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Holiday Decorating MistakesWith Thanksgiving in our rearview mirror, ’tis officially the season to be jolly — and really, really judgmental of others’ bad holiday decorations. ;-)

Sure, crooked strands of lights, tacky Christmas hang artwork, and frenetically blinking outdoor holiday displays top every list of Christmas-cheer gaffes, but there are many more nuanced mistakes you can make when decorating your home for Christmas.

Turn your judgment inward. Are you making these common decorating mistakes for the holiday season?

Most Common Decorating Mistakes This Holiday Season

Using inflatables

If Hurricane Sandy taught us anything recently, it’s that a lot of things can blow away pretty easily. And if the past 10 years have taught us anything, it’s that we wish more of those giant, lit-up yard inflatables would blow away forever.

Unless you’re really into holiday kitsch — and being the constant annoyance of your neighbors — skip the inflatable snowmen and Santas, and stick to classy and refined twinkling lights, the occasional luminaries, and some weighted holiday furniture pieces for your outdoor display.


If you’re really going all-out with your holiday decorations — snow angels, holiday window treatments, real and fake flowers at the door, Christmas figurines, nativity scenes, and the like — you may need to do more than shuffling your current knickknacks around.

Don’t try to cram your Holiday home decor with your everyday surroundings. Make your home a true winter wonderland by giving all your holiday treasures the space they deserve on your mantel and other shelves.

Not childproofing

Got small children around? Be sure to tailor your Holiday home decor to their sensitivities and curiosities. Trim your tree’s branches above eye level, and keep breakables on high shelves and mantels. Keep extension cords tucked away, and avoid overcrowding your power outlets to discourage curious fingers from poking around.

And, of course, make sure your Christmas tree is securely planted into its stand and won’t topple over after the slightest disturbance from your little ones. (Not only is it dangerous, but it’s also frustrating to see your hard work thwarted!)

Being too ambitious

Martha Stewart creates incredible displays for her entire home that looks simultaneously effortless and like they took weeks to execute for a reason: It’s her job. Attempting to create a handmade winter bird’s nest, intricately lined with tiny white lights and topiary sparrows when all you really have time for is a pre-lit tree with a box of ornaments you’ve had since childhood.

Remember: You are not an interior designer. Your holiday decorations should be personal and meaningful to you. No one’s going to judge you for not having magazine-quality trimmings decking your halls. You can, however, call a professional holiday decorating and interior designers team if you want to go overboard with your holiday decorations this year.

Taking up too much space in the living room

Living rooms will be the main room during the Holidays as it is where people will gather. So don’t crowd your living room with holiday decorations, start thinking about living room furniture placement and keep those throw pillows in the cabinet for now.

You might also want to consider putting your tree in the corner so that it doesn’t take up too much space. You’ll also want to make sure that there’s plenty of seating for guests. If you have a smaller living room, you can get away with a more intimate setting. Either way, just be sure that everyone will be able to move around the entire room comfortably.

Confining décor to just one room

Don’t let the rest of the house get jealous of your living room: No space is off-limits for holiday decorating! Spread the spirit throughout with simple touches like holiday-scented candles in the bathroom and mini-trees on the kitchen island.

The dining room is another important area to decorate as this is where you’ll enjoy your holiday meals. Whether you’re hosting a large holiday party or a small intimate family dinner, dressing up your dining room with festive holiday decorations is a must.

It may be a little extra work up front, but those holiday accents sprinkled throughout your home can make all the difference and will bring a smile to your face every time you enter a room.

Forgetting the outside

When it comes to holiday decorating, don’t forget about the outside of your home! This large space outside needs some Christmas love too. Make this fairly easy by placing a few well-placed lights and some seasonal greenery that can really make your house stand out from the rest on the block. Just be sure not to go overboard – you don’t want to end up on your neighborhood’s naughty list!

Too much of a good thing

Too many holiday decorations can be overwhelming and even a little tacky. If you go too overboard, your home will look like a holiday nightmare instead of a winter wonderland. As one of the most common interior design principles, when in doubt, less is always more when it comes to decorations.

Try starting with a theme. Decorating your home with a cohesive theme will make your house or room feel more put together and polished. Whether you go for a classic Christmas look, a festive Hanukkah display, or something more unique, pick decorations that fit your chosen aesthetic. Once you’ve decided on a design scheme choose a few complementary colors that will work well together and stick to them throughout your decorating. A limited color palette will create a sense of harmony in your home and help tie all of your decorations together.

Holiday Decorating Service From Neave Group

Need help making the most of your home’s holiday decorating potential? Contact our professional landscapers and interior designers who will decorate your home inside and out. There’s still time to get in touch with Neave Décor’s designers! Call us at (845) 463-0592 or fill out our handy web form to the right to schedule a free consultation.

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