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Simple ways to personalize your holiday decor

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Simple ways to personalize your holiday decor

Examples of personalizing your home décor for the holidays using murals.

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POSTED October 14, 2011 12:11 a.m.

What do the holidays mean to you? It’s a special time of year for many people, and many of us share similar tastes and traditions when it comes to how we decorate and celebrate. But if you’re craving something different this year, personalizing your holiday decor can be a great way to put a fresh face on the season.

Here are a few ideas for placing a personal stamp on your holiday - from decorations to home decor:

Holiday murals

Wall murals are a time-honored design trick for completely changing the look of a room. Imagine an idyllic, snow-covered landscape as a backdrop for this year’s Christmas tree. Or perhaps you would like to spice up your New Year’s party with a New York City scene in your dining room. Since you might not want those scenes gracing your walls year-round, removable murals could be a great way to personalize your holiday decor - temporarily.

A new product, SmartStick by MuralsYourWay.com, makes it easy to customize your holiday decor. The removable mural can be repositioned anywhere in the home and can be reused hundreds of times without losing its adhering qualities. The website offers holiday designs to appeal to virtually every taste, and the material is so versatile you could even put it on a window or smooth exterior wall and use it year after year.

Do-it-yourself decorations

No purchased holiday decoration could ever be more personal than something you make yourself. Fortunately, DIY holiday decoration projects can be as simple or as grand as you like.

You can opt for easy personalized projects, such as putting family members’ names on holiday stockings or tree ornaments, or decorating some dollar-store picture frames with holiday colors and accoutrements. Or, you can go for high-impact with a larger personalized project, such as creating a wrapping paper wall in one room of your home.

Holiday hues

Green, red, silver and gold will always have their place in holiday decor, but celebrating the season doesn’t mean you have to give up your love of teal, chartreuse or lemon yellow. In fact, incorporating your favorite non-holiday colors into your holiday decor is a great way to personalize your home’s look for the season.

Home decor stores now carry a wealth of holiday decorations and ornaments in non-traditional colors, and incorporating them into your home is as simple as finding creative ways to use what’s available. Perhaps your salute to your favorite colors will be subtle, such as napkin rings that boast your most-loved shade of blue or a hint of pink or orange in your holiday wreath. Or, you can make a bold, modern statement by emphasizing non-traditional colors throughout your decor and using traditional holiday hues in supporting roles.

However you choose to do it, personalizing your holiday decor is a great way to make the season even more special. Plus, it’s an opportunity to flex your design creativity, explore new decorating ideas and create one-of-a-kind holiday memories.

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