To most of us, a home is more than just a building – it’s a part of who we are. Our homes often reflect our lifestyles, mindsets, and personalities through the way we choose to decorate them. Just about every home has a specific design that lays the foundation for how we want our living space to look throughout the year, and once we’ve found that perfect look, we stick to it.
But when it comes time for the holidays, and other special occasions, we don’t mind shaking things up a little; indeed, it’s something we often look forward to! Since our homes serve as a reflection of us, there’s no reason at all why we can’t use our apartments, houses, and condos as a method of artistic expression to communicate our excitement!
With that in mind, here are three ideas for you to consider the next time you want to turn your home into a center for fun during a special occasion!
Use Colors that Reflect the Occasion
Each of the different seasons have certain colors that are commonly associated with them. When spring rolls around, you’re bound to see bright shades of blue and yellow that reflect the beautiful sky and the newly blooming flowers; and it’s hard to miss the Christmas season, since you’ll be bombarded with green, red, silver, and gold everywhere you turn.
When it comes to your own home, use these same colors to mark the occasion, and get your friends and family pumped up to participate! You don’t have to paint the walls every time Cinco de Mayo comes around, but you can definitely introduce a tablecloth that reflects those traditional Mexican colors, or some shades of pink and white to express the energy and passion for life your departed relatives had.
Keep a Stock of Easily Swappable Decor
One of the main challenges of getting ready for occasions and holidays is that it can get very labour intensive. It takes a lot of time and effort to put up a Christmas tree, or carve the pumpkins you’ll need to get ready for Halloween. This is probably the most common reason many people don’t even bother with decorations – they’re such a pain.
When you’re trying to keep your events fun and exciting, this just won’t do! In order to keep feelings of dread and apprehension at bay, keep a good stock of some easily swappable decor items. Seasonal throws, cushions, and beautiful area rugs are the perfect decorations for any occasion, they’re not hard to set up, and won’t take up a lot of space when it’s time to put them back into storage.
Use Unique Family Keepsakes
Nothing helps bring people, especially families, together like some good ole fashioned conversation, and nothing fosters conversation like talking about your favorite family memories. Everybody has a story about that unforgettable family vacation, or those childhood moments when you got in a lot of trouble, that you all laugh about now that you’re grown. These happy times in our lives become engrossing topics at any gathering, and you should encourage them as much as possible.
One easy way you can do that is to bring out some decorations that are unique to you and your family. It could be a patchwork quilt that your grandmother made, a tablecloth that your mother bought when she and your father first moved in together, or Christmas stockings that you and your siblings have had since you were toddlers. Whatever the case may be, the more distinct the item is, and the more it gets the whole family talking, smiling, and laughing, the better your event will be!