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5 Fun Window Decorating Ideas for the Holidays

Holiday decorating is a time-honored tradition that many families observe, whether they celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or other end-of-year festivities.  Putting up decorations is a great way to create a festive mood and imbue your home with holiday spirit, but it’s also a fun family activity that allows you to spend quality time together during this hectic season.

In addition to placing a tree, a menorah, or other holiday hallmarks on prominent display, hanging a wreath on your front door, and festooning your exterior with strings of holiday lights, you can go the extra mile with your décor by adorning your windows to display seasonal cheer.  Here are a few attractive ways to dress up the windows in your home in time for the holidays.

Seasonal Drapes

When the weather turns cold, it’s time to pull out not only holiday decorations, but seasonal décor like pillows and throw blankets that turn your home into a cozy retreat.  This is also a great time to swap out your summertime sheers for more suitable winter drapes.

Even if you have high-end shutters, blinds, or shades, you can elevate your décor and add visual interest to any room with a layered look that includes elegant drapery.  For the holidays, consider choosing seasonal colors like cranberry, evergreen, winter white, or Hanukkah blue, as well as metallics like silver and gold.

If you’re keen to add some pattern to the mix, opt for a cozy plaid that helps your home to feel like a holiday haven.  During the winter, you can go with heavy, luxurious fabrics like velvet to create an elegant interior setting and even add an extra layer of insulation when drapes are drawn, helping to eliminate drafts and maintain a warm and welcoming home.

Valances and Swags

If swapping out drapes is too much work or you prefer not to add drapes to existing window treatments, you can still enhance your window decoration by draping simple valances or swags for a pop of seasonal color that pulls your windows into the holiday theme.

Perimeter Lighting

It’s not unusual to install strings of holiday lights around your home during this festive season.  Whether you add them to the eaves or you wind them around trees on your property, you can always throw in a few more twinkling lights by running them around the perimeter of your windows to highlight this architectural feature and enjoy some sparkle both inside and out.

Looking to branch out with additional lighting ideas?  Consider adding vertical strings of lights to create a virtual light curtain.  If you pull sheer curtains over the lights, you’ll achieve a soft, ethereal effect that lends itself perfectly to the holiday season.  You could also place flameless votives or pillar candles (battery operated) on windowsills.

Garlands and Wreaths

Seasonal greenery can help to brighten your home when the weather is gray and snow blankets the ground outside.  Consider trimming curtain rods with draped garlands or hanging small wreaths in the center of windows with suction cup hooks.  You can also get creative with multiple wreaths of different sizes for a truly unique display.

Hanging Ornaments

If you want to add simple décor without a lot of fuss, just hang a few ornaments from a curtain rod or suction cup hooks to add a pop of festive color to the windows in your home.

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