It can get tiring to decorate the house for each of the holidays from November through January, only to take them all down weeks later and bring out the next holiday's decorations. Wouldn't it be nice if you could just decorate for the entire season and be done with it? Get your home ready for the fall and winter seasons with more neutral colors and inspiration from the seasons.
Decorate with more neutral holiday colors
Rather than swapping out the brown and orange for red and green, choose colors that can be used throughout the entire season. Neutral colors may include earthy tones, such as green, or muted hues and even metallics. Think copper or silver accents.
Choose seasonal accents, rather than holidays
The turkey is a symbol that represents Thanksgiving. If you decorate with turkeys, guests will think you have decorated for this fall holiday. Likewise, if you decorate with Santa figurines, your home will be filled with Christmas cheer. Want to avoid decor that represents any one holiday? Choose accents that are symbolic of the fall and/or winter season, such as snowmen, pine cones, candles and so on.
Bring a touch of winter glamour to your home
Have you experienced the "winter blues"? Sparkly accents help to brighten up the home and lift spirits in the winter season. Don't go overboard, but add a few shiny ornaments or a sparkly picture frame for a touch of glam in any room. Plain white lights on the exterior of your house will add a touch of sparkle that will look appropriate from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day.
Give your home a warm, cozy atmosphere
Autumn and winter are often associated with cold weather and crackling fireplaces. Don't have a fireplace? Give your home interior a cozy atmosphere with a few decorative touches. A couple of accent pillows can help warm up a bare living room sofa, while a new candle will cast a warm glow in the dining room (or anywhere else).
Incorporate holiday accents later on
Start out with a base of general fall and winter season decorations. Then, as a particular holiday approaches, you can add a few related accents to your existing scheme. For example, you might decorate with items from nature: wreaths made with branches and leaves, centerpieces that incorporate pine cones and other similar pieces. Leave these items up all season long. Maybe you have a couple Thanksgiving turkeys you really like; you can set them out a few days before the holiday and, once it's over, replace them with your Santa figurines.
Use neutral colors and seasonal accents to make your seasonal decor last from November to January, and longer. Simply decorate for the entire season to avoid a major holiday decor overhaul every couple of weeks. You can always add holiday-specific decorations to your nature theme later.