MOORESVILLE, N.C., Dec. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The holidays are right around the corner, and they're bringing a house full of guests with them. To face unafraid, the plans that you've made, Lowe's is here to help. Lighten your load and impress your guests with last-minute decorating ideas at values worth celebrating.
Put on a Holiday Light Show
Few things make your home feel more like the holidays than a spectacular display of lights. Outdoor lights will help make yours the most festive house on the block. They'll brighten your mood and provide a warm welcome to visiting friends and family.
Insider tip: A good rule of thumb is 100 lights for every foot and a half of tree or shrub you want to cover. Of course, if you love lights and want to brighten the block, you might want to double that amount.
Start a new holiday tradition by adding some fun and color to your porch or yard with a GE 5-ft Brown Winter Berry Branch Tree (Item #477462), GE Super Bright LED Sugar Plum Light Set (Item #477581) or a set of LED Acrylic Gift Boxes (Item #477446).
To round out the display, line a staircase with potted poinsettias. Use a mix of different-color plants for a lush look. Poinsettias come in a variety of sizes (4- to 10-inch pots) and start as low as $6.
Deck the Halls
Fill guests with holiday spirit as soon as they walk into your home by embellishing the foyer. Start by grouping scented candles or votives on a side table for some soft lighting and cheer. String holiday cards or ornaments around a mirror or tuck them in a frame. Fill glass vases, jars or lamps, such as the Portfolio 19-in Clear Fillable Lamp Base (Item #394637), with ornaments or pinecones and faux snow for a wintery feel. Lastly, set up miniature Christmas trees in the front hall, such as the allen + roth 5-ft Pre-Decorated Tree (Item #476130).
In your main living area, simply find the focal point and decorate around it. Frame the hearth with two pre-lit artificial or live Christmas trees and hang a wreath above the mantel.
Insider tip: For live Christmas trees, water the tree daily and make sure the trunk is always submerged in water. Use a tree stand that fits your tree, so you don't have to whittle down the trunk. Cover your tree stand with aluminum foil to prevent your pets from drinking out of it. Tree sap and water can be a lethal combination. Decorate with LED lights; they stay cool to the touch.
Need help deciding whether to select a real or artificial tree? Check out what's changed with today's artificial trees here. Once you're ready to light it up, find out whether you're a circler, weaver or wrapper with this fun video's look at lighting options.
For more holiday decorating ideas and inspiration, visit your local Lowe's store or LowesCreativeIdeas.com.
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