The holidays are always an exciting time of year. If you love to decorate, there’s no better reason to pull out the totes or head to the store and load up on sale goodies!
Of course, we all start with the main rooms where guests see the decor, like the living room and kitchen. But when the holidays make you feel good, the fun shouldn’t stop there!
You are in your bedroom more than any other place in your home. It’s the perfect place to decorate so you can get in the holiday spirit from the time you wake up until you fall asleep.
These seven elements will help you get your room, and any other bedroom in the house, ready for the holidays.
1. Scented Linens
It’s always wonderful to climb into a bed with fresh sheets. But when they’re scented, it’s an extra boost of enjoyment.
Your sense of smell and taste connect in the olfactory system. These senses send nerve signals to your brain to process. Our brains associate familiar scents and tastes with previous experiences.
In the past, when you smelled a scent, the brain archived it and labeled it as “good” or “bad.” It also correlated it to the event, like a special occasion or a specific holiday.
Find a scent that reminds you of the upcoming festivity. Spray it on your linens or add it to your laundry detergent. Popular holiday scents include sugar cookies, juniper, pumpkin spice, and cranberries.
2. Fresh Mattresses
The mattress is usually the last thing we think about cleaning. If you have a protective covering that you use, it helps increase the longevity of the bed.
Spills and accidents are less damaging. But your mattress still accumulates dead skin cells and dust mites at an alarming rate.
Depending on the materials your mattress is made of, it could be full of these allergens. Follow these steps to freshen your bed before the holiday:
- Remove the bedding and wash it
- Air the mattress out for a few hours in a room with the window open
- Lightly sprinkle baking soda over the bare mattress and pat it into the material
- Vacuum the excess powder off the mattress
- Flip it over if you have a two-sided mattress and repeat
Add your fresh, scented linens and enjoy your newly cleaned bed!
3. Holiday Centerpieces
Flowers are the perfect decor to enhance any room. Fresh plants clean the air and boost mental and physical health.
Even better, create floral arrangements for any holiday theme. You’ve probably seen Thanksgiving and Christmas wreaths displayed on front doors. Why not take this same idea and tweak it to get your bedroom ready for the holidays?
Use fresh or artificial flowers to create a centerpiece that will make you smile every time you see it. All you need are the plants you choose to match the theme and a vase or glass bowl. Finish it off with some accessories in the same color palette, such as:
- Floating candles
- Pebbles or stones
You can’t go wrong with a holiday floral centerpiece as long as you’re happy with how it turns out!
4. Adjoining Bathroom Decor
When your bedroom has a bathroom attached, it’s another space to make holiday-friendly.
Decorating the bathroom can be fun!
Halloween horror themes are bound to scare your guests. Add items like bloody shower curtains and screaming toilet seats that can surprise and delight your visitors. Or you can go for the classy look with color-schemed bath accessories.
Start with something simple, like hand towels or a soap dispenser that matches your theme. Then, over time, pick up more decor that matches your holiday theme until you have a full set!
5. Change the Artwork
A quick and easy way to change your room’s decor for each holiday is to swap out the artwork.
There are lots of options for this, depending on your level of craft confidence. You can buy holiday prints and paintings, or create your own!
Displaying family photo histories is another way to make your room holiday-ready. Instead of getting a lot of space-taking frames, invest in a digital frame.
Label a folder with graphic images that match the holiday. Change the rotating pictures when it’s time to switch up and get ready for the next event.
6. Throw Down a Rug
A throw rug in the bedroom is a great way to add a cozy, relaxed touch to the atmosphere.
It’s usually simple to find an area carpet for every holiday. They’re in most department stores or easily found online.
As a pro tip, wait until after the holiday to buy one when it’s on sale, and then store it. Keep doing this until you have a throw rug for every occasion!
7. Swap the Blankets
If you have a comforter with a duvet cover, you can switch out the cover and make it holiday-themed. Covers serve a dual purpose. They keep your expensive and heavy comforter clean, and they make your room look nicer.
Most of us don’t wash our blankets often if they’re too bulky for our washing machines. Changing the covers to go with the next special occasion takes care of this problem.
Buy a new duvet cover or themed blankets to use around the holiday season. It will make your bedroom feel fresh for the season.
Decorating your bedroom fills you with holiday spirit as soon as you wake up. Which makes it impossible to be in a bad mood!
Use these seven elements to get the bedrooms in your home ready for the festivities. After that, take the excitement and spread it by decorating the rest of the home!
Caitlin Sinclair is the Property Manager at Portside Ventura Harbor with 5 years of property management experience and many more in Customer Service. She shares her passion for her community and looks forward to making Portside Ventura Harbor the place to call home.