By Meg Escott
Every now and again everyday life gives way to a celebration. It might be a birthday, Thanksgiving, or a religious holiday. 🎉🎄 🥳 🎃 ✨
This got me thinking about all the different ways that your
home design can support you to get ready for the occasions you want to celebrate in your
home, particularly with respect to decorations.
Let’s take a look at how the decisions you make when you’re designing your home can contribute to making it easier to decorate for celebrations.
If you’re designing your own home, or approving plans that an architect or designer has done for you, here are some important questions to ask.
I'm starting with your Christmas tree because it's the item that probably needs the most planning for.
When you’re planning your living space, consider where you’ll place your Christmas tree (or Christmas trees). In a corner or in front of a window are amongst the most popular places.
I'd go so far as to mark on your floor plan where you want your Christmas tree to go.
Lots of your decorations will need to be hung up so why not figure this into your home design. This avoids using tape or other sticky things that leave marks on your walls. Here are a few design suggestions:
Don't forget an outlet for your Christmas tree lights. Sometimes an outlet in the floor works better than an outlet in the wall depending on where you've planned to put your tree.
Consider having the outlet wired to a switch in the wall to make turning the lights on and off easier.
Have a think about what lights you want outside your home and the outlets you’ll need.
For lights on the facade of your home, perhaps around your windows or over the roof line, a discreet outlet at a higher level (eg under the eaves) might be a better place than at ground level. Think about how you'll access higher level outlets.
As well as the outlets, think about how you want to operate switching your lights on and off. Planning a separate circuit with a dedicated switch and perhaps a timer.
If you like hanging fairly lights around your room, or over your fireplace, or going up your stairs, make sure you've got outlets where you need them.
Decorations take up quite a bit of space so plan an adequate storage space when you’re figuring out your floor plan. As well as the space itself, ease of access is also important. Try to avoid the scenario of having to get lots of boxes out to find the ones that you need for any particular occasion. Here are some questions to ask yourself when planning decoration storage.
So there you have it. It’s all these details that will make setting up for celebrations hassle free.