5 tips from a Birmingham interior designer to get your holiday windows ready


Happy Holidays window display
Homewood has so many lovely holiday windows this time of year. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Admit it. You know it’s fun to drive around checking out holiday decorations. Whether it’s big blow up decorations or tastefully crafted window displays, it all just makes the season brighter. Leigh Ann Harris, Senior Interior Designer at Christopher Architecture and Interiors, shared her best pro tips for how to get your home windows holiday-ready.

1. You can start simply, with a basic wreath

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Holiday decorating can be simple. Photo via Unsplash

Decorating your home doesn’t have to be expensive or elaborate. You can start with a basic wreath and add things in to make it more festive. You can change it up from year to year for some variety.

Wreaths are easy to find this year at Scouts BSA Christmas Tree lots, tree farms and even grocery stores.

2. Pick a theme for your holiday windows

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Holiday decorations can be simple or elaborate, like in Antiquities in Mountain Brook. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

For Harris, who also helps individuals and businesses design and set up their holiday decorations, it’s always good to have a theme.

Since the decorations will be up for a while, it’s fine to have a nontraditional theme that could extend throughout the wintertime. Winter wonderlands are a fun way to bring the spirit of the holidays to dreary days and long nights.

Shops do this all the time, as do holiday hosts. You want to create some excitement to draw people in to an experience.

3. The more windows the better

Since Harris works at an architecture firm, I asked her about Pella Window & Door for people who are wanting to upgrade these essential features of their home. Here’s what she said:

“We always say ‘the more windows, the better.’ Pella products are beautifully designed and function very well. I wouldn’t hesitate to use them in my own house.”

4. Be mindful of placement as you set up your holiday windows

holiday window display in Homewood
See how carefully they placed their tree? Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

It’s so easy to get focused on how everything looks inside your home, but Harris says it’s important to be mindful of how things look from the outside. Because guess what? People will in fact be driving or walking by and looking in your windows during the holiday season.

Think of things like making sure to center your Christmas tree in the front window so it looks just right.

5. Create a warm glow using special lighting

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If you can’t go over the top with lighting during the holidays, when can you? Photo via Unsplash

Harris’ final tip is to create a warm glow using special lighting inside. At night, it will reflect to the outside and make your home look lovely.

If you’re wanting to keep your home cozy and warm during the winter months, schedule an in-home consultation with Pella today to see what they can do for you.

You can also call them at 205-259-1960 or stop by their showroom at 101 Distribution Drive, Birmingham, AL 35209 Monday-Friday 8AM-4PM.

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