Holiday memories are built on sensations: the smell of pine trees and peppermint, the sound of logs crackling in the fireplace, the first sip of eggnog or bite of freshly baked gingerbread cookies, and—best of all—the dazzling lights on display night after night. When you’re preparing your home for the holidays (and the guests that come with the season), it’s important to appeal to all five senses, including the often-overlooked sense of touch. This holiday, explore several ways to elevate each room of your home with tactile elements.
Placemats, tablecloths, decorative runners, slipcovers, and cloth napkins each add layers of texture to a dining space. Floral arrangements—real or artificial—can breathe a sense of freshness into your tablescape, while tying together other tactile touches on your table.
Shown: Alchemy™ on fireplace façade
Area rugs protect flooring and provide added comfort and warmth on chilly winter mornings. Available in a myriad of colors and textures, there are endless design possibilities to fit your taste. HGTV shares these tips for choosing the best area rug for your space.
Pillows, drapes, and throws also make a substantial impact on the tone of a living space. If you have a neutral-colored living room, a few seasonal pillows can easily exude a holiday atmosphere without a significant investment. Or, add a touch of festive flair to your drapes with decorative holdbacks, sashes, and other accessories.
Shown: Vertigo™ on shower wall
There’s nothing like soft towels, candles, colorful accessories, and an accessible array of soaps, shampoos, lotions, and conditioners to welcome your guests. A matching bath mat or plush robe can make your home feel like a luxurious spa getaway.
From crisp, clean linens and cocooning comforters to chunky wool throws and heirloom quilts, there are many ways to turn a bed into a feast for your sense of touch. Don’t be afraid to mix in pillow shams and bolsters featuring different fabrics and textures, or to layer different patterns in complementary colors, for an aesthetic that is all your own. If you know your guests’ mattress preferences, you can adjust the firmness of your guest bed with a mattress topper.
We hope that incorporating layers of texture into your home design over the holidays will add new dimension to your memories this year!
This blog and accompanying photos were provided by Richmond American Homes, offering exceptional homes with hundreds of exciting personalization options, including a wide variety of tile selections. For more information about this builder, explore their website and blog.