As you pass through your town, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Between the festive decorations, frosted rooftops and glistening lights, it's obvious that Santa Claus will be here before you know it. Does your home exude this same endearing atmosphere of the Christmas spirit? If you need help ringing in the holiday cheer, now's a great time to consider filling your living and dining areas with accent lighting. Not only does it create seasonal splendor, but it can be used to set the tone in your rooms all year long.

Here's how accent lighting can help you ring in the holiday spirit this Christmas:

Set the atmosphere on a cold, wintry night
Nothing says relaxation quite like a snowy evening snuggled up on the couch near the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa or tea. You can make this night even more memorable by installing accent lighting throughout the living and family room, including table and floor lamps. These additions are a great way to soften the light, brighten or darken specific areas of the room, or even stand as a design piece on their own. Additionally, dimming the lights adds a romantic vibe to your cozy night in – adding dimmers to pre-installed lighting is a great and simple option.

Make your Christmas tree the focal point
One of the most exciting parts about preparing for the holidays is decorating the Christmas tree. To ensure this traditional greenery doesn't go unnoticed, consider adding a spotlight right above it. This will emphasize the tree and make it the focal point of your holiday decor.

"Accent lighting can emphasize your holiday theme."

Enhance your holiday color scheme
If you decided to completely change up your color scheme to flow with the holiday season, adding accent lighting to your home can emphasize the theme you're going for. Based on the areas you want to emphasize most, you can add wall sconces, flood lights, recessed light, track lights or other accent options. Not sure which style of accent lighting you want to use? Consider calling a personal decorator to help you make the decision. 

Add visual interest to your holiday decorations
Much like sprucing up your Christmas tree and holiday color scheme with focal point lights, accent lighting can be used to add visual interest to any of your holiday decorations. Perhaps you want to light up the traditional nativity scene you have on display, or a collection of small painted houses you crafted last year. Or feature a special holiday floor lamp or table lamp in gold or red to illuminate your space in a new way. No matter what you want to emphasize, accent lighting can make a subtle, yet bold statement.

Christmas is less than a month away. Is your home prepared for the holiday? If you're currently considering accent lighting, but you're not sure where to get started, contact a personal decorator from Decorating Den Interiors. He or she will come to your house, evaluate your space and come up with a variety of options for accent lighting based on your goals. With the suggested choices for lighting, your personal decorator can help you ring in the holiday spirit with ease and continue the elevated atmosphere all year long. 

Time is running out! What are you waiting for? Hurry and get in touch with a design consultant today. Happy holidays!