‘Tis the season to haul out the holly and hang the mistletoe, making your kitchen and baths “merry and bright.” We at Diamond Kitchen and Bath are decking the halls, too, and we’ve found some great ideas for creating that special Christmas spirit all over your house. Here are a few of our favorites:
1. Let It Glow!
Does anything provide more instant glamor and romance than candlelight? We think not, and that’s why some of the best kitchen décors come in the form of candles. Line a windowsill with tiny votives in the glass, either pure unscented white or in scents of bayberry, cinnamon, or pine. These will harmonize well with Christmas greens, baking smells, and cooking in general. For the bathroom, you can employ slightly stronger scents: frankincense, vanilla, fig, or florals will give your bath a cozy ambiance as well as freshen the air.
Other ideas include framing a kitchen window in greens and tiny white lights (either LED or regular incandescent), draping garland over a kitchen pendant light, and using one of the new lighted runners on your dining room table. These come in gold, red, ice blue, and other holiday colors, with lights interspersed in a shimmery fabric. Pair them with gold or silver candlesticks, crystal wine glasses, and/or gleaming plain white china, and you’ll have a table people talk about long after the holiday festivities are over.
And don’t forget a great favorite: luminaria. These range from bags, sand, and candles to punched-tin holders surrounding flameless electric “candles.” Open flames, of course, need to be carefully attended, which is why the flameless battery-powered lights have gained so much popularity. Cool-burning and safe even around children, they can give your home a wonderful air of mystery and magic worry-free.
2. Greening the House
Whether your idea of the perfect tree is one you cut down in the forest or one you unpack from a box, there’s nothing like the sight of a lighted tree to put you in a holiday mood. In fact, you might like the sight of the tree so much that you want more than one—and, thanks to many growers who now offer “table-top trees” along with their taller cousins, you don’t even have to sacrifice the unmistakable “feel of real” anywhere in the house.
Ever thought of a tiny tree in the corner of your guest bath? It’s a delightful surprise for young and old, and when lighted, can even serve as nighttime illumination all by itself. Complement it with garlands along the windowsill, tiny wreaths on doorknobs, branches of holly or pine trimming the edges of a kitchen island. Caught up with red, gold, or tartan ribbon, these greens add both wonderful scent and color from room to room.
3. Swag and Other Fun Details
What other time of the year lends itself so well to tchotchkes? Every family seems to have some of these little knickknacks tucked away in their “Christmas boxes.” A crèche should have pride of place, of course. Add to it with Yuletide visual treats on kitchen windowsills, bathroom ledges, and along the tops of cabinets. Some of these are easy to make yourself: hand-cut paper snowflakes are fun for all ages, and they can be put up and taken down from windows, walls, or mirrors with minimal fuss.
Now’s the time for the festive towels—they come in designs from blue and silver to red and green—and the soaps in the shape of angels, trees, or stars in guest baths. It’s also the time for your special holiday kitchenware, from Christmas Tree china to seasonally-patterned dishtowels, pot holders and hot pads, and placemats, not to mention Santa Claus salt-and-pepper shakers! Decorated mugs with holly-and-ivy patterns make coffee, tea, or hot chocolate taste even better. And don’t forget poinsettias or amaryllis; if you plan just right, your amaryllis will bloom perfectly on Christmas morning and fill your entire kitchen with color.
A Little or a Lot… We’ve Got You Covered
If all you need are a few more trimmings to make your premises into Candy Cane Lane, then these suggestions can help put the finishing touches on your décor for the season. But if you’re one of the lucky “good girls and boys” for whom Santa has a kitchen or bath upgrade, redo, or remodel on his “list,” come see the “elves” at Diamond Kitchen and Bath. We’re specially equipped with Christmastime magic to make that space everything you’re dreaming of, down to the last sugar plum!