Holiday Decorating Tips for your Entertaining Space

decorating kitchen for the holidays


It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Creating an enjoyable holiday experience in your home is hard work. Knowing a few holiday decorating secrets can help make sure your gathering space feels warm, festive, and well organized for company and conversation.

As you decorate and host this holiday season, remember to make notes of your entertaining needs. Do you wish you had a larger kitchen island? A built-in china cabinet? A more modern powder room? Paying special attention to how you could improve your guests’ experience will give you an edge on next year’s preparations.


Holiday Decorating Guide


  1. Select a theme. A theme can be loose, but having some inspiration can help make sure your design is cohesive throughout your home. Inspiration can be a color, a fabric, a time, a place, or even a feeling. Are you creating a ski lodge feel? An old-fashioned holiday? Winter wonderland? Sophisticated sparkle? Once you choose a theme, try to fill it out using what you already have and evaluate what new items you may need.                  


  1. Put the tree in the best place. A tree can and should be the centerpiece for your home decorations. Make sure your family and guests have ample opportunity to enjoy it.


  1. Remove and replace. Avoid the temptation to simply add holiday décor. Remove and store items that are in the way or take your mind to another place. That dried flower wreath you love, replace it with fir or boxwood. Consider switching out artwork, candles, accent pillows, and other everyday decorations to round out your holiday theme.


decorate kitchen countertops for the holiday


  1. Carry your theme into the kitchen. The kitchen is where the cooking takes place and guests often gather. Replace hand towels, rugs and art to complement your theme. Strategically place garland, wreaths or holiday flowers around cabinets or windows and use open shelving to display holiday items. Decorations pair beautifully this time of year with our Clove, Nutmeg and Cocoa cabinet stains. You can also set out gingerbread houses or other baked goods for a festive holiday scent.


  1. Rearrange the furniture. When you’re hosting a large group, take away small accent tables or decorative plants and add seating. Make sure you’re creating a place where everyone can gather comfortably. Large ottomans and leather-covered dining chairs are great additions.


  1. Use ornaments on and off the tree. Antique ornaments are beautiful in bowls or large glass cylinders. Try displaying them in cut glass bowls for a sophisticated sparkle or in a wooden crate or rusted metal toy truck for an old-fashioned holiday feel.


decorating with ornaments off the tree


  1. Display in collections. Nutcrackers. Christmas Bears. Old World Santas. Whatever your preferred collection maybe, displaying pieces in groups of three or more creates more visual interest than dividing them up throughout the home.


  1. Change out photos in frames. Replace those beach pictures of the kids with photos they took with Santa years ago. Snow pictures and past holiday celebrations are also great conversation pieces. Once the holidays are over, photos are easy to switch back, and you can leave the holiday ones in the frames for next year.


  1. Don’t forget the presents. Presents are not to be reserved for the tree. Beautifully wrapped presents can be tucked into baskets and crates or placed on tables, mantles, or steps to add color and dimension. Flat boxes can even be wrapped and used as wall art.


holiday baking in the kitchen


Interested in updating the heart of your home? Marsh Kitchen & Bath designers can guide you through every step of the kitchen remodeling process. Contact the location nearest you or check out our inspiration gallery.