Try These Decorating Tips for a Fresh and Festive Space

‘Tis the season for decorating! Whether you’re observing an upcoming holiday or are simply looking to refresh your space for the next few months of winter, there are plenty of ways to add seasonal spirit to your apartment. Below are some fun and easy decorating ideas to try this winter.  

Select seasonal fabrics 

Swap decorative pillows and throw blankets on your bed and couch for ones with warm and cozy fabrics. Think faux furs, fleece, wool, and flannel. Choosing ones with subtle prints and neutral plaids will complement any holiday/winter decorating scheme.  

Bring the outdoors in 

Faux greenery and wreathes are sure to spruce up a variety of spots inside your home. Drape pine garland over doorways or on top of your cabinets and add a touch of whimsy to your doors and inside windows with decorative wreathes. They come in a variety of sizes and styles, or you can get crafty and make your own! 

Say it with scent + sound

What you hear and smell in your home can create a festive feeling just as much as decorations. Try placing a bowl of scented potpourri in high-traffic areas of your home. Mixes that include cranberry, cinnamon, clove, and orange will help create an amazing aroma that’s perfect for the season. You can also try a stovetop potpourri or simply simmer some oranges, cloves, and cinnamon sticks in a pot of water. Create a custom room spray by adding a couple drops of essential oils in your favorite seasonal scents to a water-filled spray bottle, or just bake some cookies and let the sweet smells of your favorite holiday treats fill your home.  

Turning on your favorite holiday music is another great way to set the stage. Whether you’re hosting a get together or just enjoying some alone time at home, music is a great way to capture a mood and it doesn’t take up any space. 

Brighten your day 

Battery-operated flameless candles come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and scents, and offer a safer alternative to burning wax candles. Many also come with timers so you don’t have to remember to switch them on and off, along with remote controls so you can operate multiple candles with the click of a button. Try these as part of a centerpiece on your kitchen table, on end tables in your living room or even in your bedroom or on the bathroom sink. Battery-operated twinkle lights are another way to add some glow to gloomy winter days. These lightweight strands can fit inside candleholders or vases, get strung through your greenery or even draped on houseplants. 

Showcase your season’s greetings 

Personalize any corner of your home by displaying the handmade artwork and greeting cards you receive during the season. Maybe you use a store-bought or handmade cardholder, a decorative basket or adorn your door frames from floor to ceiling. No matter what method you choose, you’ll end up with a special spot filled with greetings from family and friends.  Check out even more creative display solutions here.  

Set your table 

Dress up your dining space with festive centerpieces, holiday dishes, and coordinating glasses and flatware. Add some patterns and texture with a table runner, service plates or chargers, placemats and napkins tied with ribbon or wrapped in decorative napkin rings. Keep some snacks and homemade cookies on hand and you’ll be ready for any impromptu visitors during the season! 

Transform your everyday essentials  

Not enough space for extra decorations? There are plenty of ways to seasonalize your everyday items like dish towels, door mats, placemats, and nightlights. You can also swap air fresheners and hand soaps in your kitchen and bathrooms for ones with winter scents. These extra little touches will help refresh your space without taking up additional room.  

When decorating your apartment, be sure to refer to any rules and regulations in your lease. Steer clear of anything that could pose a safety risk or leave holes or excess residue on your walls. Your neighborhood manager is always available for any questions. 

Once you have tried these fun and easy decorating ideas this winter, you might be looking for other ways to make the season special. There’s no better way than helping those in need, and here are some easy and impactful things you can consider. You can also browse through Redwood’s blog for other ways to maximize your rental experience all year long.