If you recently bought a brand-new custom home, you’re probably excited to show it off – and what better opportunity than during the holidays? When your friends and family visit this season, they’ll be wowed by your unique layout and expert craftsmanship, but first, you need to decorate. Here, Segal & Morel, which builds custom homes in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, offers a few tips for custom home décor so it can shine to its true potential.

Don’t Stop with the Entryway

The front door and entryway are the first things your guests will see upon entering your new home, so it’s important to make a strong impression. A wreath or some festive décor in your entryway will go a long way toward setting the mood for a holiday gathering. Light some scented candles before guests arrive, too, to greet them with a pleasant ambiance.

Don’t forget about the other areas guests will mingle in as well. Make sure you deck out places like the family room, dining room, kitchen, bathrooms, and even outdoor areas. Spruce up the hallway as well. It might not be a social spot, but it still gets lots of traffic as people move from room to room. Think of centerpieces for tables or counters, garland, wall hangings, mantle décor, and other ways to make these areas pop.

Plan and Shop Ahead

You don’t need to come up with a detailed scheme, spreadsheet, or 3D model of your grand plans, but it still helps to know what you’re going to do ahead of time. If you leave it off for too long, you may find yourself scrambling to make last-minute design choices. Urgency and stress cannot only sap the fun out of family decorating day, but it can leave you with an incomplete, rushed aesthetic.

It also helps to shop as soon as you know what décor you need. The last thing you want is to arrive at the store and find the holiday stock depleted. If you’re planning on do-it-yourself décor, give yourself enough time to craft without stress and fix your mistakes if they happen.

Décor Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive

Holiday decorations don’t have to break the bank. Finances can be tight after you buy a new house, and there’s no need to stretch them more on infrequently used décor. Instead, there are plenty of awesome decoration ideas you can make yourself without threatening your budget. Try any of the following ideas this year:

  • Scraps of magazines, newspapers, or paper bags can make interesting wrapping paper for presents or material for paper-crafted décor.
  • Cloth from your old flannel shirt can make gorgeous plaid bows and ribbons.
  • A thrift store vase can be filled with inexpensive holiday balls.

Decorate Your Custom Home

When you get creative with your custom home décor, you show off how proud you are of your new house. For a custom-built home you can make holiday memories in for years to come, choose Segal & Morel. Based in Easton, we provide customers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania with gorgeous custom homes to showcase to families. To find out more, contact us today.