While Naples, Florida may not automatically evoke images of snowflakes or Santa and his reindeer, that doesn’t mean local residents don’t like to decorate for the season.
There are times, however, when holiday decorations almost seem to take on a life of their own—and take over your Naples home. Here’s a look at a few ideas that can help you corral those caroling elves and swirling snowflakes—and really enjoy the decorations of the season without feeling overwhelmed by the glitter.
Try Going With a Theme
One challenge with holiday decorations is that they can be all over the map visually. We often have fond memories associated with certain ornaments and decorations, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they go together. Try organizing them by a theme. Maybe your dining area is devoted to a Nutcracker theme. Perhaps your angels can take up residence in the family room. Or you might try arranging things in complementary colors.
Sometimes Less is More
Another issue a lot of us run into is that we want to show off everything. That’s understandable, but what can happen is that nothing stands out because everything is competing for eye space. Pick a focal point for each room and have one item in particular that occupies that space. Let that decoration rule the roost. Next year, you might want to change it out for something different.
Keep Things Light
We’re not talking so much about weight or even twinkling lights. But try to avoid blocking natural light. There’s a temptation to put the Christmas tree (or other decoration) right up against the window so it’s visible from outside. That may be nice for your neighbors, but if it cuts off your light, it can make you room feel dark and crowded.
Highlight Beautiful Features in Your Home
Use simple decorations (they could be unadorned garlands or simple strands of lights) to draw attention to features such as a beautiful staircase or a fireplace. And speaking of fireplaces (yes, some Florida homes have them!), you don’t have to have a roaring fire to make it feel like the holidays. Try placing tall, thick candles in the fireplace. The soft glow can really add a nice holiday touch.
Have a Merry Metallic Holiday
If you’re wanting to add a bit of sparkle to your holiday décor, try using metallic finishes to pick up and reflect light. It can be a subtle, elegant way to bring more light into a room.
Create More Space
The holiday season is often a time when we entertain more guests. People need space in order to feel comfortable. If things are feeling a little crowded, consider moving a piece or two of non-essential furniture for the season. That can really be a huge help if you have a tree or come other large object taking up extra space.
Above all, make your decorations fit your personality and lifestyle. Don’t feel like you have to try all of these suggestions. Pick one that makes sense to you and that fits your sense of style.