase railing. Sheers and netted fabrics can be used innovatively all over your home. Weave netted fabrics into loose braids and use them for decorations. Wrap them on your furniture, doors, windows and curtain rods to give your entire home a very festive look. Use colorful ribbons to embellish them further. Since it is Christmas, do not forget to infuse a good dose of red color because nothing underlines the spirit of the festival better than this bright shade.
Ribbons, fruits and flowers
Use real flowers, artificial fruits and ribbons to make clusters. You can use these clusters to add more drama to swags and garlands. Tie up small clusters on potted plants in your space. Your Christmas tree also offers loads of opportunities for these clusters.
Christmas is fast approaching. Put on your thinking caps and star planning decorations with garlands and swags.